Kaharu Sumino, MD, MPH


Associate Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

My research interests are clinical trials in asthma, comparative effectiveness research in obstructive lung disease, and translational studies in respiratory virus infection.

I am a clinician investigator in Pulmonary Medicine with a specialized interest in asthma. With guidance of Dr. Castro who is one of the national leaders in asthma research, I have been participating in the implementation of many clinical studies, and been intricately involved with the planning, recruitment and implementation of those projects. I am actively involved in the activity of the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center network, which is one of the largest asthma networks in the U.S. and led a protocol for one of their multicenter trial called Methacholine Bronchoprovocation – influence of high potency Inhaled Corticosteroids in asthma study (MeCIS). I am leading several multi-center trials in asthma funded by NIH and pharmaceutical companies. I have been also a co-investigator in many networks including Asthmanet, and Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma (URECA) Study. I am leading the ongoing study, ASIST (Asthma Symptom-based Inhaled Steroid in African American children) funded by PCORI, which is a community-engaged pragmatic study in asthmatic children. I am also interested in administrative data research to evaluate the effectiveness or harm of an intervention in a real-life population. My translational research includes molecular detection of respiratory viruses in patients with severe respiratory diseases, and characterization of a newly discovered respiratory virus in paramyxovius family, Metapneumovirus.

Education and Training

  • 1986 – 1992 – Yokohama City University School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan
  • 1992 – 1994 – General Internal Medicine Residency, Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994 – 1998 – Doctor of Medical Science (Ph.D.), Graduate School of Yokohama City University School of Medicine. First department of Internal Medicine, Yokohama, Japan (Graduate studies in Clinical Immunology and DNA vaccine)
  • 1998 – 2001 – Internal Medicine Residency, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
    July 2001 – June 2004 – Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • January 2006 – May 2009 – Master of Public Health (MPH), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD
  • 2004 – present – Staff, Pulmonary Service, John Cochran VA Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • 2004 – 2007 – Instructor in Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2007 – 2015 – Assistant Professor in Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2015-present – Associate Professor in Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Honors and Awards

  • 1997 Noguchi Medical Research Institute Scholarship for sub-internship at Kuakini Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • 2000 – 2001 – Excellence in Nephrology; Division of Nephrology, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii


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