42798-Bourgi, Kassem

Kassem Bourgi, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

CL 578
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Bourgi graduated from the American University of Beirut where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS, 2007) and Doctor of Medicine (MD, 2011) degrees. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency training (2015) and served as a chief resident (2016) at Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University. Dr. Bourgi later completed his Infectious Disease and HIV fellowship training at Vanderbilt University (2018).

Dr. Bourgi’s research interests focus on evaluating the care continuum of non-communicable diseases among persons living with HIV (PLWH), including the incidence, disease management and gaps in the care cascade of non-AIDS related events. Dr. Bourgi is also interested in studying the metabolic complications associated with HIV infection and the long-term use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). His current research evaluates the differences in incidence of metabolic complications among different ART classes. He is a co-investigator in an NA-ACCORD study (The North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design) evaluating changes in weight, lipid and glucose metabolism among treatment naïve patients starting ART.

Key Publications

Bourgi K, Wanjalla C, Koethe JR. Inflammation and Metabolic Complications in HIV. Current HIV/AIDS Reports. 2018 Jul 30:1-1. doi: 10.1007/s11904-018-0411-2. PubMed ID: 30058057

Bourgi K, Rebeiro P, Koethe J, Raffanti S, Turner M, Bebawy S, Sterling T. Disparities in Diabetes Screening and Treatment Among Patients Receiving HIV Care. CROI 2018

Bourgi K, Fiske C, Sterling TR. Tuberculous Meningitis Review. Current Infectious Disease Reports (2017) 19:39. doi: 10.1007/s11908-017-0595-4. PubMed ID: 28895024

Meighani A, Hart B, Bourgi K, Miller N, John A, Ramesh M. Outcomes of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Clostridium Difficile Infection in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. doi: 10.1007/s10620-017-4580-4. PubMed ID: 28451916

Bourgi K, Patel J, Samuel L, Kieca A, Johnson L, Alangaden G. Clinical Impact of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing in the Diagnosis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: A 10-year Longitudinal Study. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 4 (2): ofx045. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofx045 PubMed ID: 5407217

Isseh IN, Bourgi K, Nakhle A, Ali M, Zervos MJ. False-Positive Cerebrospinal Fluid Cryptococcus Antigen in Libman–Sacks Endocarditis. Infection. 2016 Dec 1;44(6):803-5. PubMed ID: 27246719

Bourgi K, Brar I, Baker-Genaw K. Health Disparities in Hepatitis C Screening and Linkage to Care at an Integrated Health System in Southeast Michigan. PloS One. 2016 Aug 15;11(8):e0161241. PubMed ID: 2752598.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Education
    2018 FEL Vanderbilt University
    2015 RES Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University
    2011 MD American University of Beirut
    2007 BS American University of Beirut
  • Research

    1. Evaluating the care continuum of non-communicable diseases among persons living with HIV (PLWH)

    2. Studying the metabolic complications associated with HIV infection and long-term use antiretroviral therapy. 

    3. Using large databases to evaluate the HIV care continuum and treatment outcomes, identify existing healthcare disparities and improve the quality and delivery of medical care. 

  • Professional Organizations
    HIV Medical Association
    Infectious Diseases Society of America
    International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
    Vanderbilt Tuberculosis Center
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
  • Clinical Interests

    Caring for persons living with HIV. 

    LGBT health including caring for persons who identify as transgender. 

    Treatment of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. 

    HIV/TB coinfection. 

    HIV/HCV coinfection. 

  • Awards
    Org: Vanderbilt University
    Desc: Fellow of the Year Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Org: Conferences on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
    Desc: Young Investigator Scholarship Award, CROI 2018
    Scope: National
    Date: 2018-03-01
    Org: Infectious Diseases Society of America
    Desc: Fellow Travel Award, IDWeek 2016
    Scope: National
    Date: 2016-07-01
    Org: Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University
    Desc: Excellence in Leadership Award
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2016-06-01
    Org: Alpha Omega Alpha
    Desc: Induction into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    Scope: National

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