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