Khurram Nasir

Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH

William A. Zoghbi, MD Centennial Chair in Cardiovascular Health, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
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.

Active Clinical Trials




Association of cardiovascular risk profile with premature all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in US adults: findings from a national study
Nguyen, RT, Jain, V, Acquah, I, Khan, SU, Parekh, T, Taha, M, Virani, SS, Blaha, MJ, Nasir, K & Javed, Z 2024, , BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, vol. 24, no. 1, 91.

Contemporary attitudes and beliefs on coronary artery calcium from social media using artificial intelligence
Somani, S, Balla, S, Peng, AW, Dudum, R, Jain, S, Nasir, K, Maron, DJ, Hernandez-Boussard, T & Rodriguez, F 2024, , npj Digital Medicine, vol. 7, no. 1, 83.

Catheter ablation versus medical therapy in atrial fibrillation: an umbrella review of meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials
Titus, A, Syeed, S, Baburaj, A, Bhanushali, K, Gaikwad, P, Sooraj, M, Saji, AM, Mir, WAY, Kumar, PA, Dasari, M, Ahmed, MA, Khan, MO, Titus, A, Gaur, J, Annappah, D, Raj, A, Noreen, N, Hasdianda, A, Sattar, Y, Narasimhan, B, Mehta, N, Desimone, CV, Deshmukh, A, Ganatra, S, Nasir, K & Dani, S 2024, , BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, vol. 24, no. 1, 131.

Geographic proximity to cardiovascular clinical trial sites: A National analysis in the United States
Salerno, PRVDO, Bourges-Sevenier, B, Chen, Z, Pereira, GTR, Deo, S, Nasir, K, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2024, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 49, no. 8, 102683.

Cardiovascular disease in Arab Americans: A literature review of prevalence, risk factors, and directions for future research
Lababidi, H, Lababidi, G, Rifai, MA, Nasir, K & Al-Kindi, S 2024, , American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 18, 100665, pp. 100665.

Association Between Cardiovascular Health Status and Healthcare Utilization in a Large Integrated Healthcare System
Lien, I, Moffet, H, Liu, J, Karter, A, Solomon, M, Go, A, Nasir, K, Sidney, S & Rana, J 2024, , AJPM Focus, vol. 3, no. 3, 100213.

Houston Methodist cardiovascular learning health system (CVD-LHS) registry: Methods for development and implementation of an automated electronic medical record-based registry using an informatics framework approach
Nasir, K, Gullapelli, R, Nicolas, JC, Bose, B, Nwana, N, Butt, SA, Shahid, I, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Patel, KV, Bhimaraj, A, Javed, Z, Andrieni, J, Al-Kindi, S, Jones, SL & Zoghbi, WA 2024, , American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 18, 100678, pp. 100678.,

County-level socio-environmental factors and obesity prevalence in the United States
Salerno, PRVO, Qian, A, Dong, W, Deo, S, Nasir, K, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2024, , Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 1766-1774.

Transportation-Related Carbon Footprint of Coronary Heart Disease Ambulatory Care in the United States
Salerno, PRVO, Chen, Z, Bourges-Sevenier, B, Qian, A, Deo, S, Nasir, K, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2024, , Circulation Research, vol. 134, no. 9, pp. 1218-1220.

Environmental Exposome and Atrial Fibrillation: Emerging Evidence and Future Directions
Wass, SY, Hahad, O, Asad, Z, Li, S, Chung, MK, Benjamin, EJ, Nasir, K, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, SG 2024, , Circulation Research, vol. 134, no. 8, pp. 1029-1045.

Association of Environmental Injustice and Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors in the United States
Khadke, S, Kumar, A, Al-Kindi, S, Rajagopalan, S, Kong, Y, Nasir, K, Ahmad, J, Adamkiewicz, G, Delaney, S, Nohria, A, Dani, SS & Ganatra, S 2024, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 13, no. 7, e033428.

Epidemiology and Prognostic Implications of Coronary Artery Calcium in Asymptomatic Individuals With Prediabetes: A Multicohort Study
Rifai, MA, Al-Mallah, MH, Blaha, MJ, Patel, J, McEvoy, JW, Nasir, K, Shahid, I, Patel, KV, Sharma, G, Marrugat, J, Tizon-Marcos, H, Erbel, R, Stang, A, Jöckel, KH, Lehmann, N, Schramm, S, Schmidt, B, Blumenthal, RS, Virani, SS, Nambi, V & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2024, , Diabetes care, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 698-706.

Coronary artery calcium for stroke mortality prediction
Erhabor, J, Boakye, E, Dardari, Z, Dzaye, O, Soroosh, G, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K, Rumberger, JA, Shaw, LJ, Johansen, MC & Blaha, MJ 2024, , Vascular Medicine (United Kingdom), vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 213-214.

Examining the interplay between cardiovascular disease and cancer incidence: Data from NHANES III and continuous
Makram, OM, Kunhiraman, HH, Harris, RA, Hedrick, CC, Nasir, K, Weintraub, NL, Wang, X & Guha, A 2024, , American Heart Journal Plus: Cardiology Research and Practice, vol. 40, 100380.

The art of deciphering and communicating cardiovascular risk: getting it right
Khan, SU, A-Kindi, S & Nasir, K 2024, , European heart journal, vol. 45, no. 12, pp. 1014-1016.

Lipoprotein(a) and Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients With or Without Baseline Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
Berman, AN, Biery, DW, Besser, SA, Singh, A, Shiyovich, A, Weber, BN, Huck, DM, Divakaran, S, Hainer, J, Kaur, G, Blaha, MJ, Cannon, CP, Plutzky, J, Januzzi, JL, Booth, JN, López, JAG, Kent, ST, Nasir, K, Di Carli, MF, Bhatt, DL & Blankstein, R 2024, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 83, no. 9, pp. 873-886.

Age- and sex-based heterogeneity in coronary artery plaque presence and burden in familial hypercholesterolemia: A multi-national study
Nasir, K, Mszar, R, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Grandhi, GR, Tromp, TR, Alonso, R, Bittencourt, MS, Bruckert, E, Díaz-Díaz, JL, Gallo, A, Hovingh, GK, Miname, MH, Muñiz-Grijalvo, O, Pang, J, de Isla, LP, Sijbrands, EJG, Watts, GF, Mata, P & Santos, RD 2024, , American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 17, 100611, pp. 100611.

Atherothrombotic and thrombolytic biomarkers in incident stroke and atrial fibrillation-related stroke: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Lidani, KCF, Trainor, PJ, Bhatia, HS, Nasir, K, Blaha, MJ, Tsai, MY, Gottesman, RF, Post, WS, Thanassoulis, G, Tsimikas, S, Heckbert, SR & DeFilippis, AP 2024, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 390, 117451.

Redefining Cardiovascular Risk Assessment as a Spectrum: From Binary to Continuous
Saba, PS, Al Kindi, S & Nasir, K 2024, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 83, no. 5, pp. 574-576.

Social Determinants of Health Framework to Identify and Reduce Barriers to Imaging in Marginalized Communities
Elmohr, MM, Javed, Z, Dubey, P, Jordan, JE, Shah, L, Nasir, K, Rohren, EM & Lincoln, CM 2024, , Radiology, vol. 310, no. 2, 223097.