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Karthik S Suresh, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Tamil

Expertise: General Internal Medicine

Research Interests: ROS signaling; endothelial cell biology; vascular biology; calcium signaling


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue 301 Building, 1st Floor Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Phone: 410-955-9441

Johns Hopkins University

1830 E. Monument St. Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic, 5th Floor Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Phone: 410-955-4176


Dr. Karthik Suresh is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest and expertise include general internal medicine, pulmonary / critical care medicine and pulmonary complications of chemo/immunotherapy.

He earned his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Osler Medicine training program at Johns Hopkins, and performed a fellowship in Pulmonary / Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine (2008)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (2011)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pulmonary Medicine (2012)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2011)

Research & Publications


Our lab focuses on three major topics focused around mechanisms of microvascular endothelial cell (MVEC) dysfunction in the lung: ROS-induced Ca2+ signaling; mechanisms of checkpoint inhibitor toxicity; and MVEC mitochondrial structure/function/genomics

1. ROS-induced Ca2+ influx: Using endothelial cells (ECs) isolated from humans, mice and rats, as well as animal models of ALI and PAH, we investigate the role of elevated reactive oxygen species (ROS) and intracellular calcium in regulating disease-specific abnormalities in EC function. In ALI, we study signaling pathways governing formation of paracellular gaps between endothelial cells, which clinically leads to alveolar flooding and hypoxemia. For PAH, we study the effect of ROS and calcium signaling on EC migration and proliferation as it relates to formation of vaso-occlusive lesions in the distal arterioles of the lung, a known contributor to elevations in pulmonary artery pressures in this disease.

2. Mechanisms of checkpoint inhibitor toxicity: In collaboration with Dr. Jarushka Naidoo (Oncology) and Dr. Franco D'Alessio (Pulm/CC), we study clinical characteristics and biologic mechanisms of lung injury in patients who develop pneumonitis after receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) - termed checkpoint inhibitor pneumonitis (CIP). We are specifically interested in mechanisms of endothelial leak and alveolar inflammatory cell efflux in CIP.

3. Mitochondrial structure/function/genomics in PAH: We are interested in the impact of abnormal mitochondrial structure (e.g. increased fragmentation), function (changes in respiration and metabolism) and genomics (induction of somatic mutations) on cytosolic Ca2+ levels and promotion of abnormal MVEC behavior (EndMT, migration, proliferation) in PAH.

Clinical Trial Keywords

ROS signaling, calcium signaling, microvascular endothelial cell physiology, mitochondrial structure/function, mechanisms of immunotherapy toxicity

Clinical Trials

 Optimization of steroid-refractory immune checkpoint inhibitors; Therapeutic options for autoimmune-associated interstitial lung disease

Selected Publications

Suresh K, Servinsky LE, Reyes J, Baksh S, Undem C, Caterina MJ, Pearse DB, Shimoda LA. Hydrogen Peroxide-induced Calcium Influx in lung microvascular endothelial cells involves TRPV4. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 309: L1467–L1477, 2015 (Editor's Pick)

Suresh K, Servinsky LE, Reyes J, Undem C, Zaldumbide J, Rentsendorj O, Modekurty S, Dodd-o J, Pearse DB, Shimoda LA. CD36 mediates H2O2-induced calcium influx in lung microvascular endothelial cells Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 312: L143-153, 2016

Suresh K, Servinsky L, Jiang H, Bigham Z, Huetsch J, Kliment C, Damarla M, Shimoda LA "ROS-induced Ca2+ via TRPV4 and microvascular endothelial dysfunction in the SU5416/Hypoxia model of pulmonary arterial hypertension", Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]

Suresh K, Zhong Q, Voong R, Ettinger D, Marrone K, Kelly R, Hahn C, Levy B, Feliciano J, Brahmer J, Forde P, Feller-Kopman D, Lerner A, Lee H, Yarmus L, D'Alessio F, Danoff S, Naidoo J. Clinical Features and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Characteristics Of PD-1 Pneumonitis In Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Checkpoint Immunotherapy, J. Thoracic Onc. [Epub ahead of print]. 2018

Suresh K, Naidoo J., Lin T, Danoff S. Pulmonary complications of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy: benefits and risks. CHEST [epub ahead of print]. 2018

Contact for Research Inquiries

Research Lab: Johns Hopkins Bayview
Asthma and Allergy Building, 4th floor
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

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