Biography: Amit Khera, MD, MSc

Amit Khera, MD, MSc
  • Associate Director, Precision Medicine Unit, Center for Genomic Medicine, MGH
  • Associate Director, Cardiovascular Disease Initiative, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Cardiologist, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, MGH
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Amit V. Khera, MD, MSc, is a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Associate Director of the Precision Medicine Unit in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine, and Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Initiative at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

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 from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a postdoctoral research fellowship in human genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard prior to accepting a faculty position.

He has developed substantial expertise in epidemiology, clinical medicine, and human genetics. Among his scientific contributions, he pioneered a new approach to quantify genetic risk for common diseases, developed biomarkers that provide new biologic insights, and analyzed large-scale gene sequencing data to highlight key pathways underlying risk for coronary artery disease. His research program 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 50 scientific publications, including lead-authored publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Genetics, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Circulation. He is a 2017 recipient of the National Lipid Association Junior Faculty Award and the 2019 recipient of the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology.

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