Kiran Kaur Khush, MD

Cardiologist

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Stanford University Medical Center
After growing up in the Philippines (albeit of Indian descent), Kiran Kaur Khush graduated with Honors and Distinction in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. She completed her medical training at Harvard University and medical residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), followed by general cardiology training and advanced training in heart failure, heart transplantation, pulmonary hypertension, and echocardiography at UCSF. She then joined the faculty at UCSF while concomitantly earning a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Research and Epidemiology. Dr. Khush moved back to Stanford University in 2008 upon joining the faculty in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, where she focuses on clinical and translational research in the field of heart transplantation. Since her appointment she has received a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health as well as research grants from the American Heart Association and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Khush’s research focuses on the evaluation and selection of donors for heart transplantation; the pathogenesis of post-transplant complications, including acute rejection and cardiac allograft vasculopathy; and non-invasive diagnosis of post-transplant complications. She currently serves on the Donor Management Task Force—an ad hoc committee appointed by the US Department of Health and Human Services that has been charged with improving outcomes in donor management practices. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and is a peer reviewer for the NIH. Dr. Khush is also the program director of the advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowship at Stanford.

Mother to three young children, Dr. Khush enjoys international travel and a quiet moment with a good book.

Heart Transplant Program

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-5468
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General Cardiology

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  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6459
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Stanford South Asian Translational Heart Initiative

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  • Stanford, CA 94305
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)

Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2006)

Fellowship: UCSF Dean's Office Postdoctoral Education (2006) CA

Residency: UCSF-Graduate Medical Education (2003) CA

Medical Education: Harvard Medical School - Children's Hospital (2000) MA

MAS, Univ of California San Francisco, Clinical Research (2008)

Fellowship, Univ of California San Francisco, Heart Transplant, Heart Failure, (2006)

Fellowship, Univ of California San Francisco, Echocardiography (Level III) (2006)

Fellowship, Univ of California San Francisco, General Cardiology (2005)

Residency, Univ of California San Francisco, Internal Medicine (2003)

MD, Harvard University, Medicine (2000)

BSc with Honors and Distinction, Stanford University, Biology (1995)

Honors & Awards

Clinical Research Program Award, American Heart Association (2010)

Transplant Registry Early Career Award, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (2010)

Career Development Award (K23), National Institutes of Health (2009)

Beginning Grant-in-Aid, American Heart Association (2008)

Fellow, American College of Cardiology (2008)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award, American Heart Association (2006)

Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence, University of California San Francisco (2001)

House Officer of the Year Award, San Francisco General Hospital (2001)

Administrative Appointments

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine (2011 - Present)

Instructor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University (2008 - 2011)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Circulating Cell-Free DNA Enables Noninvasive Diagnosis of Heart Transplant Rejection
De Vlaminck, I., Valantine, H. A., Snyder, T. M., Strehl, C., Cohen, G., & Khush, K. K. (2014). Circulating Cell-Free DNA Enables Noninvasive Diagnosis of Heart Transplant Rejection. SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE, 6(241).

Identification of Common Blood Gene Signatures for the Diagnosis of Renal and Cardiac Acute Allograft Rejection
Li, L., Khush, K., Hsieh, S.-C., Ying, L., Luikart, H., & Sarwal, M. M. (2013). Identification of Common Blood Gene Signatures for the Diagnosis of Renal and Cardiac Acute Allograft Rejection. PLOS ONE, 8(12).

Temporal Response of the Human Virome to Immunosuppression and Antiviral Therapy
De Vlaminck, I., Khush, K. K., Strehl, C., Kohli, B., Luikart, H., & Quake, S. R. (2013). Temporal Response of the Human Virome to Immunosuppression and Antiviral Therapy. CELL, 155(5), 1178-1187.

Donor Predictors of Allograft Use and Recipient Outcomes After Heart Transplantation
Khush, K. K., Menza, R., John Nguyen, J., Zaroff, J. G., & Goldstein, B. A. (2013). Donor Predictors of Allograft Use and Recipient Outcomes After Heart Transplantation. CIRCULATION-HEART FAILURE, 6(2), 300-309.

Pregnancy-Related Human Leukocyte Antigen Sensitization Leading to Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy and Graft Failure in a Heart Transplant Recipient: A Case Report
Ginwalla, M., Pando, M. J., & Khush, K. K. (2013). Pregnancy-Related Human Leukocyte Antigen Sensitization Leading to Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy and Graft Failure in a Heart Transplant Recipient: A Case Report. TRANSPLANTATION PROCEEDINGS, 45(2), 800-802.

Identification of common blood gene signatures for the diagnosis of renal and cardiac acute allograft rejection.
Li, L., Khush, K., Hsieh, S.-C., Ying, L., Luikart, H., & Sarwal, M. M. (2013). Identification of common blood gene signatures for the diagnosis of renal and cardiac acute allograft rejection. PloS one, 8(12).

Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Polymorphisms and Cardiac Graft Function in Potential Organ Donors
Khush, K. K., Pawlikowska, L., Menza, R. L., Goldstein, B. A., Hayden, V., & Zaroff, J. G. (2012). Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Polymorphisms and Cardiac Graft Function in Potential Organ Donors. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 12(12), 3377-3386.

The 4G/4G Genotype of the PAI-1 (Serpine-1) 4G/5G Polymorphism Is Associated With Decreased Lung Allograft Utilization
Sapru, A., Zaroff, J. G., Pawlikowska, L., Liu, K. D., Khush, K. K., & Matthay, M. A. (2012). The 4G/4G Genotype of the PAI-1 (Serpine-1) 4G/5G Polymorphism Is Associated With Decreased Lung Allograft Utilization. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 12(7), 1848-1854.

Electrocardiographic Characteristics of Potential Organ Donors and Associations With Cardiac Allograft Use
Khush, K. K., Menza, R., Nguyen, J., Goldstein, B. A., Zaroff, J. G., & Drew, B. J. (2012). Electrocardiographic Characteristics of Potential Organ Donors and Associations With Cardiac Allograft Use. CIRCULATION-HEART FAILURE, 5(4), 475-483.

Relation of Improvement in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate With Atorvastatin to Reductions in Hospitalizations for Heart Failure (from the Treating to New Targets [TNT] Study)
Ho, J. E., Waters, D. D., Kean, A., Wilson, D. J., DeMicco, D. A., & Khush, K. K. (2012). Relation of Improvement in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate With Atorvastatin to Reductions in Hospitalizations for Heart Failure (from the Treating to New Targets [TNT] Study). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, 109(12), 1761-1766.

Influence of donor and recipient sex mismatch on heart transplant outcomes: Analysis of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry
Khush, K. K., Kubo, J. T., & Desai, M. (2012). Influence of donor and recipient sex mismatch on heart transplant outcomes: Analysis of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry. JOURNAL OF HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTATION, 31(5), 459-466.

Universal noninvasive detection of solid organ transplant rejection
Snyder, T. M., Khush, K. K., Valantine, H. A., & Quake, S. R. (2011). Universal noninvasive detection of solid organ transplant rejection. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(15), 6229-6234.

Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the beta-adrenergic receptor genes are associated with lung allograft utilization
Sapru, A., Pawlikowska, L., Liu, K. D., Khush, K. K., Ann-Baxter-Lowe, L., & Matthay, M. A. (2011). Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the beta-adrenergic receptor genes are associated with lung allograft utilization. JOURNAL OF HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTATION, 30(2), 211-217.

Differentially Expressed RNA from Public Microarray Data Identifies Serum Protein Biomarkers for Cross-Organ Transplant Rejection and Other Conditions
Chen, R., Sigdel, T. K., Li, L., Kambham, N., Dudley, J. T., & Butte, A. J. (2010). Differentially Expressed RNA from Public Microarray Data Identifies Serum Protein Biomarkers for Cross-Organ Transplant Rejection and Other Conditions. PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY, 6(9).

Effect of pulmonary hypertension on clinical outcomes in advanced heart failure: Analysis of the Evaluation Study of Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Artery Catheterization Effectiveness (ESCAPE) database
Khush, K. K., Tasissa, G., Butler, J., McGlothlin, D., & De Marco, T. (2009). Effect of pulmonary hypertension on clinical outcomes in advanced heart failure: Analysis of the Evaluation Study of Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Artery Catheterization Effectiveness (ESCAPE) database. AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL, 157(6), 1026-1034.

New developments in immunosuppressive therapy for heart transplantation
Khush, K. K., & Valantine, H. A. (2009). New developments in immunosuppressive therapy for heart transplantation. EXPERT OPINION ON EMERGING DRUGS, 14(1), 1-21.

Association of African American race with elevated pulmonary artery Diastolic pressure: Data from the heart and soul study
Kush, K. K., Shah, S. J., Ristow, B., De Marco, T., Whooley, M. A., & Schiller, N. B. (2007). Association of African American race with elevated pulmonary artery Diastolic pressure: Data from the heart and soul study. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY, 20(11), 1307-1313.

Donor cardiac troponin I levels do not predict recipient survival after cardiac transplantation
Khush, K. K., Menza, R. L., Babcock, W. D., & Zaroff, J. G. (2007). Donor cardiac troponin I levels do not predict recipient survival after cardiac transplantation. JOURNAL OF HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTATION, 26(10), 1048-1053.

Effect of high-dose atorvastatin on hospitalizations for heart failure - Subgroup analysis of the treating to new targets (TNT) study
Khush, K. K., Waters, D. D., Bittner, V., Deedwania, P. C., Kastelein, J. Jp., & Wenger, N. K. (2007). Effect of high-dose atorvastatin on hospitalizations for heart failure - Subgroup analysis of the treating to new targets (TNT) study. CIRCULATION, 115(5), 576-583.

Effects of statin therapy on the development and progression of heart failure: Mechanisms and clinical trials
Khush, K. K., & Waters, D. D. (2006). Effects of statin therapy on the development and progression of heart failure: Mechanisms and clinical trials. JOURNAL OF CARDIAC FAILURE, 12(8), 664-674.

Nesiritide acutely increases pulmonary and systemic levels of nitric oxide in patients with pulmonary hypertension
Khush, K. K., De Marco, T., Vakharia, K. T., Harmon, C., Fineman, J. R., & Michaels, A. D. (2006). Nesiritide acutely increases pulmonary and systemic levels of nitric oxide in patients with pulmonary hypertension. JOURNAL OF CARDIAC FAILURE, 12(7), 507-513.

Obese patients have lower B-type and atrial natriuretic peptide levels compared with nonobese.
Khush, K. K., Gerber, I. L., Mckeown, B., Marcus, G., Vessey, J., & Michaels, A. D. (2006). Obese patients have lower B-type and atrial natriuretic peptide levels compared with nonobese. Congestive heart failure (Greenwich, Conn.), 12(2), 85-90.

The history of the coronary care unit
Khush, K. K., Rapaport, E., & Waters, D. (2005). The history of the coronary care unit. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, 21(12), 1041-1045.

A full house: complications from an uncorrected patent ductus arteriosus.
Khush, K. K., Randhawa, R., & Israel, E. (2005). A full house: complications from an uncorrected patent ductus arteriosus. Current cardiology reports, 7(4), 310-313.

Age and aneurysm position predict patterns of left ventricular dysfunction after subarachnoid hemorrhage
Khush, K., Kopelnik, A., Tung, P., Banki, N., Dae, M., & Zaroff, J. (2005). Age and aneurysm position predict patterns of left ventricular dysfunction after subarachnoid hemorrhage. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY, 18(2), 168-174.

Lessons prom the PROVE-IT trial - Higher dose of potent statin better for high-risk patients
Khush, K. K., & Waters, D. (2004). Lessons prom the PROVE-IT trial - Higher dose of potent statin better for high-risk patients. CLEVELAND CLINIC JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 71(8), 609-616.