Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD

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“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so I'm studying how genes, medications, and everyday behaviors influence heart health.”

Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Professor, Medicine - General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Professor, Epidemiology, University of Washington
Adjunct Professor, Health Services, University of Washington

psaty@uw.edu
206-221-7775

Biography

Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD, is a general internist and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist with interests and expertise in pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, genomics, and drug safety. Also a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and health services at the University of Washington (UW), he co-directs the UW’s Cardiovascular Health Research Unit.

Dr. Psaty’s work includes population-based case-control studies of myocardial infarction, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and venous thromboembolism conducted at Kaiser Permanente Washington. His primary research interests include:

  • risk factors such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and diabetes and the risks and benefits of the drugs used to treat them;
  • new or emerging risk factors for heart disease and stroke;
  • genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenetics; and
  • genetic risk factors for various conditions.

His several current National Institutes of Health-funded projects involve largescale collaborative discovery efforts and use genetics to understand the human biology of cardiovascular diseases and risk factors. He is a founding member of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology consortium (CHARGE), which conducts genome-wide association studies in collaborating cohorts, including the Cardiovascular Health Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He also teaches and mentors students, fellows, and junior faculty in medicine and epidemiology.

A national leader in encouraging better postmarket surveillance of approved medications, Dr. Psaty was a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Science Board (2011-2018), a committee that advises the commissioner and chief scientist. He previously served on two National Academy of Medicine (NAM) panels charged with reviewing the FDA, most recently the ethical and scientific issues in studying the safety of approved drugs. Dr. Psaty recently served as a member of NHLBI’s Advisory Council, and is a member of the NHLBI’s Board of External Experts. In 2013, he was elected to the NAM and designated a distinguished scientist by the American Heart Association.

For many years, Dr. Psaty maintained a small primary care practice in the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.

Research interests and experience

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Myocardial infarction and stroke; venous thrombosis; atrial fibrillation; and risk factors, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes

  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    Pharmaco-epidemiology; drug safety

  • Genetics, Genomics, and Pharmacogenetics

  • Epidemiologic Methods

     

Recent publications

Irvin MR, Sitlani CM, Floyd JS, Psaty BM, Bis JC, Wiggins KL, Whitsel EA, Sturmer T, Stewart J, Raffield L, Sun F, Liu CT, Xu H, Cupples AL, Tanner RM, Rossing P, Smith A, Zilhão NR, Launer LJ, Noordam R, Rotter JI, Yao J, Li X, Guo X, Limdi N, Sundaresan A, Lange L, Correa A, Stott DJ, Ford I, Jukema JW, Gudnason V, Mook-Kanamori DO, Trompet S, Palmas W, Warren HR, Hellwege JN, Giri A, O'Donnell C, Hung AM, Edwards TL, Ahluwalia TS, Arnett DK, Avery CL; VA Million Veteran Program and the CHARGE Pharmacogenetics Working Group. Genome wide association study of apparent treatment resistant hypertension in the CHARGE consortium: the CHARGE Pharmacogenetics Working Group. Am J Hypertens. 2019 Sep 23. pii: hpz150. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpz150. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Teumer A, Li Y, Ghasemi S, Prins BP, Wuttke M, Hermle T, Giri A, Sieber KB, Qiu C, Kirsten H, Tin A, Chu AY, Bansal N, Feitosa MF, Wang L, Chai JF, Cocca M, Fuchsberger C, Gorski M, Hoppmann A, Horn K, Li M, Marten J, Noce D, Nutile T, Sedaghat S, Sveinbjornsson G, Tayo BO, van der Most PJ, Xu Y, Yu Z, Gerstner L, Ärnlöv J, Bakker SJL, Baptista D, Biggs ML, Boerwinkle E, Brenner H, Burkhardt R, Carroll RJ, Chee ML, Chee ML, Chen M, Cheng CY, Cook JP, Coresh J, Corre T, Danesh J, de Borst MH, De Grandi A, de Mutsert R, de Vries APJ, Degenhardt F, Dittrich K, Divers J, Eckardt KU, Ehret G, Endlich K, Felix JF, Franco OH, Franke A, Freedman BI, Freitag-Wolf S, Gansevoort RT, Giedraitis V, Gögele M, Grundner-Culemann F, Gudbjartsson DF, Gudnason V, Hamet P, Harris TB, Hicks AA, Holm H, Foo VHX, Hwang SJ, Ikram MA, Ingelsson E, Jaddoe VWV, Jakobsdottir J, Josyula NS, Jung B, Kähönen M, Khor CC, Kiess W, Koenig W, Körner A, Kovacs P, Kramer H, Krämer BK, Kronenberg F, Lange LA, Langefeld CD, Lee JJ, Lehtimäki T, Lieb W, Lim SC, Lind L, Lindgren CM, Liu J, Loeffler M, Lyytikäinen LP, Mahajan A, Maranville JC, Mascalzoni D, McMullen B, Meisinger C, Meitinger T, Miliku K, Mook-Kanamori DO, Müller-Nurasyid M, Mychaleckyj JC, Nauck M, Nikus K, Ning B, Noordam R, Connell JO, Olafsson I, Palmer ND, Peters A, Podgornaia AI, Ponte B, Poulain T, Pramstaller PP, Rabelink TJ, Raffield LM, Reilly DF, Rettig R, Rheinberger M, Rice KM, Rivadeneira F, Runz H, Ryan KA, Sabanayagam C, Saum KU, Schöttker B, Shaffer CM, Shi Y, Smith AV, Strauch K, Stumvoll M, Sun BB, Szymczak S, Tai ES, Tan NYQ, Taylor KD, Teren A, Tham YC, Thiery J, Thio CHL, Thomsen H, Thorsteinsdottir U, Tönjes A, Tremblay J, Uitterlinden AG, van der Harst P, Verweij N, Vogelezang S, Völker U, Waldenberger M, Wang C, Wilson OD, Wong C, Wong TY, Yang Q, Yasuda M, Akilesh S, Bochud M, Böger CA, Devuyst O, Edwards TL, Ho K, Morris AP, Parsa A, Pendergrass SA, Psaty BM, Rotter JI, Stefansson K, Wilson JG, Susztak K, Snieder H, Heid IM, Scholz M, Butterworth AS, Hung AM, Pattaro C, Köttgen A. Genome-wide association meta-analyses and fine-mapping elucidate pathways influencing albuminuria. Nat Commun. 2019;10(1):4130. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11576-0. PubMed

Agha G, Mendelson MM, Ward-Caviness CK, Joehanes R, Huan T, Gondalia R, Salfati E, Brody JA, Fiorito G, Bressler J, Chen BH, Ligthart S, Guarrera S, Colicino E, Just AC, Wahl S, Gieger C, Vandiver AR, Tanaka T, Hernandez DG, Pilling LC, Singleton AB, Sacerdote C, Krogh V, Panico S, Tumino R, Li Y, Zhang G, Stewart JD, Floyd JS, Wiggins KL, Rotter JI, Multhaup M, Bakulski K, Horvath S, Tsao PS, Absher DM, Vokonas P, Hirschhorn J, Fallin MD, Liu C, Bandinelli S, Boerwinkle E, Dehghan A, Schwartz JD, Psaty BM, Feinberg AP, Hou L, Ferrucci L, Sotoodehnia N, Matullo G, Peters A, Fornage M, Assimes TL, Whitsel EA, Levy D, Baccarelli AA. Blood leukocyte DNA methylation predicts risk of future myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease. Circulation. 2019;140(8):645-657. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.039357. Epub 2019 Aug 19. PubMed

Lindstrom S, Wang L, Smith EN, Gordon W, van Hylckama Vlieg A, de Andrade M, Brody JA, Pattee JW, Haessler J, Brumpton BM, Chasman DI, Suchon P, Chen MH, Turman C, Germain M, Wiggins KL, MacDonald J, Braekkan SK, Armasu SM, Pankratz N, Jackson RD, Nielsen JB, Giulianini F, Puurunen MK, Ibrahim M, Heckbert SR, Damrauer SM, Natarajan P, Klarin D, de Vries PS, Sabater-Lleal M, Huffman JE, Bammler TK, Frazer KA, McCauley BM, Taylor K, Pankow JS, Reiner AP, Gabrielsen ME, Deleuze JF, O'Donnell CJ, Kim J, McKnight B, Kraft P, Hansen JB, Rosendaal FR, Heit JA, Psaty BM, Tang W, Kooperberg C, Hveem K, Ridker PM, Morange PE, Johnson AD, Kabrhel C, Trégouët DA, Smith NL. Genomic and transcriptomic association studies identify 16 novel susceptibility loci for venous thromboembolism. Blood. 2019 Aug 16. pii: blood.2019000435. doi: 10.1182/blood.2019000435. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

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