Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so I'm studying how genes, medications, and everyday behaviors influence heart health.”

Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD

Group Health Research Institute Senior Investigator

Areas of focus:

Biography

Bruce Psaty is a general internist and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist with interests and expertise in pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, and drug safety. Also a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and health services at the University of Washington (UW), he co-directs the UW’s Cardiovascular Health Research Unit.

Dr. Psaty’s work includes population-based case-control studies of myocardial infarction, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and venous thromboembolism conducted at Group Health Cooperative. His primary research interests include risk factors such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and diabetes and the drugs used to treat these conditions; new or emerging risk factors for heart disease and stroke; genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenetics; and genetic risk factors for a variety of conditions.

His several current NIH-funded projects focus on interactions between medications and genes; they represent efforts to translate findings from the Human Genome Project into clinical practice and, thus, improve the safety and efficacy of commonly used medications. He is a founding member of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology consortium (CHARGE), which conducts genome-wide association studies in collaborating cohorts, including the Cardiovascular Health Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He also teaches and mentors students, fellows, and junior faculty in medicine and epidemiology.

A national leader in encouraging better postmarket surveillance of approved medications, Dr. Psaty is a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Science Board, a committee that advises the commisioner and chief scientist. He previously served on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) panels charged with reviewing the FDA, most recently the ethical and scientific issues in studying the safety of approved drugs. Dr. Psaty is also a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Advisory Council. In 2013, he was elected to the IOM and designated a distinguished scientist by the American Heart Association.

Dr. Psaty maintains a small but long-standing primary care practice in the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.

Research interests and experience

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Myocardial infarction and stroke; venous thrombosis; atrial fibrillation; and risk factors, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes

  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    Pharmaco-epidemiology; drug safety

  • Genetics, Genomics, and Pharmacogenetics

  • Epidemiologic Methods

     

Recent publications

Gottlieb DJ, Hek K, Chen TH, Watson NF, Eiriksdottir G, Byrne EM, Cornelis M, Warby SC, Bandinelli S, Cherkas L, Evans DS, Grabe HJ, Lahti J, Li M, Lehtimäki T, Lumley T, Marciante KD, Pérusse L, Psaty BM, Robbins J, Tranah GJ, Vink JM, Wilk JB, Stafford JM, Bellis C, Biffar R, Bouchard C, Cade B, Curhan GC, Eriksson JG, Ewert R, Ferrucci L, Fülöp T, Gehrman PR, Goodloe R, Harris TB, Heath AC, Hernandez D, Hofman A, Hottenga JJ, Hunter DJ, Jensen MK, Johnson AD, Kähönen M, Kao L, Kraft P, Larkin EK, Lauderdale DS, Luik AI, Medici M, Montgomery GW, Palotie A, Patel SR, Pistis G, Porcu E, Quaye L, Raitakari O, Redline S, Rimm EB, Rotter JI, Smith AV, Spector TD, Teumer A, Uitterlinden AG, Vohl MC, Widen E, Willemsen G, Young T, Zhang X, Liu Y, Blangero J, Boomsma DI, Gudnason V, Hu F, Mangino M, Martin NG, O'Connor GT, Stone KL, Tanaka T, Viikari J, Gharib SA, Punjabi NM, Räikkönen K, Völzke H, Mignot E, Tiemeier H.

Novel loci associated with usual sleep duration: the CHARGE Consortium Genome-Wide Association Study.

Mol Psychiatry. 2014 Nov 18. doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.133. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Roberts JD, Dewland TA, Longoria J, Fitzpatrick AL, Ziv E, Hu D, Lin J, Glidden DV, Psaty BM, Burchard EG, Blackburn EH, Olgin JE, Heckbert SR, Marcus GM.

Telomere length and the risk of atrial fibrillation: insights into the role of biological versus chronological aging.

Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2014 Nov 8. pii: CIRCEP.114.001781 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Lemaitre RN, King IB, Kabagambe EK, Wu JH, McKnight B, Manichaikul A, Guan W, Sun Q, Chasman DI, Foy M, Wang L, Zhu J, Siscovick DS, Tsai MY, Arnett DK, Psaty BM, Djousse L, Chen YD, Tang W, Weng LC, Wu H, Jensen MK, Chu AY, Jacobs DR Jr, Rich SS, Mozaffarian D, Steffen L, Rimm EB, Hu FB, Ridker PM, Fornage M, Friedlander Y.

Genetic loci associated with circulating levels of very long-chain saturated fatty acids.

J Lipid Res. 2014 Nov 6. pii: jlr.M052456 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Sitlani CM, Rice KM, Lumley T, McKnight B, Cupples LA, Avery CL, Noordam R, Stricker BH, Whitsel EA, Psaty BM.

Generalized estimating equations for genome-wide association studies using longitudinal phenotype data.

Stat Med. 2014 Oct 9. doi: 10.1002/sim.6323 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed