Ka Kahe

Ka Kahe

Ka Kahe

Virgil G. Damon Professor
Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology


622 W. 168 Street, Room 16-62
New York NY USA 10032



Dr. Kahe's research is primarily in nutritional and environmental epidemiology, focusing on lifestyle, dietary and environmental factors in relation to the risk of chronic diseases. He has served as the Principal Investigator in a number of NIH funded population studies, including secondary data analysis and studies collecting new data with multidisciplinary approach. Under the umbrella of CARDIA and REGARDS cohort studies, he has led multiple NIH funded projects relating minerals (both nutritious and toxic) to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive decline. As a co-investigator, he has been involved in a few large national and international, epidemiological and clinical studies. In these studies, he has successfully administered and/or collaborated with other researchers from different institutes, and produced high quality peer-reviewed publications.



ScD, Harvard University
MPH, Tufts University
MD, Soochow University

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Research Design and Methods, Child Health and Development, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurological Disease / Disorders, Stroke, Arsenic Exposure, Toxicity of Heavy Metals, Nutrition, Obesity, Maternal Health, Perinatal Epidemiology

Select Publications

Chen C, Xun P, Tsinovoi C, McClure LA, Brockman J, MacDonald L, Cushman M, Cai J, Kamendulis L, Mackey J, He K: Urinary cadmium concentration and the risk of ischemic stroke. Neurology. 91 (4): e382-e391, 2018.

Tsinovoi CL, Xun PC, McClure L, Montes De Oca VC, Brockman J, Cai J, Guallar E, Cushman, M, and He K: Arsenic exposure in relation to ischemic stroke: the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study. Stroke. 49 (1): 19-26, 2018.

Cornelis MC, Fornage M, Foy M, Xun PC, Gladyshev VN, Morris JS, Chasman DI, Hu FB, Rimm EB, Kraft P, Jordan J, Mozaffarian D, and Ka He: Genome-wide association study of selenium concentrations. Human Molecular Genetics. 24 (5): 1469-1477, 2014.

He K, Xun P, Liu K, Morris JS, Reis J, and Guallar E: Mercury exposure in young adulthood and incidence of diabetes later in life: the CARDIA Trace Element Study. Diabetes Care. 36 (6): 1584-1589, 2013.

He K, Xun P, Brasky TM, Gammon MD, Stevens J and White E: Types of fish consumed and fish preparation methods in relation to pancreatic cancer incidence: the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 177 (2): 152-160, 2013.

He K, Du S, Xun P, Sharma S, Wang H, Zhai F and Popkin B: Consumption of monosodium glutamate in relation to incidence of overweight in Chinese adults: China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 93 (6): 1328-1336, 2011.

He K: Trace elements in nails as biomarkers in clinical research. European Journal of Clinical Investigation. 41 (1): 98-102. 2011.

He K, Liu K, Daviglus ML, Morris SJ, Loria CM, Van Horn L, Jacobs DR Jr., and Savage PJ: Magnesium intake and incidence of metabolic syndrome among young adults. Circulation. 113 (13): 1675-1682, 2006.

He K, Merchant A, Rimm EB, Rosner BA, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, and Ascherio A: Dietary fat intake and risk of stroke in male US health professionals: 14 year prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal, 7418: 777-782, 2003.

He K, Rimm EB, Merchant A, Rosner BA, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, and Ascherio A: Fish consumption and risk of stroke in men. Journal of American Medical Association, 288 (24): 3130-3136, 2002.

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