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.


Trends in quality of primary care in the United States, 2007–2016
Saxena, A, Ramamoorthy, V, Rubens, M, McGranaghan, P, Veledar, E & Nasir, K 2022, , Scientific Reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 1982.

Cardiac Arrest in Young Adults With Ischemic Heart Disease in the United States, 2004-2018
Jain, V, Minhas, AMK, Kleiman, NS, Arshad, HB, Saleh, Y, Pandat, SS, Dani, SS, Goel, SS, Faza, N, Butt, SA, Blankstein, R, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Nasir, K & Khan, SU 2022, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 47, no. 11, 101312.

Association of U.S. birth, duration of residence in the U.S., and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk factors among Asian adults
Al Rifai, M, Kianoush, S, Jain, V, Joshi, PH, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Nasir, K, Merchant, AT, Dodani, S, Wong, SS, Samad, Z, Mehta, A, Chunara, R, Kalra, A & Virani, SS 2022, , Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 29, 101916.

Evolving Role of Calcium Density in Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Razavi, AC, Agatston, AS, Shaw, LJ, De Cecco, CN, van Assen, M, Sperling, LS, Bittencourt, MS, Daubert, MA, Nasir, K, Blumenthal, RS, Mortensen, MB, Whelton, SP, Blaha, MJ & Dzaye, O 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 1648-1662.

Coronary Atherosclerosis in an Asymptomatic U.S. Population: Miami Heart Study at Baptist Health South Florida
Nasir, K, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Valero-Elizondo, J, Ali, SS, Havistin, R, Lakshman, S, Blaha, MJ, Blankstein, R, Shapiro, MD, Arias, L, Saxena, A, Feldman, T, Budoff, MJ, Ziffer, JA, Fialkow, J & Cury, RC 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 1604-1618.

Coronary Artery Calcium Score to Refine the Use of PCSK9i in Asymptomatic Individuals: A Multicohort Study
Cainzos-Achirica, M, Quispe, R, Mszar, R, Dudum, R, Al Rifai, M, Erbel, R, Stang, A, Jöckel, KH, Lehmann, N, Schramm, S, Schmidt, B, Toth, PP, Rana, JS, Lima, JAC, de Vasconcellos, HD, Lloyd-Jones, D, Joshi, PH, Ayers, C, Khera, A, Blaha, MJ, Greenland, P & Nasir, K 2022, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 11, no. 16, e025737.

Online searches for SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists correlate with prescription rates in the United States: An infodemiological study
Dzaye, O, Berning, P, Razavi, AC, Adhikari, R, Jha, K, Nasir, K, Ayers, JW, Mortensen, MB & Blaha, MJ 2022, , Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, vol. 9, 936651.

Historical Neighborhood Redlining and Contemporary Cardiometabolic Risk
Motairek, I, Lee, EK, Janus, S, Farkouh, M, Freedman, D, Wright, J, Nasir, K, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 80, no. 2, pp. 171-175.

Effect of No-Charge Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring on Cardiovascular Prevention
Al-Kindi, S, Tashtish, N, Rashid, I, Gupta, A, AnsariGilani, K, Gilkeson, R, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Nasir, K, Pronovost, P, Simon, DI & Rajagopalan, S 2022, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 174, pp. 40-47.

Omega-3 fatty acids, subclinical atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular events: Implications for primary prevention
Alfaddagh, A, Kapoor, K, Dardari, ZA, Bhatt, DL, Budoff, MJ, Nasir, K, Miller, M, Welty, FK, Miedema, MD, Shapiro, MD, Tsai, MY, Blumenthal, RS & Blaha, MJ 2022, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 353, pp. 11-19.

Association of dementia with in-hospital outcomes in primary heart failure and acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations
Ijaz, SH, Minhas, AMK, Ghoneem, A, Khan, SU, Sharma, G, Mehta, NK, Kalra, A, Khan, SS, Warraich, HJ, Michos, ED, Nasir, K, Virani, SS, Ganatra, S & Dani, SS 2022, , Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, vol. 73, pp. 24-31.

Social Vulnerability and Excess Mortality in the COVID-19 Era
Motairek, I, Janus, SE, Hajjari, J, Nasir, K, Khan, SU, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2022, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 172, pp. 172-174.

Nativity-Related Disparities in Preterm Birth and Cardiovascular Risk in a Multiracial U.S. Cohort
Kwapong, YA, Boakye, E, Obisesan, OH, Shah, LM, Ogunwole, SM, Hays, AG, Blumenthal, RS, Creanga, AA, Blaha, MJ, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Nasir, K, Douglas, PS, Wang, X & Sharma, G 2022, , American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 885-894.

Relationship of American Heart Association's Life Simple 7, Ectopic Fat, and Insulin Resistance in 5 Racial/Ethnic Groups
Chevli, PA, Mehta, A, Allison, M, Ding, J, Nasir, K, Blaha, MJ, Blankstein, R, Talegawkar, SA, Kanaya, AM, Shapiro, MD & Mongraw-Chaffin, M 2022, , Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 107, no. 6, pp. E2394-E2404.

Maternal Glycemic Spectrum and Adverse Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes in a Multiracial US Cohort
Kwapong, YA, Boakye, E, Wang, G, Hong, X, Lewey, J, Mamas, MA, Wu, P, Blaha, MJ, Nasir, K, Hays, AG, Blumenthal, RS, Wang, X & Sharma, G 2022, , Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease, vol. 9, no. 6, 179.

Distribution of Coronary Artery Calcium by Age, Sex, and Race Among Patients 30-45 Years Old
Javaid, A, Dardari, ZA, Mitchell, JD, Whelton, SP, Dzaye, O, Lima, JAC, Lloyd-Jones, DM, Budoff, M, Nasir, K, Berman, DS, Rumberger, J, Miedema, MD, Villines, TC & Blaha, MJ 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 79, no. 19, pp. 1873-1886.

Burden of cardiovascular risk factors and disease in five Asian groups in Catalonia: a disaggregated, population-based analysis of 121 000 first-generation Asian immigrants
Satish, P, Vela, E, Bilal, U, Cleries, M, Kanaya, AM, Kandula, N, Virani, SS, Islam, N, Valero-Elizondo, J, Yahya, T, Comin-Colet, J, Nasir, K, Mauri, J & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2022, , European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 916-924.

Coronary artery calcium is associated with increased risk for lung and colorectal cancer in men and women: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Dzaye, O, Berning, P, Dardari, ZA, Mortensen, MB, Marshall, CH, Nasir, K, Budoff, MJ, Blumenthal, RS, Whelton, SP & Blaha, MJ 2022, , European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 708-716.

Trends in Characteristics and Outcomes in Primary Heart Failure Hospitalizations Among Older Population in the United States, 2004 to 2018
Minhas, AMK, Ijaz, SH, Jamal, S, Dani, SS, Khan, MS, Greene, SJ, Fudim, M, Warraich, HJ, Shapiro, MD, Virani, SS, Nasir, K & Khan, SU 2022, , Circulation. Heart failure, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. e008943.

Team-based strategies to prevent heart failure
Taha, MB, Patel, KV & Nasir, K 2022, , Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 294-301.