10-18-21 Despite being in her first year as a Cardiology Fellow, Dr. Sarah Urbut came in 2nd place in the Fellows Basic Science Category at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum. Congratulations Dr. Urbut!

9-28-21 Newsweek published their list of the world’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022 – Cardiology. At the top, you will find the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center! Congratulations to all who make this a world-class center.

9-20-21  The American College of Cardiology recently released a podcast in which they discuss how to recommend “counseling patients to adopt more of a plant-based diet?”

“Minimally or “smartly” processed plant-predominant dietary patterns can help reduce risk factors in primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, such as hyperlipidemia and hypertension, and can help reduce cardiovascular events in secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”

8-31-2021 Today, we would like to welcome to our lab Amanda Jowell, Harvard Medical School student. Her interests include preventive cardiology, addressing health disparities, and medical education.

8-11-2021 The Bay State Banner interviewed Dr. Natarajan. “Have a heart: It’s the only one you’ve got.”

7-27-2021 The CDC just updated their COVID-19 recommendations for those who have received their vaccinations. For instance, the CDC now recommends:

“fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.”

7-26-2021 Dr. Natarajan’s lab continues to grow. Megan Wong a clinical research coordinator from Idaho joined us at the beginning of July.

7-6-2021 Please help us welcome our new clinical research coordinator, Kim Lannery, our new research nurse Janet Boyle-Kelly, and our new high school student Akshaya Ravi

6-28-21 What an honor! The MGH Cardiology Division just announced that Dr. Pradeep Natarajan has been named as the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Endowed Chair in Vascular Medicine.

6-25-21 Recently, we published in JAMA Cardiologour lab’s research on the “Association of Diet Quality With Prevalence of Clonal Hematopoiesis and Adverse Cardiovascular Events

6-11-21 For our lab’s spring step challenge, over 46 days, 20 lab members completed 9.2M steps (4.6K miles) in total! Amazing!

6-8-21 Just in! Yesterday, Nature Medicine published Maryam Zekavat’s work on why age is “a risk factor for infectious disease?” “Hematopoietic mosaic chromosomal alterations increase the risk for diverse types of infection”

6-7-21 Please join me in a round of applause for Dr. Romit Bhattacharya. Harvard Medical School awarded him the prestigious John S. LaDue Memorial Fellowship to support his cardiovascular disease-related research. 

5-14-21 The journal Genetics Medicine just published Dr. Natarajan’s most recent work. “Randomized prospective evaluation of genome sequencing versus standard-of-care as a first molecular diagnostic test“.

5-13-21 The most recent guidelines from the CDC. “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance”

5-3-21 The CDC recently updated their COVID-19 guidelines to include the following:

“You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.”

4-19-21 Let’s get vaccinated! People age 16 + who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated.

4-12-21 Congratulations to Amy Sarma who received the MGH Medicine Innovation Pilot Grant Award for her research on “Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Following Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy”!

4-12-21 Congratulations! MGH awarded Romit Bhattacharya with the Primary Care Innovation Fund Pilot Grant Award for his research on “Validation of a novel toilet seat-based cuffless blood pressure measurement technology and association with left ventricular mass index.”

4-12-21 The most recent paper published by the Natarajan Lab in Nature Communications “Chromosome Xq23 is associated with lower atherogenic lipid concentrations and favorable cardiometabolic indices“.

4-8-21 Congratulations to Maryam Zekavat for winning a SAC 2021 Poster of Distinction Award from MGH!

3-29-2021 Dr. Natarajan would like to announce the launch of his latest trial “Disease Management Platform for Heart Failure” in collaboration with AstraZeneca.

3-19-2021 Congratulations! The editorial board for the MGH Cardiology Board Review Book (2nd edition) awarded Romit Bhattacharya and Pradeep Natarajan for the best chapter.

03-17-2021 Massachusetts released the latest vaccine schedule. Beginning April 19th, all groups are eligible to receive the vaccine.

03-11-2021 Our latest preprint! “A large-scale multi-ethnic genome-wide association study of coronary artery disease”

03-10-2021 Our latest paper from the lab! “Association of Premature Menopause With Incident Pulmonary Hypertension: a cohort study”

03-10-2021 Welcome to our latest lab members! So Mi Jemma Cho comes from the Republic of Korea and Abraham Cheloff a medical student at Harvard Medical School.

03-08-2021 New guidelines from @CDCgov for vaccinated adults.

03-05-2021  The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine awarded Dr. Natarajan the 2021 Bromberg Memorial Visiting Professorship. During Grand Rounds, he presented his work on “Cardiovascular Precision Medicine and Dynamic Genomes”.


Cardiovascular disease, largely due to coronary artery disease, is the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide.

Our laboratory uses genomics, biomarkers, bioinformatics, mobile technology, and deep phenotyping to discover and understand the causal factors of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease across diverse populations. We also implement these insights in prospective studies to improve preventive cardiovascular care.

Our laboratory spans the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiovascular Research Center and Center for Genomic Medicine, Program in Medical & Population Genetics of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Harvard Medical School.

Our work is possible through the support of funders, and collaborations with scientists and research participants around the world.

Dr. Natarajan is also the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital where he oversees prevention, genetics, and cardiac rehabilitation programs for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

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