Christopher J. O'Donnell, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School



Dr. O’Donnell research is broadly focused on the epidemiology of complex cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death and disability in men and women. More specifically, Dr. O’Donnell has focused on the genetic and genomic epidemiology of clinical and subclinical forms of atherosclerosis, ventricular hypertrophy and thrombosis. A large genome-wide association study is being directed by Dr. O’Donnell in a large, well-phenotyped prospective study of multigenerational families drawn from a general population (the NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study SHARe Project). Heritable clinical and intermediate CVD phenotypes of interest include premature onset CVD, circulating biomarkers (e.g., hemostasis and thrombosis factors) and subclinical atherosclerosis detected by high resolution cardiovascular imaging (e.g., coronary artery calcium by cardiac computed tomography and aortic plaque detected by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging). Using both genome-wide linkage and newer association methods, Dr. O’Donnell’s group has identified a number of single nucleotide polymorphisms and haplotypes with evidence for causal associations with atherosclerosis, hypertrophy and thrombosis. The long-term goal for this marriage of genomic science with well-designed studies of human populations is to better understand the etiology of CVD and to discover new targets for preventing, pre-empting and treating CVD.

VA Boston Healthcare System


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  1. Verma A, Minnier J, Wan ES, Huffman JE, Gao L, Joseph J, Ho YL, Wu WC, Cho K, Gorman BR, Rajeevan N, Pyarajan S, Garcon H, Meigs JB, Sun YV, Reaven PD, McGeary JE, Suzuki A, Gelernter J, Lynch JA, Petersen JM, Zekavat SM, Natarajan P, Dalal S, Jhala DN, Arjomandi M, Gatsby E, Lynch KE, Bonomo RA, Freiberg M, Pathak GA, Zhou JJ, Donskey CJ, Madduri RK, Wells QS, Huang RDL, Polimanti R, Chang KM, Liao KP, Tsao PS, Wilson PWF, Hung AM, O'Donnell CJ, Gaziano JM, Hauger RL, Iyengar SK, Luoh SW. A MUC5B Gene Polymorphism, rs35705950-T, Confers Protective Effects Against COVID-19 Hospitalization but Not Severe Disease or Mortality. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 Nov 15; 206(10):1220-1229.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35771531
     
  2. Portilla-Fernandez E, Klarin D, Hwang SJ, Biggs ML, Bis JC, Weiss S, Rospleszcz S, Natarajan P, Hoffmann U, Rogers IS, Truong QA, Völker U, Dörr M, Bülow R, Criqui MH, Allison M, Ganesh SK, Yao J, Waldenberger M, Bamberg F, Rice KM, Essers J, Kapteijn DMC, van der Laan SW, de Knegt RJ, Ghanbari M, Felix JF, Ikram MA, Kavousi M, Uitterlinden AG, Roks AJM, Danser AHJ, Tsao PS, Damrauer SM, Guo X, Rotter JI, Psaty BM, Kathiresan S, Völzke H, Peters A, Johnson C, Strauch K, Meitinger T, O'Donnell CJ, Dehghan A. Genetic and clinical determinants of abdominal aortic diameter: genome-wide association studies, exome array data and Mendelian randomization study. Hum Mol Genet. 2022 Oct 10; 31(20):3566-3579.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35234888; PMCID: PMC9558840; DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddac051;
     
  3. Pankratz N, Wei P, Brody JA, Chen MH, de Vries PS, Huffman JE, Stimson MR, Auer PL, Boerwinkle E, Cushman M, de Maat MPM, Folsom AR, Franco OH, Gibbs RA, Haagenson KK, Hofman A, Johnsen JM, Kovar CL, Kraaij R, McKnight B, Metcalf GA, Muzny D, Psaty BM, Tang W, Uitterlinden AG, van Rooij JGJ, Dehghan A, O'Donnell CJ, Reiner AP, Morrison AC, Smith NL. Whole-exome sequencing of 14?389 individuals from the ESP and CHARGE consortia identifies novel rare variation associated with hemostatic factors. Hum Mol Genet. 2022 Sep 10; 31(18):3120-3132. PMID: 35552711; PMCID: PMC9476613; DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddac100;
     
  4. Verma A, Huffman JE, Gao L, Minnier J, Wu WC, Cho K, Ho YL, Gorman BR, Pyarajan S, Rajeevan N, Garcon H, Joseph J, McGeary JE, Suzuki A, Reaven PD, Wan ES, Lynch JA, Petersen JM, Meigs JB, Freiberg MS, Gatsby E, Lynch KE, Zekavat SM, Natarajan P, Dalal S, Jhala DN, Arjomandi M, Bonomo RA, Thompson TK, Pathak GA, Zhou JJ, Donskey CJ, Madduri RK, Wells QS, Gelernter J, Huang RDL, Polimanti R, Chang KM, Liao KP, Tsao PS, Sun YV, Wilson PWF, O'Donnell CJ, Hung AM, Gaziano JM, Hauger RL, Iyengar SK, Luoh SW. Association of Kidney Comorbidities and Acute Kidney Failure With Unfavorable Outcomes After COVID-19 in Individuals With the Sickle Cell Trait. JAMA Intern Med. 2022 Aug 01; 182(8):796-804.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35759254; PMCID: PMC9237798; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.2141;
     
  5. O'Sullivan JW, Raghavan S, Marquez-Luna C, Luzum JA, Damrauer SM, Ashley EA, O'Donnell CJ, Willer CJ, Natarajan P. Polygenic Risk Scores for Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2022 Aug 23; 146(8):e93-e118. PMID: 35862132
     
  6. Vujkovic M, Ramdas S, Lorenz KM, Guo X, Darlay R, Cordell HJ, He J, Gindin Y, Chung C, Myers RP, Schneider CV, Park J, Lee KM, Serper M, Carr RM, Kaplan DE, Haas ME, MacLean MT, Witschey WR, Zhu X, Tcheandjieu C, Kember RL, Kranzler HR, Verma A, Giri A, Klarin DM, Sun YV, Huang J, Huffman JE, Townsend Creasy K, Hand NJ, Liu CT, Long MT, Yao J, Budoff M, Tan J, Li X, Lin HJ, Chen YI, Taylor KD, Chang RK, Krauss RM, Vilarinho S, Brancale J, Nielsen JB, Locke AE, Jones MB, Verweij N, Baras A, Reddy KR, Neuschwander-Tetri BA, Schwimmer JB, Sanyal AJ, Chalasani N, Ryan KA, Mitchell BD, Gill D, Wells AD, Manduchi E, Saiman Y, Mahmud N, Miller DR, Reaven PD, Phillips LS, Muralidhar S, DuVall SL, Lee JS, Assimes TL, Pyarajan S, Cho K, Edwards TL, Damrauer SM, Wilson PW, Gaziano JM, O'Donnell CJ, Khera AV, Grant SFA, Brown CD, Tsao PS, Saleheen D, Lotta LA, Bastarache L, Anstee QM, Daly AK, Meigs JB, Rotter JI, Lynch JA, Rader DJ, Voight BF, Chang KM. A multiancestry genome-wide association study of unexplained chronic ALT elevation as a proxy for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with histological and radiological validation. Nat Genet. 2022 Jun; 54(6):761-771.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35654975
     
  7. Raghavan S, Huang J, Tcheandjieu C, Huffman JE, Litkowski E, Liu C, Ho YA, Hunter-Zinck H, Zhao H, Marouli E, North KE, Lange E, Lange LA, Voight BF, Gaziano JM, Pyarajan S, Hauser ER, Tsao PS, Wilson PWF, Chang KM, Cho K, O'Donnell CJ, Sun YV, Assimes TL. A multi-population phenome-wide association study of genetically-predicted height in the Million Veteran Program. PLoS Genet. 2022 Jun; 18(6):e1010193.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35653334; PMCID: PMC9162317; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1010193;
     
  8. Neisius U, Gona PN, Oyama-Manabe N, Chuang ML, O'Donnell CJ, Manning WJ, Tsao CW. Relation of MRI Aortic Wall Area and Plaque to Incident Cardiovascular Events: The Framingham Heart Study. Radiology. 2022 Sep; 304(3):542-550.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35638924
     
  9. Huang RDL, Nguyen XT, Peloso GM, Trinder M, Posner DC, Aragam KG, Ho YL, Lynch JA, Damrauer SM, Chang KM, Tsao PS, Natarajan P, Assimes T, Gaziano JM, Djousse L, Cho K, Wilson PWF, Huffman JE, O'Donnell CJ. Genome-wide and phenome-wide analysis of ideal cardiovascular health in the VA Million Veteran Program. PLoS One. 2022; 17(5):e0267900.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35613103; PMCID: PMC9132265; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0267900;
     
  10. Smail C, Ferraro NM, Hui Q, Durrant MG, Aguirre M, Tanigawa Y, Keever-Keigher MR, Rao AS, Justesen JM, Li X, Gloudemans MJ, Assimes TL, Kooperberg C, Reiner AP, Huang J, O'Donnell CJ, Sun YV, Rivas MA, Montgomery SB. Integration of rare expression outlier-associated variants improves polygenic risk prediction. Am J Hum Genet. 2022 Jun 02; 109(6):1055-1064. PMID: 35588732; PMCID: PMC9247823; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2022.04.015;
     
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