Hasmeena Kathuria, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

MD, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
BA, Northwestern University

Dr. Kathuria is a pulmonary, critical care, and sleep physician, an implementation scientist, and an expert on tobacco dependence. Her clinical and research efforts are in reducing health disparities by developing, implementing, and studying the outcomes of innovative programs that focus on teachable moments to promote health behavior change in tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable disease. She is a PI or Co-I on several pilot projects using various platforms to improve access to guideline recommended treatment. She recently conducted a randomized controlled trial funded by the American Lung Association (Lung Cancer Discovery Award) using an inpatient nurse-driven intervention to promote smoking cessation and lung cancer screening.

Dr. Kathuria has developed and directs the Tobacco Treatment Center at Boston Medical Center, a program that brings together a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who specialize in helping smokers quit cigarettes. The team provides tobacco dependence consultation on >1500 hospitalized smokers each year. For this work, she received the inaugural Evans Clinical Innovator Award relating to efforts to treat tobacco dependence in low SES populations. She received funding from the Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences to assess outcomes related to implementation of the program.

Dr. Kathuria has chaired a national project sponsored by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) to prioritize research needs to optimize smoking cessation in the context of lung cancer screening and is an invited member of the American Cancer Society Tobacco Cessation Task Group (National Lung Cancer Round Table) tasked to improve implementation of tobacco treatment in lung cancer screening programs. She is on an ATS panel that has developed an updated clinical tobacco treatment guideline, and is chairing a committee through the American College of Chest Physicians to develop a national clinical guideline on implementing inpatient tobacco treatment services. Dr. Kathuria has been appointed by the ATS president to serve as chair on the Tobacco Action Committee to help organize educational, advocacy and policy activities relating to tobacco use.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I have served as a Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) implementer and have completed a web-based course “Breaking the Bias Habit”. I continue to benefit from ongoing training in this area. For example in 2022, I completed Lift Training for Clinician Leaders, focused on integrating equity, vitality, and inclusion into our daily interactions and participate in monthly seminars that promote diversity and equity for the Pulmonary Center.
I have used my training to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion nationally through the various committees I lead through the American Thoracic Society (ATS). In my role as chair of the ATS Tobacco Action Committee and chair of the Thoracic Oncology Assembly Planning Committee, I strive to identify and develop committee member that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, I was a committee member that helped develop an ATS Research Policy Statement on Interventions to mitigate health inequities in lung nodule evaluation.
The goal of my research is to improve patient outcomes in low socioeconomic status (SES) patients through implementing patient-centered programs, particularly in patients with tobacco dependence. I strive to ensure that that socially disadvantaged individuals are represented in research studies. Locally, regionally and nationally, my clinical and research interests and advocacy efforts focus on interventions and policies to mitigate heath inequities in tobacco use and treatment, lung cancer screening, and lung nodule evaluation.
I am a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative for Tobacco Recovery (MCTR) tasked to disseminate and implement recommendations that lessen the burden of tobacco use in socially disadvantaged populations. Through my roles in ATS and ACCP, my work focuses on promoting strategies to address system-level factors, as well as clinician and patient factors, such as social determinants of health, with the goal of reducing lung cancer disparities. Particularly important is the FDA’s proposed rules to ban characterizing flavors from cigarettes and all characterizing flavors – other than tobacco flavor – from cigars will improve health equity.

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University
Pulmonary Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Implementing Effective Pharmacotherapy for Hospitalized Smokers with Cardiopulmonary Disease
03/15/2022 - 02/28/2027 (Subcontract PI)
Baystate Medical Center NIH NHLBI

Capitalizing on hospitalization to engage low SES smokers in LDCT screening
07/01/2017 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
American Lung Association

In Vivo Tagging of Lung Epithelial Cells to Define the Early Steps of Tumor Cell Dissemination
09/15/2013 - 09/14/2015 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

Identification and Function of Ets Target Genes Involved in Lung Cancer Progression
09/15/2010 - 09/14/2013 (PI)
Department of Defense

Molecular Regulation of Caveolin-1 in Lung Cancer
07/01/2000 - 06/30/2008 (PI)
American Lung Association

Regulation of Caveolin-1 In Lung Tumors and Cell Lines
07/01/2004 - 06/30/2006 (PI)
American Lung Association

Caveolin-1 Transcriptional Regulation in Lung Cell Lines
07/07/2003 - 06/30/2004 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
1 F32 HL73605 01


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  1. Kathuria H, Wiener RS. Toward Racial Equity in Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility. J Clin Oncol. 2024 Jun 10; 42(17):2001-2004.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38537157
  2. Kearney LE, Jansen E, Kathuria H, Steiling K, Jones KC, Walkey A, Cordella N. Efficacy of Digital Outreach Strategies for Collecting Smoking Data: Pragmatic Randomized Trial. JMIR Form Res. 2024 Feb 09; 8:e50465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38335012; PMCID: PMC10891497; DOI: 10.2196/50465;
  3. Flores A, Wiener RS, Hon S, Wakeman C, Howard J, Virani N, Mattus B, Foreman AG, Singh J, Rosen L, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. Sustainability of an Opt-Out Electronic-Health Record-based Tobacco Treatment Consult Service at a large safety-net hospital: A 6-year Analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2024 Feb 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38320328
  4. Steiling K, Kathuria H. Occupational Benzene Exposure: An Unrecognized Threat for Lung Cancer Development. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 Jan 15; 209(2):128-130.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38029296; PMCID: PMC10806424; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202311-2023ED;
  5. Lang AE, Kathuria H, Braillon A, Ewart G, Dagli E, Stepp EL, Galiatsatos P, Deepak J, Jordt SE, Hayes D. England Is Handing out E-Cigarettes: Is the "Swap to Stop" Tobacco Control Scheme Harm Reduction or Harm Production? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Nov 15; 208(10):1024-1025. PMID: 37682082; PMCID: PMC10867939; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202308-1354VP;
  6. Garfield JL, Piper ME, Bauer SE, Kathuria H, Eakin MN. The Greatest LGBTQ+ Health Issue of All Time: Commercial Tobacco. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2023 Sep; 20(9):1227-1228. PMID: 37278727
  7. Shusterman S, Villarreal-Calderon R, Gunawan A, Gallardo Foreman A, O'Donnell C, Wakeman C, Javeed H, Keteyian J, Howard J, Bulekova K, de Silva S, Campbell T, Lasser K, Kathuria H. A Financial Incentives Program to Promote Smoking Cessation Among Recently Hospitalized Individuals: Feasibility and Acceptability Study. JMIR Form Res. 2023 May 29; 7:e44979.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37247216; PMCID: PMC10262029; DOI: 10.2196/44979;
  8. Booras A, Wiener RS, Maccarone J, Stokes AC, Fetterman JL, Hamburg NM, Singh J, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. A Longitudinal Study of Perceptions of the Massachusetts Menthol Ban and Its Impact on Smoking Behaviors among Marginalized Individuals. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 May 11; 20(10).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37239518; PMCID: PMC10218059; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20105790;
  9. Steiling K, Kathuria H, Echieh CP, Ost DE, Rivera MP, Begnaud A, Celedón JC, Charlot M, Dietrick F, Duma N, Fong KM, Ford JG, Gould MK, Holguin F, Pérez-Stable EJ, Tanner NT, Thomson CC, Wiener RS, Wisnivesky J. Research Priorities for Interventions to Address Health Disparities in Lung Nodule Management: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Mar 15; 207(6):e31-e46.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36920066; PMCID: PMC10037482; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202212-2216ST;
  10. Lopes LC, Zhang Y, Ross S, Fulone I, Zhu M, O'Brien KK, Pavalagantharajah S, Leone FT, Sachs DPL, Kathuria H, Murray RL, Zhang YQ. Varenicline for Tobacco-Dependent Adults Who Are Not Ready to Discontinue Use: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Dec; 19(12):2077-2086. PMID: 36129426
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Low Rates of Recommended Treatment for Tobacco Dependence in Patients Hospitalized with SUDs

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Promotion to Associate Professor for 18 Medical Campus Faculty

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Lung cancer screenings not used to fullest potential

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2022 American Thoracic Society: Chair, Tobacco Action Committee, American Thoracic Society (ATS)
2022 American Thoracic Society: Chair, Planning Committee, Thoracic Oncology Assembly, ATS)
2020 UpToDate: Section Editor, UpToDate, Tobacco Treatment Section
2020-2021 BU: BU-Tobacco Regulatory Science ARC Pilot Project Award
2019-2021 American Thoracic Society: Vice-Chair, Tobacco Action Committee, American Thoracic Society (ATS)
2019 BUMC: Alan Fine Award for Unique Contributions and Creativity to the Pulmonary Section
2019 BUMC: Evans Clinician Designation title, Evans Foundation
2019 CHEST: Editorial Board for CHEST, Thoracic Oncology-Prevention Section
2018-2019 BUSM: Awardee, Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program
2018 American Thoracic Society: Fellow Status, American Thoracic Society (ATSF)
2018 BUMC: BU-CIIS Pilot Grant Program Award
2018-2019 BU: BU-Mobile Health ARC Pilot Project Award
2018-2020 American College of Chest Physicians: American College of Chest Physicians Award: Guideline Development of Inpatient Tobacco Treatment
2017 BMC: Be Exceptional Award in Performance and Commitment to BMC Care
2017-2019 American Lung Association: Lung Cancer Discovery Award
2016-2016 American Thoracic Society: ATS Assembly/Committee Project Award for Research Policy Statement development on Smoking Cessation
2016 American Thoracic Society: ATS Tobacco Action Committee, Appointment
2016 BUSM: Clinical Innovator Award, Evans Foundation
2016 BMC: Clinical Quality Improvement Award, Lung Cancer Screening
2016-2017 American Thoracic Society: American Thoracic Society Assembly/Committee Project Award for Research Policy Statement
2015-2016 BU CTSI: BU CTSI Team Science Pilot Grant Program Award, Co-PI
2013-2015 Department of Defense: DOD Lung Cancer Research Concept Award
2013 BUMC: L. Jack Faling Award for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University Pulmonary Center
2011 American Thoracic Society: ATS Section on Thoracic Oncology Assembly Research Excellence Award
2010-2013 DOD: DOD Lung Cancer Promising Clinician Research Award

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