Kaku So-Armah, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Kaku So-Armah
617.414.4376
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

Kaku So-Armah is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. His training is in epidemiology and his doctoral research focused on the role of co-morbid diseases and immunologic alterations in HIV-related cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.

He is currently funded on a research supplement from the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study the impact of liver injury on innate and adaptive immune dysfunction in HIV. This work is ongoing and uses data from the Russian cohort of the Uganda Russia Boston Alcohol Network Alcohol Research Collaboration on HIV/AIDS (URBAN ARCH).

His long-term goal is to translate our growing understanding of the mechanisms of excess HIV-related CVD risk into effective, sustainable CVD risk reduction strategies for HIV populations in resource-limited settings. He specializes in HIV-related cardiovascular disease risk, HIV and liver disease, and HIV, alcohol use, and immune alterations.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD
  • Amherst College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 5/11/2018

    So-Armah K, Freiberg MS. HIV and Cardiovascular Disease: Update on Clinical Events, Special Populations, and Novel Biomarkers. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 May 11. PMID: 29752699.

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  • Published on 5/2/2018

    Marconi VC, Duncan MS, So-Armah K, Re VL, Lim JK, Butt AA, Goetz MB, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Alcorn CW, Lennox J, Beckman JA, Justice A, Freiberg M. Bilirubin Is Inversely Associated With Cardiovascular Disease Among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Individuals in VACS (Veterans Aging Cohort Study). J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 May 02; 7(10). PMID: 29720501.

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  • Published on 4/15/2018

    O'Bryan TA, Agan BK, Tracy RP, Freiberg MS, Okulicz JF, So-Armah K, Ganesan A, Rimland D, Lalani T, Deiss RG, Tramont EC. Brief Report: Racial Comparison of D-Dimer Levels in US Male Military Personnel Before and After HIV Infection and Viral Suppression. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 Apr 15; 77(5):502-506. PMID: 29315115.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    Brittain EL, Duncan MS, Chang J, Patterson OV, DuVall SL, Brandt CA, So-Armah KA, Goetz M, Akgun K, Crothers K, Zola C, Kim J, Gibert C, Pisani M, Morris A, Hsue P, Tindle HA, Justice A, Freiberg M. Increased Echocardiographic Pulmonary Pressure in HIV-infected and -uninfected Individuals in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Apr 01; 197(7):923-932. PMID: 29131651.

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  • Published on 3/13/2018

    Beckman JA, Duncan MS, Alcorn CW, So-Armah K, Butt AA, Goetz MB, Tindle HA, Sico JJ, Tracy RP, Justice AC, Freiberg MS. Association of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease. Circulation. 2018 Jul 17; 138(3):255-265. PMID: 29535090.

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  • Published on 8/30/2017

    So-Armah KA, Lim JK, Lo Re V, Tate JP, Chang CH, Butt AA, Gibert CL, Rimland D, Marconi VC, Goetz MB, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Budoff MJ, Tindle HA, Samet JH, Justice AC, Freiberg MS. FIB-4 stage of liver fibrosis predicts incident heart failure among HIV-infected and uninfected patients. Hepatology. 2017 Oct; 66(4):1286-1295. PMID: 28543215.

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  • Published on 8/15/2017

    Taylor BS, So-Armah K, Tate JP, Marconi VC, Koethe JR, Bedimo RJ, Butt AA, Gibert CL, Goetz MB, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Womack JA, Gerschenson M, Lo Re V, Rimland D, Yin MT, Leaf D, Tracy RP, Justice AC, Freiberg MS. HIV and Obesity Comorbidity Increase Interleukin 6 but Not Soluble CD14 or D-Dimer. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Aug 15; 75(5):500-508. PMID: 28696344.

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  • Published on 5/4/2017

    Edelman EJ, So-Armah K, Cheng DM, Doyle MF, Coleman SM, Bridden C, Gnatienko N, Lioznov DA, Blokhina E, Freiberg MS, Krupitsky EM, Emu B, Samet JH. Impact of illicit opioid use on T cell subsets among HIV-infected adults. PLoS One. 2017; 12(5):e0176617. PMID: 28472064.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Freiberg MS, Chang CH, Skanderson M, Patterson OV, DuVall SL, Brandt CA, So-Armah KA, Vasan RS, Oursler KA, Gottdiener J, Gottlieb S, Leaf D, Rodriguez-Barradas M, Tracy RP, Gibert CL, Rimland D, Bedimo RJ, Brown ST, Goetz MB, Warner A, Crothers K, Tindle HA, Alcorn C, Bachmann JM, Justice AC, Butt AA. Association Between HIV Infection and the Risk of Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction and Preserved Ejection Fraction in the Antiretroviral Therapy Era: Results From the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 May 01; 2(5):536-546. PMID: 28384660.

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  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Khambaty T, Stewart JC, Gupta SK, Chang CH, Bedimo RJ, Budoff MJ, Butt AA, Crane H, Gibert CL, Leaf DA, Rimland D, Tindle HA, So-Armah KA, Justice AC, Freiberg MS. Association Between Depressive Disorders and Incident Acute Myocardial Infarction in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Adults: Veterans Aging Cohort Study. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Nov 01; 1(8):929-937. PMID: 27557332.

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