Bindu Kalesan PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

72 E. Concord Street | (617) 358-1307
Bindu Kalesan

Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology


Framingham Heart Study

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


I am a clinical epidemiologist and data scientist, with three interdisciplinary research pillars, within the umbrella of eliminating racial disparities and discrimination and promoting equity and social justice: 1) trauma and violence (firearm injury epidemiology), 2) cardiometabolic diseases 3) psychiatric and mental health conditions. I use novel statistical methodology, supervised and unsupervised machine learning and emerging m-health technologies. My most recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that the average profile of an American using a gun for suicide is a married, white male over the age of 50 who is experiencing deteriorating health.


Epidemiology, PhD, Universität Bern

Epidemiology, MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Epidemiology, MSc, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University


Published on 12/9/2023

Lee MM, Zuo Y, Steiling K, Mizgerd JP, Kalesan B, Walkey AJ. Clinical risk factors and blood protein biomarkers of 10-year pneumonia risk. medRxiv. 2023 Dec 09. PMID: 38105941.

Published on 8/24/2022

Oblath R, Herrera CN, Were LPO, Syeda HS, Duncan A, Ferguson T, Kalesan B, Perez DC, Taglieri J, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Long-Term Trends in Psychiatric Emergency Services Delivered by the Boston Emergency Services Team. Community Ment Health J. 2023 Feb; 59(2):370-380. PMID: 36001197.

Published on 11/2/2021

Kimmel SD, Kim JH, Kalesan B, Samet JH, Walley AY, Larochelle MR. Against Medical Advice Discharges in Injection and Non-injection Drug Use-associated Infective Endocarditis: A Nationwide Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 11 02; 73(9):e2484-e2492. PMID: 32756935.

Published on 2/4/2021

Siracuse JJ, Woodson J, Ellis RP, Farber A, Roddy SP, Kalesan B, Levin SR, Osborne NH, Srinivasan J. Intermittent claudication treatment patterns in the commercially insured non-Medicare population. J Vasc Surg. 2021 08; 74(2):499-504. PMID: 33548437.

Published on 2/1/2021

Siracuse JJ, Kalesan B. The need for a comprehensive vascular trauma registry. J Vasc Surg. 2021 02; 73(2):738. PMID: 33485501.

Published on 12/29/2020

Kalesan B, Siracuse JJ, Cook A, Prosperi M, Fagan J, Galea S. Prevalence and hospital charges from firearm injuries treated in US emergency departments from 2006 to 2016. Surgery. 2021 05; 169(5):1188-1198. PMID: 33384161.

Published on 9/16/2020

Siracuse JJ, Farber A, Cheng TW, Levin SR, Kalesan B. Hospital-Level Medicaid Prevalence Is Associated with Increased Length of Stay after Asymptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenting Despite no Increase in Major Complications. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Feb; 71:65-73. PMID: 32949743.

Published on 9/15/2020

Janeway MG, Zhao X, Rosenthaler M, Zuo Y, Balasubramaniyan K, Poulson M, Neufeld M, Siracuse JJ, Takahashi CE, Allee L, Dechert T, Burke PA, Li F, Kalesan B. Clinical diagnostic phenotypes in hospitalizations due to self-inflicted firearm injury. J Affect Disord. 2021 01 01; 278:172-180. PMID: 32961413.

Published on 7/27/2020

Kimmel SD, Walley AY, Linas BP, Kalesan B, Awtry E, Dobrilovic N, White L, LaRochelle M. Effect of Publicly Reported Aortic Valve Surgery Outcomes on Valve Surgery in Injection Drug- and Non-Injection Drug-Associated Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 07 27; 71(3):480-487. PMID: 31598642.

Published on 7/17/2020

Kalesan B, Zhao S, Poulson M, Neufeld M, Dechert T, Siracuse JJ, Zuo Y, Li F. Intersections of Firearm Suicide, Drug-Related Mortality, and Economic Dependency in Rural America. J Surg Res. 2020 12; 256:96-102. PMID: 32688080.

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