Kaku So-Armah PhD

Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine

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Kaku So-Armah

General Internal Medicine


Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit


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.


Epidemiology, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Chemistry, BA, Amherst College


Published on 11/27/2023

Sung ML, Eden SK, Becker WC, Crystal S, Duncan MS, Gordon KS, Kerns RD, Kundu S, Freiberg M, So-Armah KA, Edelman EJ. The Association of Prescribed Opioids and Incident Cardiovascular Disease. J Pain. 2024 May; 25(5):104436. PMID: 38029949.

Published on 11/1/2023

McLaughlin A, Lin N, Jiang W, Lodi S, Lioznov D, Patts G, Gnatienko N, Blokhina E, Bendiks S, Freiberg MS, Tindle HA, Krupitsky E, Hahn JA, Samet JH, So-Armah K. Association of Alcohol Consumption With CD4 Recovery After Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation in St. Petersburg, Russia. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2023 Nov 01; 94(3):244-252. PMID: 37850982.

Published on 10/13/2023

Ly SM, Fitzpatrick AM, Canfield J, Powis A, So-Armah K, Hurstak EE. Improving DEIB in Addiction Medicine Training Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Program Evaluation. Subst Abus. 2023 Oct; 44(4):277-281. PMID: 37830542.

Published on 10/1/2023

Greenberg AE, Wutoh A, Bowleg L, Robinson B, Magnus M, Segarra L, Simon P, Wutoh A, Blankenship K, Burke M, Okeke NL, Corneli A, Hussen S, Holliday RC, Ciaranello A, Ghebremichael M, Haberer J, Irvin R, Irvin N, Antoine DG, Chen Z, Momplaisir F, Jordan-Sciutto K, So-Armah K, Kuo C, Flanigan T, Sanchez M, Levine AD, Sluis-Cremer N, Koethe JR, Dash C, Pereira FA, Rice AP, Newell A, Dacus J, Wood C, Elopre L, Rana A, Pitpitan E, Stockman JK, Sauceda J, Marquez C, Robinson S, Chi BH, Balkus J, Walters K, Lewin A, Schoonmaker A, Wong E, Refsland E. Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pathway Initiative (CDEIPI): Developing Career Pathways for Early-Stage Scholars From Racial and Ethnic Groups Underrepresented in HIV Science and Medicine. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2023 Oct 01; 94(2S):S5-S12. PMID: 37707842.

Published on 10/1/2023

Delamerced J, Ramirez L, Kimberly JA, Vargas SI, Flanigan TP, Sanchez MC, Bruciati K, So-Armah K. Going to the Source: Discussions With Early and Mid-Career Faculty From Groups Underrepresented in Biomedical Research to Develop and Enhance CFAR Services. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2023 Oct 01; 94(2S):S108-S115. PMID: 37707857.

Published on 6/8/2023

Torgersen J, Akers S, Huo Y, Terry JG, Carr JJ, Ruutiainen AT, Skanderson M, Levin W, Lim JK, Taddei TH, So-Armah K, Bhattacharya D, Rentsch CT, Shen L, Carr R, Shinohara RT, McClain M, Freiberg M, Justice AC, Lo Re V. Performance of an automated deep learning algorithm to identify hepatic steatosis within noncontrast computed tomography scans among people with and without HIV. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2023 Oct; 32(10):1121-1130. PMID: 37276449.

Published on 6/6/2023

Kane JC, Allen I, Fatch R, Scheffler A, Emenyonu N, Puryear SB, Chirayil P, So-Armah K, Kahler CW, Magidson JF, Conroy AA, Edelman EJ, Woolf-King S, Parry C, Kiene SM, Chamie G, Adong J, Go VF, Cook RL, Muyindike W, Morojele N, Blokhina E, Krupitsky E, Fiellin DA, Hahn JA. Efficacy of alcohol reduction interventions among people with HIV as evaluated by self-report and a phosphatidylethanol (PEth) outcome: protocol for a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2023 Jun 06; 13(6):e070713. PMID: 37280036.

Published on 5/25/2023

Filipkowski AM, Kundu S, Eden SK, Alcorn CW, Justice AC, So-Armah KA, Tindle HA, Wells QS, Beckman JA, Freiberg MS, Aday AW. Association of HIV Infection and Incident Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Among 143 001 Veterans. Circulation. 2023 Jul 11; 148(2):135-143. PMID: 37226738.

Published on 3/2/2023

Chen J, Hui Q, Wang Z, Wilson FP, So-Armah K, Freiberg MS, Justice AC, Xu K, Zhao W, Ammous F, Smith JA, Kardia SLR, Gwinn M, Marconi VC, Sun YV. Epigenome-Wide Meta-Analysis Reveals Differential DNA Methylation Associated With Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Among African American Men With HIV. Kidney Int Rep. 2023 May; 8(5):1076-1086. PMID: 37180517.

Published on 2/8/2023

Oursler KK, Marconi VC, Wang Z, Xu K, Montano M, So-Armah K, Justice AC, Sun YV. Epigenetic Age Acceleration Markers Are Associated With Physiologic Frailty and All-Cause Mortality in People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e638-e644. PMID: 35970820.

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