Josef Coresh, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Director, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Cardiovascular epidemiology; Vascular diseases; Kidney diseases; Genetic epidemiology more


Dr. Josef Coresh is a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He holds a joint appointment in biostatistics and a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on epidemiology.

Dr. Coresh is regarded as one of the world’s most influential researchers in his field. His work on the prevalence and consequences of chronic kidney disease has been instrumental in national and international clinical practice guidelines related the definition and staging of chronic kidney disease.

He serves as the director of both the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program and the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

His team is currently engaged in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, a prospective study of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Coresh also leads the Chronic Kidney Disease Consortium, which includes more than 50 cohorts and over 2 million participants.

Dr. Coresh received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton University and earned his M.D. from Johns Hopkins. He received his M.P.H. and his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also completed a fellowship in epidemiology.

He is vice-chair of the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative. He has been recognized with the David M. Hume Memorial Award and the Garabed Eknoyan Award from the National Kidney Foundation, and he was the inaugural recipient of the George W. Comstock Professorship in Epidemiology. more


  • Director, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program
  • Director, George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

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  • M.D.; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland) (1992)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Coresh studies risk factors for vascular disease across different organs, including the heart, kidney and brain, with the goal of improving health and training leaders in research. Much of his work has focused on factors mediating excess risk among patients with various stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), from pre-clinical to end-stage. He seeks to rigorously define the burden of CKD in the population and has enjoyed looking at genetic and biologic risk factors, as well as innovative epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis in the conduct of this research. The ultimate objective of his work is to decrease the enormous burden of vascular disease through developing the scientific basis for behavioral and pharmacologic interventions.

Selected Publications

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Coresh J, Turin TC, Matsushita K, Sang Y, Ballew SH, Appel LJ, Arima H, Chadban SJ, Cirillo M, Djurdjev O, Green JA, Heine GH, Inker LA, Irie F, Ishani A, Ix JH, Kovesdy CP, Marks A, Ohkubo T, Shalev V, Shankar A, Wen CP, de Jong PE, Iseki K, Stengel B, Gansevoort RT, Levey AS, CKD Prognosis Consortium. “Decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate and subsequent risk of end-stage renal disease and mortality.” JAMA 2014;311:2518-31.

Koton S, Schneider AL, Rosamond WD, Shahar E, Sang Y, Gottesman RF, Coresh J. “Stroke incidence and mortality trends in U.S. communities, 1987 to 2011.” JAMA 2014;312:259-68.

Schneider AL, Sharrett AR, Patel MD, Alonso A, Coresh J, Mosley T, Selnes O, Selvin E, Gottesman RF. “Education and cognitive change over 15 years: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study.” J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012; 60(10):1847-53.

Matsushita K, van der Velde M, Astor BC, Woodward M, Levey AS, de Jong PE, Coresh J, Gansevoort RT, Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium. “Association of estimated glomerular filtration rate and albuminuria with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in general population cohorts: a collaborative meta-analysis.” Lancet. 2010;375:2073-81.

Alonso A, Mosley T, Gottesman R, Catellier D, Sharrett AR, Coresh J. “Risk of dementia hospitalization associated with cardiovascular risk factors in midlife and older age: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study.” J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2009; 80(11):1194-201.

Levey AS, Stevens LA, Schmid CH, Yaping (Lucy) Zhang L, Castro A, MPH2, Feldman HI, Kusek JW, Eggers P, Van Lente F, Greene T, Coresh J, the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration. “Development of a new equation to estimate glomerular filtration rate and comparison to the modification of diet in renal disease study equation.” Ann Int Med. 2009; 604-612.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (340.607.01)
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Activities & Honors


  • David M. Hume Memorial Award, National Kidney Foundation, 2015
  • Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
  • Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers: World’s leading scientific minds top 1% most influential researchers, 2014 - 2015
  • Inaugural George W. Comstock Professorship, Johns Hopkins University Endowed Chair, 2012
  • David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2012
  • Epidemiology and Prevention Mentoring Award, American Heart Association, 2010
  • Garabed Eknoyan Award, National Kidney Foundation, 2010
  • Cozzarelli Prize for Outstanding Scientific Excellence and Originality, 2010


  • American Epidemiological Society, 2005

Professional Activities

  • Vice-chair, National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative

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