Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept 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

Boston University School of Medicine
Evans Center for Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research

Factors associated with non-fatal firearm injuries: a spatiotemporal approach
01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020 (PI)
Department of Justice/NIJ

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  1. Kalesan B, Nicewarner H, Intwala S, Leung C, Balady GJ. Pre-operative stress testing in the evaluation of patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2019; 14(7):e0219145.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31295274.
  2. Kalesan B, Andersson C, Torp-Pedersen C, Gislason GH, Vasan RS. ASSOCIATIONS OF OCCUPANT MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH WITH FUTURE HEART FAILURE AND ISCHEMIC STROKE IN OLDER ADULTS. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jul 01; 188(7):1400-1403. PMID: 31111859.
  3. Cook A, Hosmer D, Glance L, Kalesan B, Weinberg J, Rogers A, Schultz CS, Gilligan CS, Gross B, Vernon T, Ward J, Osler T, Rogers F. Population-Based Analysis of Firearm Injuries among Young Children in the United States, 2010-2015. Am Surg. 2019 May 01; 85(5):449-455. PMID: 31126354.
  4. Siracuse JJ, Cheng TW, Farber A, James T, Zuo Y, Kalish JA, Jones DW, Kalesan B. Vascular repair after firearm injury is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. J Vasc Surg. 2019 May; 69(5):1524-1531.e1.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31010517.
  5. Vasan RS, Zuo Y, Kalesan B. Divergent Temporal Trends in Morbidity and Mortality Related to Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation: Age, Sex, Race, and Geographic Differences in the United States, 1991-2015. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Apr 16; 8(8):e010756. PMID: 30955391.
  6. Reeping PM, Cerdá M, Kalesan B, Wiebe DJ, Galea S, Branas CC. State gun laws, gun ownership, and mass shootings in the US: cross sectional time series. BMJ. 2019 Mar 06; 364:l542.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30842105.
  7. Niiranen TJ, Kalesan B, Mitchell GF, Vasan RS. Relative Contributions of Pulse Pressure and Arterial Stiffness to Cardiovascular Disease. Hypertension. 2019 Mar; 73(3):712-717. PMID: 30661478.
  8. Kalesan B, Zuo Y, Vasan RS, Galea S. Risk of 90-day readmission in patients after firearm injury hospitalization: a nationally representative retrospective cohort study. J Inj Violence Res. 2019 Jan; 11(1):65-80.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30686818.
  9. Kalesan B, Kundu A, Vaze A, Pino E, Walkey AJ, Vasan RS, McManus DD. Sex-differences in post-discharge outcomes among patients hospitalized for atrial fibrillation. Clin Cardiol. 2019 Jan; 42(1):84-92.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30421445.
  10. Pino EC, Zuo Y, Schor SH, Zatwarnicki S, Henderson DC, Borba CP, Milanovic SM, Kalesan B. Temporal trends of co-diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety among female maternal and non-maternal hospitalizations: Results from Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2004-2013. Psychiatry Res. 2019 02; 272:42-50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30579180.
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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.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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