Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, DDS

International Scholar

  •  Lecturer and Research fellow
  •  Taiwan, Province of China
  •   Adverse drug reactions | Environmental health | Epidemiology | Infectious disease

Languages: Mandarin (native), English (fluent)


Dr. Ma leads clinical studies at National Taiwan University, Taiwan using population-based cohort registry and multi-national intramural databases. His main research interests include infectious diseases and adverse drug reactions. As a previous scholar at Penn, he keeps close collaborations with faculty at Penn. Through integrating sociodemographics, lifestyle survey, environmental exposure, medical records, and genetic data provided from affiliated biobanks in these cohorts studies, results of these studies provide understanding towards the complicated interactions between clinical phenotypes/ disease prognosis, lifestyle/ environmental exposure, and genotypes, and could be applied to improve health equity worldwide.


Etiology and genetic predisposition to adverse drug reactions. This project contains a series of multi-center cohort studies on adverse drug reactions, such as Steven-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis, following the use of medications including NSAIDs, steroids, anticonvulsants, and immune checkpoint inhibitors.
Prevention and side effects of bacterial and viral infections. This project contains a series of population-based cohort studies and meta-analyses on bacterial infections including nontuberculous mycobacterial infections, MRSA, and gastrointestinal dysbiosis, and viral infections including HIV, HPV, and SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Ma KS, Liou YJ, Huang PH, Lin PS, Chen YW, Chang RF. Identifying Medically-compromised Patients with Periodontitis-Associated Cardiovascular Diseases Using Convolutional Neural Network-facilitated
Multilabel Classification of Panoramic Radiographs. Proceedings In International Conference on Applied Artificial Intelligence, 2021, pp.
1-4, doi: 10.1109/ICAPAI49758.2021.9462069.

Ma KS, Tan J, Velarde Lopez AA. Sociodemographics, lifestyle determinants, and viral infections in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy in Taiwan: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2021 39:15_suppl, 10553-10553. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2021.39.15_suppl.10553 Journal of Clinical Oncology 39,
no. 15_suppl (May 20, 2021) 10553-10553

Ma KS, Velarde Lopez AA. Prognostic biomarkers for primary Sjögren's syndrome-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2021 39:15_suppl, e19563-e19563. DOI:
10.1200/JCO.2021.39.15_suppl.e19563 Journal of Clinical Oncology 39,
no. 15_suppl

Ma KS, Chiang CH, Velarde Lopez AA, Wang LT. Cohort Study of Periodontitis-associated Signaling Pathways In Myocardial Infarction Following Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Diseases. Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 2021, 154478, 116.

Ma KS, Van Dyke TE. OP0110 A Cohort Study On The Bidirectional Relationship Between Periodontitis And Osteoarthritis Over A 15-year Follow-up. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Jun 2021, 80 (Suppl 1) 61; DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.3852

Ma KS, Van Dyke TE. OP0088 A Cohort Study On The Bidirectional Relationship Between Fibromyalgia And Periodontitis Over A 15-year Follow-up. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Jun 2021, 80 (Suppl 1) 48; DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.3902

Ma KS. POS0791 Dose-dependent Relationship Between History of Dental
Caries And Increased Risk of Newly-onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Jun 2021, 80 (Suppl 1) 648; DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.3945

Ma KS, Wang LT. POS1329 A Cohort Study On The Risk of Developing Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Craniofacial Deformities In Patients With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Jun 2021, 80 (Suppl 1) 947; DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.3961

Ma KS, Wang LT. OP0237 Exposure To Environmental Air Pollutants As A Risk Factor For Primary Sjögren's Syndrome: A Population-based Cohort Study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Jun 2021, 80 (Suppl 1) 145; DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.3983

Ma KS and Wang LT. POS0402 Identifying Mechanisms Underlying the Association between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontitis Using in Silico Analysis of Canonical Pathways. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Jun 2021, 80 (Suppl 1) 430-431; DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.3998

Ma KS. Integrating travel history via big data analytics under universal healthcare framework for disease control and prevention in the COVID-19 pandemic. J Clin Epidemiol. 2021 Feb;130:147-148. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.08.016.

Ma KS, Chung WH, Hsueh YJ, Chen SY, Tokunaga K, Kinoshita S, Ma DHK, Ueta M. Human leucocyte antigen association of patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis with severe ocular complications in Han Chinese. Br J Ophthalmol. 2021 Jan 13:bjophthalmol-2020-317105. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-317105.

Chiang CH, Tang PU, Lee GH, Chiang TH, Chiang CH, Ma KS, Fang CT. Prevalence of Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections versus Tuberculosis among Autopsied HIV Patients in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Nov 23;104(2):628–33. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0973.

Wu MC, Ma KS, Wang YH, Wei JC. Impact of tonsillectomy on irritable bowel syndrome: A nationwide population-based cohort study. PLoS One. 2020 Sep 1;15(9):e0238242. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238242.

Ma KS, Tsai SY. Big Data-driven personal protective equipment stockpiling framework under Universal Healthcare for Disease Control and Prevention in the COVID-19 Era. Int J Surg. 2020 Jul;79:290-291. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2020.05.091.

Ma KS, Wei JC, Chung WH. Correspondence to 'Hypersensitivity reactions with allopurinol and febuxostat: a study using the Medicare claims data'. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 Jun 19:annrheumdis-2020-218090. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-218090.

Wu MC, Ma KS, Chen HH, Huang JY, Wei JC. Relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and psoriasis: a nationwide population-based longitudinal cohort study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jun 12;99(24):e20632. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000020632.

Kuo CF, Lio CF, Chen HT, Wang YT, Ma KS, Chou YT, Chang FC, Tsai SY. Discordance of vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentration for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at 2 μg/mL between Vitek II, E-test, and Broth Microdilution. PeerJ. 2020 May 11;8:e8963. doi: 10.7717/peerj.8963.


Last Updated: 27 January 2022