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Kunihiro Matsushita, MD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

2024 E. Monument Street
Suite 2-600
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

443-287-8766
(443) 683-8358

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Education

PhD, Nagoya University, 2007
MD, Nagoya University, 1998

Overview

Through his clinical experience as an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Matsushita was first interested in diabetes as a key risk factor for coronary heart disease and its antecedent, obesity. Thus, his early research area of interest was epidemiological relationship among insulin resistance, adipokines, inflammatory markers, and cardiovascular risk.

Since he came to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Matsushita added a kidney angle to his research. Dr. Matsushita has been investigating the associations among kidney, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease associations using the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and a recently developed collaboration, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Prognosis Consortium (http://www.jhsph.edu/ckdpc).

Dr. Matsushita, as the Director of its Data Coorinating Center, has been also responsible for organizing all consortium activities in the CKD Prognosis Consortium. The Consortium is tasked with compiling and meta-analyzing the best available data to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of the impact of CKD on prognosis, with implications for improving clinical guidelines of CKD. The Consortium currently includes >70 cohorts consisting of ~11 million individuals.

Overall, Dr. Matsushita is interested in establishing a bridge between medicine and epidemiological research, contributing to better application of epidemiologic methods to clinical questions to form an evidence-base that can improve treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and kidney diseases.

Honors and Awards

Honors

       2005 American College of Physician Membership

2007 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2013 Best Reviewers of the Year 2012 of the Annals of Internal Medicine

Awards

2004 Japanese Society of Interventional Cardiology Clinical Research Award

2005 Aichi Foundation for Daibetes, Rheumatic Disease and Gout Research Grant

2006 Takao Fund Travel Award.

2009 Early Career Travel Award from the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention

2009 The Aoyama-Kita Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2013 Early Career Best Science Award for Abstract Poster Presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2013

2014 The Sandra Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology from the American Heart Association

  • epidemiology, 
  • cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, adipokines

  Representative publications:  

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    Matsushita K, van der Velde M, Astor BC, Woodward M, Levey AS, de Jong PE, Coresh J, Gansevoort RT for the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium. Association of estimated glomerular filtration rate and albuminuria with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality: a collaborative meta-analysis of 21 general population cohorts.  Lancet. 2010;375:2073-81.

     

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    Matsushita K, Blecker S, Pazin-Filho A, Bertoni A, Chang PP, Coresh J, Selvin E. The Association of Hemoglobin A1c with Incident Heart Failure among Persons without Diabetes: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Diabetes. 2010;59:2020-6.

     

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    Matsushita K, Mahmoodi BK, Woodward M, Emberson JR, Jafar T, Jee SH, Polkinghorne KR, Shankar A, Smith DH, Tonelli M, Warnock DG, Wen CP, Coresh J, Gansevoort RT, Hemmelgarn BR, Levey AS for the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium. Comparison of risk prediction using the CKD-EPI equation and the MDRD Study equation for estimated glomerular filtration rate. JAMA. 2012;307:1941-1951.

     

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    Hui X, Matsushita K, Sang Y, Ballew SH, Fülöp T, Coresh J. CKD and Cardiovascular Disease in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study: Interactions With Age, Sex, and Race. Am J Kidney Dis. 2013;62:691-702.


     

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    Matsushita K, Sang Y, Ballew SH, Astor BC, Hoogeveen RC, Solomon SD, Ballantyne CM, Woodward M, Coresh J. Cardiac and Kidney Markers for Cardiovascular Prediction in Individuals With Chronic Kidney Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014;34:1770-7.

     

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