Kaku So-Armah, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Pronouns: he/him/his



Kaku So-Armah is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. His training is in epidemiology and his doctoral research focused on the role of co-morbid diseases and immunologic alterations in HIV-related cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. His current work seeks to understand mechanisms of cardiometabolic disease in HIV infection. Mechanisms of interest include liver injury, immune dysfunction, substance use, and intestinal dysbiosis.

His work uses data from the Russian cohort of the Uganda Russia Boston Alcohol Network Alcohol Research Collaboration on HIV/AIDS (URBAN ARCH) as well as the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS).

His long-term goal is to translate the growing understanding of the mechanisms of excess HIV-related comorbid disease risk into effective, sustainable interventions for HIV populations bearing the brunt of the HIV epidemic.

Faculty
Boston University School of Medicine
Medicine
Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit


2013 Delta Omega Honors Society in Public Health
2013 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology: Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2012 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health: Dean’s Day Competition First Place
2012 Delta Omega Award For Best Poster
2012 Rosenkranz Award for most significant contribution to public health
2012-2013 Young Investigator Award


Kaku So-Armah ZINC Diversity Supplement-Vanderbilt
04/30/2016 - 07/31/2016 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Kaku So-Armah ZINC Diversity Supplement: Vanderbilt
02/01/2015 - 04/29/2016 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center



Novel Mechanisms Driving Excess Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the Context of HIV…
08/01/2016 - 07/31/2021 (PI)
NIH-NHLBI
5K01HL134147-04

HIV, alocohol use and intestinal dysbiosis, gastrointestinal barrier function and microbial transloc
12/01/2017 - 05/31/2019 (PI)
Miriam Hospital NIH-NIAID


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  1. Freiberg MS, Duncan MS, Alcorn C, Chang CH, Kundu S, Mumpuni A, Smith EK, Loch S, Bedigian A, Vittinghoff E, So-Armah K, Hsue PY, Justice AC, Tseng ZH. HIV Infection and the Risk of World Health Organization-Defined Sudden Cardiac Death. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Sep 21; 10(18):e021268. PMID: 34493058
     
  2. Sico JJ, Kundu S, So-Armah K, Gupta SK, Chang CH, Butt AA, Gibert CL, Marconi VC, Crystal S, Tindle HA, Freiberg MS, Stewart JC. Depression as a Risk Factor for Incident Ischemic Stroke Among HIV-Positive Veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 07 06; 10(13):e017637. PMID: 34169726; PMCID: PMC8403311; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.119.017637;
     
  3. Duncan MS, Alcorn CW, Freiberg MS, So-Armah K, Patterson OV, DuVall SL, Crothers KA, Re VL, Butt AA, Lim JK, Kim JW, Tindle HA, Justice AC, Brittain EL. Association between HIV and incident pulmonary hypertension in US Veterans: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet Healthy Longev. 2021 Jul; 2(7):e417-e425. PMID: 34296203; PMCID: PMC8294078; DOI: 10.1016/s2666-7568(21)00116-1;
     
  4. Chichetto NE, Kundu S, Freiberg MS, Koethe JR, Butt AA, Crystal S, So-Armah KA, Cook RL, Braithwaite RS, Justice AC, Fiellin DA, Khan M, Bryant KJ, Gaither JR, Barve SS, Crothers K, Bedimo RJ, Warner A, Tindle HA. Association of Syndemic Unhealthy Alcohol Use, Smoking, and Depressive Symptoms on Incident Cardiovascular Disease among Veterans With and Without HIV-Infection. AIDS Behav. 2021 Sep; 25(9):2852-2862. PMID: 34101074; PMCID: PMC8376776; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-021-03327-4;
     
  5. Pierre F, Forman LS, Winter M, Cheng D, Ngabirano C, Emenyonu N, Hunt PW, Huang Y, Muyindike W, Samet J, Hahn JA, So-Armah K. Alcohol Consumption and Tryptophan Metabolism Among People with HIV Prior to Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation: The Uganda ARCH Cohort Study. Alcohol Alcohol. 2021 May 24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34027552
     
  6. Hahn JA, Murnane PM, Vittinghoff E, Muyindike WR, Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Chamie G, Haberer JE, Francis JM, Kapiga S, Jacobson K, Myers B, Couture MC, DiClemente RJ, Brown JL, So-Armah K, Sulkowski M, Marcus GM, Woolf-King S, Cook RL, Richards VL, Molina P, Ferguson T, Welsh D, Piano MR, Phillips SA, Stewart S, Afshar M, Page K, McGinnis K, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Bryant K, Saitz R. Factors associated with phosphatidylethanol (PEth) sensitivity for detecting unhealthy alcohol use: An individual patient data meta-analysis. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 06; 45(6):1166-1187.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33837975; PMCID: PMC8254773; DOI: 10.1111/acer.14611;
     
  7. Corcorran MA, Ludwig-Baron N, Cheng DM, Lioznov D, Gnatienko N, Patts G, So-Armah K, Blokhina E, Bendiks S, Krupitsky E, Samet JH, Tsui JI. The Hepatitis C Continuum of Care Among HIV-Positive Persons with Heavy Alcohol Use in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS Behav. 2021 Aug; 25(8):2533-2541.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33730255; PMCID: PMC8222188; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-021-03214-y;
     
  8. Polanka BM, Kundu S, So-Armah KA, Freiberg MS, Gupta SK, Zapolski TCB, Hirsh AT, Bedimo RJ, Budoff MJ, Butt AA, Chang CH, Gottlieb SS, Marconi VC, Womack JA, Stewart JC. Insomnia symptoms and biomarkers of monocyte activation, systemic inflammation, and coagulation in HIV: Veterans Aging Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2021; 16(2):e0246073. PMID: 33561176; PMCID: PMC7872271; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246073;
     
  9. Fuster D, So-Armah K, Cheng DM, Coleman SM, Gnatienko N, Lioznov D, Krupitsky EM, Freiberg MS, Samet JH. Lack of Association Between Recent Cannabis Use and Advanced Liver Fibrosis Among HIV-positive Heavy Drinkers. Curr HIV Res. 2021; 19(4):324-331.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34061004
     
  10. Zifodya JS, Duncan MS, So-Armah KA, Attia EF, Akgün KM, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Marconi VC, Budoff MJ, Bedimo RJ, Alcorn CW, Soo Hoo GW, Butt AA, Kim JW, Sico JJ, Tindle HA, Huang L, Tate JP, Justice AC, Freiberg MS, Crothers K. Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Risk of Cardiovascular Events in People Living With HIV. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 12; 9(23):e017645. PMID: 33222591; PMCID: PMC7763776; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.120.017645;
     
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HIV-I
Liver Fibrosis
Cardiovascular Diseases
Epidemiology
Longitudinal data analysis
Alcohol Consumption
Opioid-Related Disorders
Microbiome, Human

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