Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


I am a clinical epidemiologist and data scientist, with three interdisciplinary research pillars, within the umbrella of eliminating racial disparities and discrimination and promoting equity and social justice: 1) trauma and violence (firearm injury epidemiology), 2) cardiometabolic diseases 3) psychiatric and mental health conditions. I use novel statistical methodology, supervised and unsupervised machine learning and emerging m-health technologies. My most recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that the average profile of an American using a gun for suicide is a married, white male over the age of 50 who is experiencing deteriorating health.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine
  • Investigator - Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • 2012 - Universität Bern, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • 2004 - Johns Hopkins University, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • 2002 - Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, MSc Field of Study: Epidemiology


  • Published on 2/4/2021

    Siracuse JJ, Woodson J, Ellis RP, Farber A, Roddy SP, Kalesan B, Levin SR, Osborne NH, Srinivasan J. Intermittent claudication treatment patterns in the commercially insured non-Medicare population. J Vasc Surg. 2021 Feb 04. PMID: 33548437.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Siracuse JJ, Kalesan B. The need for a comprehensive vascular trauma registry. J Vasc Surg. 2021 Feb; 73(2):738. PMID: 33485501.

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  • Published on 12/28/2020

    Kalesan B, Siracuse JJ, Cook A, Prosperi M, Fagan J, Galea S. Prevalence and hospital charges from firearm injuries treated in US emergency departments from 2006 to 2016. Surgery. 2020 Dec 28. PMID: 33384161.

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  • Published on 9/16/2020

    Siracuse JJ, Farber A, Cheng TW, Levin SR, Kalesan B. Hospital-Level Medicaid Prevalence Is Associated with Increased Length of Stay after Asymptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenting Despite no Increase in Major Complications. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Feb; 71:65-73. PMID: 32949743.

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  • Published on 9/15/2020

    Janeway MG, Zhao X, Rosenthaler M, Zuo Y, Balasubramaniyan K, Poulson M, Neufeld M, Siracuse JJ, Takahashi CE, Allee L, Dechert T, Burke PA, Li F, Kalesan B. Clinical diagnostic phenotypes in hospitalizations due to self-inflicted firearm injury. J Affect Disord. 2021 Jan 01; 278:172-180. PMID: 32961413.

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  • Published on 8/5/2020

    Kimmel SD, Kim JH, Kalesan B, Samet JH, Walley AY, Larochelle MR. Against medical advice discharges in injection and non-injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis: A nationwide cohort study. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Aug 05. PMID: 32756935.

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  • Published on 7/27/2020

    Kimmel SD, Walley AY, Linas BP, Kalesan B, Awtry E, Dobrilovic N, White L, LaRochelle M. Effect of Publicly Reported Aortic Valve Surgery Outcomes on Valve Surgery in Injection Drug- and Non-Injection Drug-Associated Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 27; 71(3):480-487. PMID: 31598642.

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  • Published on 7/17/2020

    Kalesan B, Zhao S, Poulson M, Neufeld M, Dechert T, Siracuse JJ, Zuo Y, Li F. Intersections of Firearm Suicide, Drug-Related Mortality, and Economic Dependency in Rural America. J Surg Res. 2020 12; 256:96-102. PMID: 32688080.

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  • Published on 7/8/2020

    Neufeld MY, Janeway MG, Lee SY, Miller MI, Smith EA, Kalesan B, Allee L, Dechert T, Sanchez SE. Utilization of mental health services in pediatric patients surviving penetrating trauma resulting from interpersonal violence. Am J Surg. 2021 01; 221(1):233-239. PMID: 32690211.

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  • Published on 2/27/2020

    Siracuse JJ, Farber A, Cheng TW, Jones DW, Kalesan B. Lower extremity vascular injuries caused by firearms have a higher risk of amputation and death compared with non-firearm penetrating trauma. J Vasc Surg. 2020 10; 72(4):1298-1304.e1. PMID: 32115320.

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