Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD, is the Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. He is the Chief Scientific Officer for Tufts Medical Center and the Executive Director of the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute. Dr. Karas also serves as the Vice Chairman for Research for the Department of Medicine, the Director of the Preventive Cardiology Center, as well as the Women's Heart Center at Tufts Medical Center.
Before earning his Medical Degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr Karas received his PhD in Comparative Physiology of Exercise from Harvard University. He then completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. He also completed a Clinical Fellowship in Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, and a Research Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
Dr Karas' main areas of research are the effects of steroid sex hormones on vascular cell biology, mouse models of cardiovascular disease, and the effects of lipid-lowering and hormone therapies on vasomotor function.
Dr Karas has received several RO1 research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is an author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters.
Dr Karas has recently served on five committees for the American Heart Association: a National Peer Review Committee (which he chaired for 3 years), the Committee on CVD in Women and other Special Populations (Past-chair), the Founder's Affiliate Research Committee, and the Region II Affiliate Peer Review Committee, and he has just started a term of service on the AHA's National Research Committee where he also chairs the Strategic Planning Subcommittee. At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he was a Member of the Review Committee for Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students. He also has been an ad hoc member of peer review committees for the NIH and the Swiss National Science Foundation. He has been an Editorial Board Member for Endocrinology and Atherosclerosis.
Awards and honors bestowed on Dr Karas include the Pfizer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiology, the Young Investigators Award from the American College of Cardiology, and the Basic Science Research Award (runner-up) and the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. Dr. Karas recieved the Kynett Award for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in 2011 and is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr Karas is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the Endocrine Society, the North American Menopause Society, and the American Heart Association's Basic Science Council, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and the Clinical Cardiology Council.