Kaharu Sumino, MD, MPH

Kaharu Sumino, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

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Research Interests

My research has focused on clinical trials in asthma and COPD, comparative effectiveness research in obstructive lung disease, stakeholder engagement in research and implementation studies in asthma treatment. I am particularly pleased of my contributions to science, which include: diagnostic validation of the methacholine challenge test in a prospective multi-center study at 19 centers throughout the United States, evaluation of electronic monitoring system as a novel method of tracking disease activity in obstructive lung disease, evaluation of novel asthma treatment strategies though our multi-center studies, identification of clinical impact of metapneumovirus infection which was previously not known and most recently effectiveness of as-needed inhaled corticosteroid therapy in mild asthma in the primary care setting.

I have had a leading role in the activities of multiple national clinical research networks including Severe Asthma Research Program (NIH), and Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma (PrecISE) Network. I led the ASIST (Asthma Symptom-based Inhaled Steroid in African American children) study funded by PCORI, which was a community-engaged pragmatic study in asthmatic children working with community pediatricians in Saint Louis. The result of this study is now included in a well-sited international asthma guideline (Global Initiative in Asthma: GINA). My passion also involves patient and stakeholder engagement in research leading the development and implementation of the patient advisory group for the advocacy organizations.

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 – 2022 – Associate Professor in Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2022 – Present – 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