"Human Genetics of Cardiometabolic Disease - A tool to uncover new biology, and enable enhanced clinical care"
Amit V. Khera, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Physician, Center for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Director, Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Dr. Khera, MD MSc, is a cardiologist, human geneticist, and population biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), group leader within the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine, Associate Director of the Program in Medical and Population Genetics and Merkin Institute Fellow at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.
He received his MD with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to complete clinical training in Internal Medicine and cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and MGH. He completed a Masters of Science at the Harvard School of Public Health and a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Sekar Kathiresan in human genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard prior to accepting a faculty position.
His research program (kheralab.org) uses genetic variation as a tool to uncover new biology and enable enhanced clinical care informed by inherited susceptibility.
Dr. Khera has authored more than 80 scientific publications, including lead-authored publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Cell, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Genetics, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Circulation. His work has been recognized as among the top ten research advances by the American Heart Association (in both 2016 and 2018), and he is the 2019 recipient of the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology.
In tandem with his research efforts, he founded and is co-leading a Preventive Genomics Clinic at MGH to provide a clinical infrastructure for genome-first medicine.
Monthly seminar series hosted by the Precision Medicine Resource of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and featuring leaders in the Precision Medicine field from across the nation.