Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD

Professor, Medicine

Vasan Ramachandran
617.638.8090
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

Vasan S. Ramachandran, M.D., Principal Investigator and Director of the FHS, and Director of the FHS fellowship program in cardiovascular epidemiology for the last 25 years.

Dr. Ramachandran is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at BUSM/BUSPH, and Chief, Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, BUSM. He is the Jay & Louis Coffman Professor of Vascular Medicine at BUSM. Dr. Ramachandran is a trained cardiologist with subspecialty training in echocardiography. He is a fellow of the AHA Councils on Epidemiology and Prevention and Functional Genomics and Translational Biology, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He has extensive experience in supervising trainees at many levels and *teaches the foundational core course on Cardiovascular Epidemiology at BUSPH (EP751) that all trainees of this program will take*. He has several active R01 grants from the NHLBI/NIDDK and received two K24 Mid-Career Investigator mentoring grants from the NHLBI. He has mentored several K23 awardees, and is currently the primary mentor for four K23 awardees and a K99R00 grantee (junior faculty mentors-in-training in this program). Overall, he has supervised over 60 trainees during the past 20 years; most are in key positions in academia. He received the Outstanding Mentor awards from the Department of Medicine, BUSM, and the AHA Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and the prestigious AHA Population Science
Award in 2014.

Importantly, Dr. Ramachandran’s own peer-reviewed funding spans thematic areas of genetics and genomics, cardiac and vascular remodeling, novel biomarkers, systems biology including proteomics and metabolomics, and stem cell biology. He has a 25-year history in research in cardiovascular epidemiology, including the two years he trained as a FHS fellow (1993-1995). He established the first School of Public Health in India between 1996-1998, serving as its inaugural director and the coordinator of its MPH program. He is the founding member and leader of the international EchoGen consortium, and chairs the Steering Committee of the Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarker Consortium funded by the NIDDK (U01DK085689). He is recognized internationally for translational research in cardiovascular epidemiology and lectures regularly at the AHA early career session on “how to develop a career in translational research and epidemiology/genetics.” He is well equipped to mentor trainees about grant writing having been a member of the Cardiovascular and Sleep (CASE) SRG, and an active reviewer of grants for national and international funding agencies. He served for many years on the NHLBI panel for reviewing K23-K24-K25 career development grants. He is well qualified to mentor trainees in best publication practices and has served until recently as an Associate Editor for *Circulation*, and the Editor-in-Chief of *Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics*. He works collaboratively with the Center for Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research within the Department of Medicine, BUSM, that hosts multiple epidemiological datasets, including from multiple cohort studies, national surveys (NHANES), administrative databases and electronic health records; this center will be a valuable data source for trainees.

Other Positions

  • Jay & Louis Coffman Professor of Vascular Medicine , Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Section Chief, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, Echocardiography/Vascular Laboratory, Framingham Heart Study
  • Mentor for Graduate Medical Students, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), MD
  • All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), MBBS
  • All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), DM

Publications

  • Published on 7/4/2018

    Zekavat SM, Ruotsalainen S, Handsaker RE, Alver M, Bloom J, Poterba T, Seed C, Ernst J, Chaffin M, Engreitz J, Peloso GM, Manichaikul A, Yang C, Ryan KA, Fu M, Johnson WC, Tsai M, Budoff M, Ramachandran VS, Cupples LA, Rotter JI, Rich SS, Post W, Mitchell BD, Correa A, Metspalu A, Wilson JG, Salomaa V, Kellis M, Daly MJ, Neale BM, McCarroll S, Surakka I, Esko T, Ganna A, Ripatti S, Kathiresan S, Natarajan P. Deep coverage whole genome sequences and plasma lipoprotein(a) in individuals of European and African ancestries. Nat Commun. 2018 Jul 04; 9(1):2606. PMID: 29973585.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    de Boer RA, Nayor M, deFilippi CR, Enserro D, Bhambhani V, Kizer JR, Blaha MJ, Brouwers FP, Cushman M, Lima JAC, Bahrami H, van der Harst P, Wang TJ, Gansevoort RT, Fox CS, Gaggin HK, Kop WJ, Liu K, Vasan RS, Psaty BM, Lee DS, Hillege HL, Bartz TM, Benjamin EJ, Chan C, Allison M, Gardin JM, Januzzi JL, Shah SJ, Levy D, Herrington DM, Larson MG, van Gilst WH, Gottdiener JS, Bertoni AG, Ho JE. Association of Cardiovascular Biomarkers With Incident Heart Failure With Preserved and Reduced Ejection Fraction. JAMA Cardiol. 2018 Mar 01; 3(3):215-224. PMID: 29322198.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Nayor M, Duncan MS, Musani SK, Xanthakis V, LaValley MP, Larson MG, Fox ER, Vasan RS. Incidence of cardiovascular disease in individuals affected by recent changes to US blood pressure treatment guidelines. J Hypertens. 2018 Feb; 36(2):436-443. PMID: 29084083.

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  • Published on 1/9/2018

    Jørgensen ME, Andersson C, Vasan RS, Køber L, Abdulla J. Characteristics and prognosis of heart failure with improved compared with persistently reduced ejection fraction: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2018 Mar; 25(4):366-376. PMID: 29313369.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Weinstein G, Zelber-Sagi S, Preis SR, Beiser AS, DeCarli C, Speliotes EK, Satizabal CL, Vasan RS, Seshadri S. Association of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease With Lower Brain Volume in Healthy Middle-aged Adults in the Framingham Study. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Jan 01; 75(1):97-104. PMID: 29159396.

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  • Published on 12/27/2017

    Sarnowski C, Satizabal CL, DeCarli C, Pitsillides AN, Cupples LA, Vasan RS, Wilson JG, Bis JC, Fornage M, Beiser AS, DeStefano AL, Dupuis J, Seshadri S. Whole genome sequence analyses of brain imaging measures in the Framingham Study. Neurology. 2018 Jan 16; 90(3):e188-e196. PMID: 29282330.

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  • Published on 12/26/2017

    Zachariah JP, Rong J, Larson MG, Hamburg NM, Benjamin EJ, Vasan RS, Mitchell GF. Metabolic Predictors of Change in Vascular Function: Prospective Associations From a Community-Based Cohort. Hypertension. 2018 Feb; 71(2):237-242. PMID: 29279312.

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  • Published on 12/19/2017

    Benson MD, Yang Q, Ngo D, Zhu Y, Shen D, Farrell LA, Sinha S, Keyes MJ, Vasan RS, Larson MG, Smith JG, Wang TJ, Gerszten RE. Genetic Architecture of the Cardiovascular Risk Proteome. Circulation. 2018 Mar 13; 137(11):1158-1172. PMID: 29258991.

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  • Published on 12/11/2017

    Bhambhani V, Kizer JR, Lima JAC, van der Harst P, Bahrami H, Nayor M, de Filippi CR, Enserro D, Blaha MJ, Cushman M, Wang TJ, Gansevoort RT, Fox CS, Gaggin HK, Kop WJ, Liu K, Vasan RS, Psaty BM, Lee DS, Brouwers FP, Hillege HL, Bartz TM, Benjamin EJ, Chan C, Allison M, Gardin JM, Januzzi JL, Levy D, Herrington DM, van Gilst WH, Bertoni AG, Larson MG, de Boer RA, Gottdiener JS, Shah SJ, Ho JE. Predictors and outcomes of heart failure with mid-range ejection fraction. Eur J Heart Fail. 2018 Apr; 20(4):651-659. PMID: 29226491.

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  • Published on 12/11/2017

    Ko D, Preis SR, Lubitz SA, McManus DD, Vasan RS, Hamburg NM, Benjamin EJ, Mitchell GF. Relation of Orthostatic Hypotension With New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation (From the Framingham Heart Study). Am J Cardiol. 2018 Mar 01; 121(5):596-601. PMID: 29290367.

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