Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology

PhD, Universität Bern
MPH, Johns Hopkins University
MSc, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University

I am a clinical epidemiologist and data scientist, with three interdisciplinary research pillars, within the umbrella of eliminating racial disparities and discrimination and promoting equity and social justice: 1) trauma and violence (firearm injury epidemiology), 2) cardiometabolic diseases 3) psychiatric and mental health conditions. I use novel statistical methodology, supervised and unsupervised machine learning and emerging m-health technologies. My most recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that the average profile of an American using a gun for suicide is a married, white male over the age of 50 who is experiencing deteriorating health.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

Factors associated with non-fatal firearm injuries: a spatiotemporal approach
01/01/2018 - 06/30/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH
Department of Justice/NIJ


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  1. Lee MM, Zuo Y, Steiling K, Mizgerd JP, Kalesan B, Walkey AJ. Clinical risk factors and blood protein biomarkers of 10-year pneumonia risk. PLoS One. 2024; 19(7):e0296139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38968193; PMCID: PMC11226120; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296139;
  2. Lee MM, Zuo Y, Steiling K, Mizgerd JP, Kalesan B, Walkey AJ. Clinical risk factors and blood protein biomarkers of 10-year pneumonia risk. medRxiv. 2023 Dec 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38105941; PMCID: PMC10723561; DOI: 10.1101/2023.12.07.23299678;
  3. Oblath R, Herrera CN, Were LPO, Syeda HS, Duncan A, Ferguson T, Kalesan B, Perez DC, Taglieri J, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Long-Term Trends in Psychiatric Emergency Services Delivered by the Boston Emergency Services Team. Community Ment Health J. 2023 Feb; 59(2):370-380.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36001197; PMCID: PMC9399566; DOI: 10.1007/s10597-022-01015-8;
  4. Kimmel SD, Kim JH, Kalesan B, Samet JH, Walley AY, Larochelle MR. Against Medical Advice Discharges in Injection and Non-injection Drug Use-associated Infective Endocarditis: A Nationwide Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 11 02; 73(9):e2484-e2492.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32756935; PMCID: PMC8563193; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1126;
  5. Siracuse JJ, Woodson J, Ellis RP, Farber A, Roddy SP, Kalesan B, Levin SR, Osborne NH, Srinivasan J. Intermittent claudication treatment patterns in the commercially insured non-Medicare population. J Vasc Surg. 2021 08; 74(2):499-504.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33548437
  6. Siracuse JJ, Kalesan B. The need for a comprehensive vascular trauma registry. J Vasc Surg. 2021 02; 73(2):738.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33485501
  7. Kalesan B, Siracuse JJ, Cook A, Prosperi M, Fagan J, Galea S. Prevalence and hospital charges from firearm injuries treated in US emergency departments from 2006 to 2016. Surgery. 2021 05; 169(5):1188-1198.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33384161
  8. Siracuse JJ, Farber A, Cheng TW, Levin SR, Kalesan B. Hospital-Level Medicaid Prevalence Is Associated with Increased Length of Stay after Asymptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenting Despite no Increase in Major Complications. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Feb; 71:65-73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32949743
  9. Janeway MG, Zhao X, Rosenthaler M, Zuo Y, Balasubramaniyan K, Poulson M, Neufeld M, Siracuse JJ, Takahashi CE, Allee L, Dechert T, Burke PA, Li F, Kalesan B. Clinical diagnostic phenotypes in hospitalizations due to self-inflicted firearm injury. J Affect Disord. 2021 01 01; 278:172-180.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32961413
  10. Kimmel SD, Walley AY, Linas BP, Kalesan B, Awtry E, Dobrilovic N, White L, LaRochelle M. Effect of Publicly Reported Aortic Valve Surgery Outcomes on Valve Surgery in Injection Drug- and Non-Injection Drug-Associated Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 07 27; 71(3):480-487.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31598642; PMCID: PMC7384313; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciz834;
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U.S. Gun Violence Rates Jumped 30% During Pandemic

HealthDay 10/22/2021

Rural firearm-suicides impacted by socioeconomic, environmental components

Home Health Choices 7/21/2020

Another Worrying Side Effect of Covid-19: More Guns

Undark 4/27/2020

Universal Background Checks and Gun Permits: What The Research Says

Journalist’s Resource 11/25/2019

Gun Deaths In The U.S. Have Spiked Since 2014, Young People Most Likely To Be Killed

Newsweek 11/22/2019

Gun Injuries Bring Especially Tough Recoveries

Health Day 2/11/2019

Confronting The Unthinkable: Haunting Play “On The Exhale” Examines Gun Violence

Daily Hampshire Gazette 2/6/2019


Futurity 12/27/2018

Gun deaths skyrocket to highest rate in 40 years: CDC

Daily News 12/16/2018

Gun-Related Deaths Have Decreased Overall American Life Expectancy

BU Today 12/12/2018

Study Shows Gun Violence Cuts African Americans Life Expectancy By Four Years Or More

VIBE 12/11/2018

Report: Gun Violence Cuts Over 4 Years of Black Americans’ Life Expectancy

EBONY 12/10/2018

Gun Violence Has Cut More Than 4 Years Off The Life Expectancy Of Black Americans: Study

The Huffington Post 12/6/2018

Gun Deaths In The U.S. Are Cutting Black Life Expectancy By 4 Years

KUNC Radio 12/6/2018

Study: Black Males Twice As Likely To Die, Mainly From Gun Violence

UPI 12/5/2018

Firearms cause sharp drop in life expectancy for black Americans: study

Reuters 12/4/2018

PolitiFact check: Was Rep. Tom Cole correct about how many Oklahomans own guns?

Tulsa World 3/4/2018

Do one-third of Floridians own guns?

Politifact 2/15/2018

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health. I am the founding director of Center for Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research, started October 2015.
My research expertise is the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and particularly injury disease progression from different types of injury (including firearm injury) to various chronic diseases. I have successfully mentored researchers for specific projects of their interest ranging from statistical methodology to specific clinical research areas.
I have a fundamental commitment to clinicians and young researchers to mentor them to perform the correct research.

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