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 Health Data Science and Analytics
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Nasir Lab


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.


Neighborhood Walkability and Cardiovascular Risk in the United States
Makhlouf, MHE, Motairek, I, Chen, Z, Nasir, K, Deo, SV, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, SG 2023, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 48, no. 3, 101533.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment in Patients With Severe Hypercholesterolemia
Dong, T, Tashtish, N, Walker, J, Neeland, I, Nasir, K, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2023, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 190, pp. 48-53.

Social Determinants of Health, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Individuals of Vietnamese Origin
Nguyen, RT, Meyer, O, Chu, J, Le, V, Ho, TV, Le, A, Trinh, T, Shah, NS, Zhao, H, Nasir, K & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2023, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 189, pp. 11-21.

Food insecurity and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk in adults with diabetes
Dong, T, Harris, K, Freedman, D, Janus, S, Griggs, S, Iyer, Y, Nasir, K, Neeland, IJ, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, SG 2023, , Nutrition, vol. 106, 111865.

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.

Unfavorable social determinants of health are associated with higher burden of financial toxicity among patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in the US: findings from the National Health Interview Survey
Valero-Elizondo, J, Javed, Z, Khera, R, Tano, ME, Dudum, R, Acquah, I, Hyder, AA, Andrieni, J, Sharma, G, Blaha, MJ, Virani, SS, Blankstein, R, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , Archives of Public Health, vol. 80, no. 1, 248.

Therapeutic Inertia in Lipid-Lowering Treatment Intensification: Digital Tools and Performance Management to the Rescue?
Nasir, K & Salami, JA 2022, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, vol. 15, no. 12, pp. E009399.

Cumulative Social Disadvantage and All-Cause Mortality in the United States: Findings from a National Study
Javed, Z, Valero-Elizondo, J, Khan, SU, Taha, MB, Maqsood, MH, Mossialos, E, Sharma, G, Hyder, AA, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , Population Health Management, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 789-797.

Power of Zero as Gatekeeper for Stable Chest Pain Patients: Minimizing Losses and Maximizing Gains
Nasir, K & Khan, SU 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 80, no. 21, pp. 1978-1980.

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.

Relation of coronary calcium scoring with cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes: The CLARIFY Registry
Al-Kindi, S, Dong, T, Chen, W, Tashtish, N, Neeland, IJ, Nasir, K & Rajagopalan, S 2022, , Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, vol. 36, no. 11, 108269.

Disparities in Influenza Vaccination Coverage and Associated Factors Among Adults with Cardiovascular Disease, United States, 2011-2020
Parekh, T, Javed, Z, Khan, SU, Xue, H & Nasir, K 2022, , Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 19, pp. E67.

Association between REDUCE-IT criteria, coronary artery disease severity, and cardiovascular events: the Western Denmark Heart Registry
Mortensen, MB, Dzaye, O, Razavi, AC, Jensen, JM, Steffensen, FH, Bøtker, HE, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Sørensen, HT, Maeng, M, Blaha, MJ, Nasir, K & Nørgaard, BL 2022, , European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 29, no. 13, pp. 1802-1810.

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.

The Prognostic Value of CAC Zero Among Individuals Presenting With Chest Pain: A Meta-Analysis
Agha, AM, Pacor, J, Grandhi, GR, Mszar, R, Khan, SU, Parikh, R, Agrawal, T, Burt, J, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Shaw, LJ, Al-Mallah, MH, Brackett, A, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Miller, EJ & Nasir, K 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. 1745-1757.

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Disparities in Utilization of Cardiovascular Preventive Services by Socioeconomic Status
Verma, H, Javed, Z, Hong, JC, Mahajan, S, Mszar, R, Grandhi, GR, Desai, NR, Virani, SS, Javed, U, Valero-Elizondo, J & Nasir, K 2022, , Population Health Management, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 669-676.

Contemporary National Patterns of Eligibility and Use of Novel Lipid-Lowering Therapies in the United States
Shen, M, Nargesi, AA, Nasir, K, Bhatt, DL & Khera, R 2022, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 11, no. 18, e026075.

Inequalities by Income in the Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease and Its Risk Factors in the Adult Population of Catalonia
Mullachery, PH, Vela, E, Cleries, M, Comin-Colet, J, Nasir, K, Diez Roux, AV, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Mauri, J & Bilal, U 2022, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 11, no. 17, e026587.

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.