Kaku So-Armah, PhD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Kaku So-Armah
617.414.4376
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

Dr. So-Armah is an epidemiologist with expertise in cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of cohort studies and use of electronic health record data for research. His lab uses molecular biology coupled with data on health behaviors, risk factors and disease diagnoses to identify and explain novel epidemiological associations and identify novel intervention targets. His research focuses on substance use and chronic infections like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and tuberculosis (TB) and how these exposures impact the heart, liver and lungs.

His work uses data from the Russian cohort of the Uganda Russia Boston Alcohol Network Alcohol Research Collaboration on HIV/AIDS (URBAN ARCH) as well as the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS).

His long-term goal is to translate the growing understanding of the mechanisms of excess HIV-related comorbid disease risk into effective, sustainable interventions for HIV populations bearing the brunt of the HIV epidemic.

Other Positions

  • Faculty, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD
  • Amherst College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 5/6/2022

    Bahji A, Li Y, Vickers-Smith R, Crystal S, Kerns RD, Gordon KS, Macmadu A, Skanderson M, So-Armah K, Sung ML, Bhondoekhan F, Marshall BDL, Edelman EJ. Self-Reported Cannabis Use and HIV Viral Control among Patients with HIV Engaged in Care: Results from a National Cohort Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 May 06; 19(9). PMID: 35565045.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/5/2022

    Kholodnaia A, So-Armah K, Cheng D, Gnatienko N, Patts G, Samet JH, Freiberg M, Lioznov D. Impact of illicit opioid use on markers of monocyte activation and systemic inflammation in people living with HIV. PLoS One. 2022; 17(5):e0265504. PMID: 35511802.

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  • Published on 4/27/2022

    Polanka BM, Gupta SK, So-Armah KA, Freiberg MS, Zapolski TCB, Hirsh AT, Stewart JC. Examining Depression as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease in People with HIV: A Systematic Review. Ann Behav Med. 2022 Apr 27. PMID: 35481701.

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  • Published on 3/15/2022

    Bailin SS, Kundu S, Wellons M, Freiberg MS, Doyle MF, Tracy RP, Justice AC, Wanjalla CN, Landay AL, So-Armah K, Mallal S, Kropski JA, Koethe JR. Circulating CD4+ TEMRA and CD4+ CD28- T cells and incident diabetes among persons with and without HIV. AIDS. 2022 03 15; 36(4):501-511. PMID: 34860194.

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  • Published on 3/12/2022

    Pierre F, Forman LS, Winter M, Cheng D, Ngabirano C, Emenyonu N, Hunt PW, Huang Y, Muyindike W, Samet J, Hahn JA, So-Armah K. Alcohol Consumption and Tryptophan Metabolism Among People with HIV Prior to Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation: The Uganda ARCH Cohort Study. Alcohol Alcohol. 2022 Mar 12; 57(2):219-225. PMID: 34027552.

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  • Published on 2/3/2022

    Bourgi K, Kundu S, Stewart JC, So-Armah K, Freiberg M, Gupta SK. Associations of HIV and Depression with Incident Diabetes Mellitus: Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Feb 03. PMID: 35134838.

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  • Published on 9/8/2021

    Freiberg MS, Duncan MS, Alcorn C, Chang CH, Kundu S, Mumpuni A, Smith EK, Loch S, Bedigian A, Vittinghoff E, So-Armah K, Hsue PY, Justice AC, Tseng ZH. HIV Infection and the Risk of World Health Organization-Defined Sudden Cardiac Death. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 09 21; 10(18):e021268. PMID: 34493058.

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  • Published on 6/25/2021

    Sico JJ, Kundu S, So-Armah K, Gupta SK, Chang CH, Butt AA, Gibert CL, Marconi VC, Crystal S, Tindle HA, Freiberg MS, Stewart JC. Depression as a Risk Factor for Incident Ischemic Stroke Among HIV-Positive Veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 07 06; 10(13):e017637. PMID: 34169726.

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  • Published on 6/16/2021

    Duncan MS, Alcorn CW, Freiberg MS, So-Armah K, Patterson OV, DuVall SL, Crothers KA, Re VL, Butt AA, Lim JK, Kim JW, Tindle HA, Justice AC, Brittain EL. Association between HIV and incident pulmonary hypertension in US Veterans: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet Healthy Longev. 2021 Jul; 2(7):e417-e425. PMID: 34296203.

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  • Published on 6/8/2021

    Chichetto NE, Kundu S, Freiberg MS, Koethe JR, Butt AA, Crystal S, So-Armah KA, Cook RL, Braithwaite RS, Justice AC, Fiellin DA, Khan M, Bryant KJ, Gaither JR, Barve SS, Crothers K, Bedimo RJ, Warner A, Tindle HA. Association of Syndemic Unhealthy Alcohol Use, Smoking, and Depressive Symptoms on Incident Cardiovascular Disease among Veterans With and Without HIV-Infection. AIDS Behav. 2021 Sep; 25(9):2852-2862. PMID: 34101074.

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