Kaharu Sumino, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine

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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


View Kaharu Sumino’s research publications on PubMed