Hasmeena Kathuria MD

Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

72 E. Concord Street | (617) 638-4860
Hasmeena Kathuria

Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine


BU-BMC Cancer Center

Pulmonary Center

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


Dr. Kathuria is a pulmonary, critical care, and sleep physician, an implementation scientist, and an expert on tobacco dependence. Her clinical and research efforts are in reducing health disparities by developing, implementing, and studying the outcomes of innovative programs that focus on teachable moments to promote health behavior change in tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable disease. She is a PI or Co-I on several pilot projects using various platforms to improve access to guideline recommended treatment. She recently conducted a randomized controlled trial funded by the American Lung Association (Lung Cancer Discovery Award) using an inpatient nurse-driven intervention to promote smoking cessation and lung cancer screening.

Dr. Kathuria has developed and directs the Tobacco Treatment Center at Boston Medical Center, a program that brings together a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who specialize in helping smokers quit cigarettes. The team provides tobacco dependence consultation on >1500 hospitalized smokers each year. For this work, she received the inaugural Evans Clinical Innovator Award relating to efforts to treat tobacco dependence in low SES populations. She received funding from the Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences to assess outcomes related to implementation of the program.

Dr. Kathuria has chaired a national project sponsored by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) to prioritize research needs to optimize smoking cessation in the context of lung cancer screening and is an invited member of the American Cancer Society Tobacco Cessation Task Group (National Lung Cancer Round Table) tasked to improve implementation of tobacco treatment in lung cancer screening programs. She is on an ATS panel that has developed an updated clinical tobacco treatment guideline, and is chairing a committee through the American College of Chest Physicians to develop a national clinical guideline on implementing inpatient tobacco treatment services. Dr. Kathuria has been appointed by the ATS president to serve as chair on the Tobacco Action Committee to help organize educational, advocacy and policy activities relating to tobacco use.


MD, Loyola University - Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

BA, Northwestern University


Published on 3/27/2024

Kathuria H, Wiener RS. Toward Racial Equity in Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility. J Clin Oncol. 2024 Mar 27; JCO2400351. PMID: 38537157.

Published on 2/9/2024

Kearney LE, Jansen E, Kathuria H, Steiling K, Jones KC, Walkey A, Cordella N. Efficacy of Digital Outreach Strategies for Collecting Smoking Data: Pragmatic Randomized Trial. JMIR Form Res. 2024 Feb 09; 8:e50465. PMID: 38335012.

Published on 2/6/2024

Flores A, Wiener RS, Hon S, Wakeman C, Howard J, Virani N, Mattus B, Foreman AG, Singh J, Rosen L, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. Sustainability of an Opt-Out Electronic-Health Record-based Tobacco Treatment Consult Service at a large safety-net hospital: A 6-year Analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2024 Feb 06. PMID: 38320328.

Published on 1/15/2024

Steiling K, Kathuria H. Occupational Benzene Exposure: An Unrecognized Threat for Lung Cancer Development. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 Jan 15; 209(2):128-130. PMID: 38029296.

Published on 11/15/2023

Lang AE, Kathuria H, Braillon A, Ewart G, Dagli E, Stepp EL, Galiatsatos P, Deepak J, Jordt SE, Hayes D. England Is Handing out E-Cigarettes: Is the "Swap to Stop" Tobacco Control Scheme Harm Reduction or Harm Production? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Nov 15; 208(10):1024-1025. PMID: 37682082.

Published on 9/1/2023

Garfield JL, Piper ME, Bauer SE, Kathuria H, Eakin MN. The Greatest LGBTQ+ Health Issue of All Time: Commercial Tobacco. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2023 Sep; 20(9):1227-1228. PMID: 37278727.

Published on 5/29/2023

Shusterman S, Villarreal-Calderon R, Gunawan A, Gallardo Foreman A, O'Donnell C, Wakeman C, Javeed H, Keteyian J, Howard J, Bulekova K, de Silva S, Campbell T, Lasser K, Kathuria H. A Financial Incentives Program to Promote Smoking Cessation Among Recently Hospitalized Individuals: Feasibility and Acceptability Study. JMIR Form Res. 2023 May 29; 7:e44979. PMID: 37247216.

Published on 5/11/2023

Booras A, Wiener RS, Maccarone J, Stokes AC, Fetterman JL, Hamburg NM, Singh J, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. A Longitudinal Study of Perceptions of the Massachusetts Menthol Ban and Its Impact on Smoking Behaviors among Marginalized Individuals. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 May 11; 20(10). PMID: 37239518.

Published on 3/15/2023

Steiling K, Kathuria H, Echieh CP, Ost DE, Rivera MP, Begnaud A, Celedón JC, Charlot M, Dietrick F, Duma N, Fong KM, Ford JG, Gould MK, Holguin F, Pérez-Stable EJ, Tanner NT, Thomson CC, Wiener RS, Wisnivesky J. Research Priorities for Interventions to Address Health Disparities in Lung Nodule Management: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Mar 15; 207(6):e31-e46. PMID: 36920066.

Published on 12/1/2022

Lopes LC, Zhang Y, Ross S, Fulone I, Zhu M, O'Brien KK, Pavalagantharajah S, Leone FT, Sachs DPL, Kathuria H, Murray RL, Zhang YQ. Varenicline for Tobacco-Dependent Adults Who Are Not Ready to Discontinue Use: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Dec; 19(12):2077-2086. PMID: 36129426.

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