Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH

Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute
Jerold B. Katz Investigator, Academic Institute
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness, Department of Cardiology
Co-director, Center for Outcomes Research
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Nasir received his MD from Pakistan, followed by a MPH at John Hopkins University. Dr. Nasir completed his internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center and cardiology fellowship at Yale University. He also received postdoctoral research training at the division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was recipient of NIH T-32 fellowship in cardiac imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. He recently earned a Master’s degree in Health Economics and Policy Management from London School of Economics & Political Science.

Dr. Nasir serves as Associate Editor for Circulation: Quality of Care and Outcomes, editorial board member for Circulation as well on the board of directors for American Society of Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). He was honored with the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013, which acknowledges alumni who have typified Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the University by their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, or humanitarian service

Dr. Nasir has over 500 peer-reviewed articles which are published in top journals such as Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Journal of American College of Cardiology and European Heart Journal. Dr. Nasir has lectured extensively throughout the world on coronary arthrosclerosis, cardiac imaging and prevention.

Description of Research

Dr. Nasir’s area of expertise in preventive cardiology involves the identification of high-risk individuals — those likely to have a heart attack or stroke. His research helps to identify the at-risk population so that treatments may be targeted to them.


Delayed medical care due to transportation barriers among adults with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Acquah, I, Hagan, K, Valero-Elizondo, J, Javed, Z, Butt, SA, Mahajan, S, Taha, MB, Hyder, AA, Mossialos, E, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , American Heart Journal, vol. 245, pp. 60-69.

Rationale and pathways forward in the implementation of coronary artery calcium-based enrichment of randomized trials
Cainzos-Achirica, M, Anugula, D, Mszar, R, Grandhi, G, Patel, KV, Bittencourt, MS, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Blumenthal, RS, Ray, KK, Bhatt, DL & Nasir, K 2022, , American Heart Journal, vol. 243, pp. 54-65.

Contemporary national trends and disparities for head CT use in emergency department settings: Insights from National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) 2007–2017
Dubey, P, Saxena, A, Jordan, JE, Xian, Z, Javed, Z, Jindal, G, Vahidy, F, Sostman, DH & Nasir, K 2022, , Journal of the National Medical Association.

Race and Ethnicity and Cardiometabolic Risk Profile: Disparities Across Income and Health Insurance in a National Sample of US Adults
Javed, Z, Maqsood, MH, Amin, Z & Nasir, K 2022, , Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, vol. 28, pp. S91-S100.

Rationale and pathways forward in the implementation of coronary artery calcium-based enrichment of randomized trials
Cainzos-Achirica, M, Anugula, D, Mszar, R, Grandhi, G, Patel, K, Bittencourt, MS, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Blumenthal, RS, Ray, KK, Bhatt, DL & Nasir, K 2022, , American Heart Journal, vol. 243, pp. 54-65.

Clinical and Economic Burden of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Hospitalized Young Adults in the United States, 2004-2018
Minhas, AMK, Awan, MU, Raza, M, Virani, SS, Sharma, G, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Al-Kindi, SG, Kaluksi, E, Nasir, K & Khan, SU 2022, , Current Problems in Cardiology.

Long-Term Prognostic Implications and Role of Further Testing in Adults Aged =55 Years With a Coronary Calcium Score of Zero (from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis)
Cainzos-Achirica, M, Acquah, I, Dardari, Z, Mszar, R, Greenland, P, Blankstein, R, Bittencourt, M, Rajagopalan, S, Al-Kindi, SG, Polak, JF, Blumenthal, RS, Blaha, MJ & Nasir, K 2021, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 161, pp. 26-35.

Prevalence and predictors of cost-related medication nonadherence in individuals with cardiovascular disease: Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey
Kherallah, R, Al Rifai, M, Kamat, I, Krittanawong, C, Mahtta, D, Lee, MT, Liu, J, Nasir, K, Valero-Elizondo, J, Patel, J, Al-Mallah, MH, Petersen, LA & Virani, SS 2021, , Preventive Medicine, vol. 153, 106715.

Cardiac involvement in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and its incremental value in outcomes prediction
Pournazari, P, Spangler, AL, Ameer, F, Hagan, KK, Tano, ME, Chamsi-Pasha, M, Chebrolu, LH, Zoghbi, WA, Nasir, K & Nagueh, SF 2021, , Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 19450.

Development and validation of a polysocial risk score for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Javed, Z, Valero-Elizondo, J, Dudum, R, Khan, SU, Dubey, P, Hyder, AA, Xu, J, Bilal, U, Kash, BA, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2021, , American journal of preventive cardiology, vol. 8, pp. 100251.

Age Is Just a Number: Lowering the Bar for Coronary Artery Calcium Testing
Nasir, K & Hecht, H 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 14, no. 12, pp. 2397-2399.

Association of inflammatory markers and lipoprotein particle subclasses with progression of coronary artery calcium: The multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis
Zeb, I, Jorgensen, NW, Blumenthal, RS, Burke, GL, Lloyd-Jones, D, Blaha, MJ, Wong, ND, Nasir, K & Budoff, MJ 2021, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 339, pp. 27-34.

Reducing disparities in adverse pregnancy outcomes in the United States
Shah, LM, Varma, B, Nasir, K, Walsh, MN, Blumenthal, RS, Mehta, LS & Sharma, G 2021, , American Heart Journal, vol. 242, pp. 92-102.

National Trends and Disparities in Hospitalization for Acute Hypertension Among Medicare Beneficiaries (1999-2019)
Lu, Y, Wang, Y, Spatz, ES, Onuma, O, Nasir, K, Rodriguez, F, Watson, KE & Krumholz, HM 2021, , Circulation, vol. 144, no. 21, pp. 1683-1693.

The Role of Coronary Artery Calcium Testing for Value-Based Clinical Trials in Primary Prevention
Fentanes, E, Cainzos Achirica, M, Nasir, K & Blankstein, R 2021, , Current Atherosclerosis Reports, vol. 23, no. 11, 73.

Prognostic significance of aortic valve calcium in relation to coronary artery calcification for long-term, cause-specific mortality: Results from the CAC Consortium
Han, D, Cordoso, R, Whelton, S, Rozanski, A, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K, Shaw, LJ, Rumberger, JA, Gransar, H, Dardari, Z, Blumenthal, RS, Blaha, MJ & Berman, DS 2021, , European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 22, no. 11, pp. 1257-1263.

Status of International Medical Graduates in Cardiology and Its Subspecialties in the United States
Shahid, I, Khan, MS, Khan, SU, Fudim, M, Sharma, G, Mehta, L & Nasir, K 2021, , Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. e008196.

Modeling the Recommended Age for Initiating Coronary Artery Calcium Testing Among At-Risk Young Adults
Dzaye, O, Razavi, AC, Dardari, ZA, Shaw, LJ, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K, Rozanski, A, Rumberger, JA, Orringer, CE, Smith, SC, Blankstein, R, Whelton, SP, Mortensen, MB & Blaha, MJ 2021, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 78, no. 16, pp. 1573-1583.

Social Vulnerability and Premature Cardiovascular Mortality Among US Counties, 2014 to 2018
Khan, SU, Javed, Z, Lone, AN, Dani, SS, Amin, Z, Al-Kindi, SG, Virani, SS, Sharma, G, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2021, , Circulation, vol. 144, no. 16, pp. 1272-1279.

Coronary Calcium to Rule Out Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Patients With Acute Chest Pain
Grandhi, GR, Mszar, R, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Rajan, T, Latif, MA, Bittencourt, MS, Shaw, LJ, Batlle, JC, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Cury, RC & Nasir, K 2021, , JACC. Cardiovascular imaging.