Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, received her undergraduate degree at Harvard, her MD at Case Western Reserve University, and her Master's in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University and is a clinical cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is author of over 500 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, echocardiographic findings, vascular function and systemic inflammation. She is multi-Principal Investigator on 2RO1 grants [2R01HL092577 & 1R01HL128914]. Her grants examine the epidemiology, outcomes, and genetics of atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Benjamin has conducted research at the Framingham Study since 1988, and has served as Director of the Echocardiography and Vascular Function Laboratories and is a Member of the Executive Committee. She is Principal Investigator of the grant that recruited the second generation of the Framingham Study's ethnic/racial minority cohort, the Omni Study.

In addition to her research, she is Assistant Provost for Faculty Development for Boston University Medical Campus, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity, BU Department of Medicine. A committed mentor, she has won local and national awards for her mentoring of early career investigators.

She has volunteered for the American Heart Association since 1992, serving on a variety of local and national Committees. She is Past-Chair of the American Heart Association’s Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council and Study Section. She currently Chairs the American Heart Associations' Epidemiology and Statistics Committee. Dr. Benjamin is a past Associate Editor for Circulation, past chartered member of the NIH Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section.

Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology


Director, Echocardiography/Vascular Laboratory
Framingham Heart Study



2016 American Heart Association: Gold Heart Award
2015 American Heart Association: Paul Dudley White Award


Jackson Heart Study Renewal - Field Center
08/16/2013 - 08/12/2018 (PI)
University of Mississippi Medical Center NIH NHLBI


American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) - Core D: Research Training and Education Core
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
American Heart Association NIH NHLBI
4P50HL120163-04

AFGen Consortium: Atrial Fibrillation Genomics to Functional Analyses
08/01/2015 - 05/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst
5R01HL128914-02

Genomics of Cardiac Electrical Activity and Arrhythmias
09/04/2013 - 05/31/2018 (PI)
University of Washington NIH NHLBI
4R01HL116747-04

Adiposity, Inflammation and Neurocognitive Decline in African Americans
06/15/2014 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
University of Mississippi Medical Center NIH NIA
5R01AG045255-03

Identification of Common Genetic Variants for Atrial Fibrillation and PR Interval
04/15/2013 - 03/31/2018 (Co-PI)
PI: Kathryn L Lunetta, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NHLBI
5R01HL092577-09

American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) - Core D: Research Training and Education Core
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
American Heart Association NIH NHLBI
5P50HL120163-03

Mechanistic relationships between ethanol & Human atrial fibrilation
04/15/2014 - 03/31/2017 (PI)
The Regents of the University of Califor NIH NIAAA
5R01AA022222-03

Alfred P. Sloan Faculty Career Flexibility Award
12/01/2012 - 12/31/2015 (PI)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Patterns of Health Care Use, Treatment & Outcomes PATH-AF
05/01/2010 - 04/30/2014 (PI)
Duke University NIH NHLBI
5R01HL102214-03

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2017 Identification of Common Genetic Variants for Atrial Fibrillation and PR Interval 5R01HL092577-09 125
2017 Research Training and Education Core (Core D) 5P50HL120163-05-8150 12
2016 AFGen Consortium: Atrial Fibrillation Genomics to Functional Analyses 5R01HL128914-02 15
2016 Identification of Common Genetic Variants for Atrial Fibrillation and PR Interval 4R01HL092577-08 125
2016 Research Training and Education Core (Core D) 4P50HL120163-04-8150 12
2015 AFGen Consortium: Atrial Fibrillation Genomics to Functional Analyses 1R01HL128914-01 15
2015 Identification of Common Genetic Variants for Atrial Fibrillation and PR Interval 5R01HL092577-07 125
2015 Research Training and Education Core (Core D) 5P50HL120163-03-8150 12
2014 Identification of Common Genetic Variants for Atrial Fibrillation and PR Interval 5R01HL092577-06 125
2014 Research Training and Education Core (Core D) 5P50HL120163-02-8150 12
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  1. Staerk L, Wang B, Lunetta KL, Helm RH, Ko D, Sherer JA, Ellinor PT, Lubitz SA, McManus DD, Vasan RS, Benjamin EJ, Trinquart L. Association Between Leukocyte Telomere Length and the Risk of Incident Atrial Fibrillation: The Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Nov 14; 6(11).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29138179.
  2. Weng LC, Preis SR, Hulme OL, Larson MG, Choi SH, Wang B, Trinquart L, McManus DD, Staerk L, Lin H, Lunetta KL, Ellinor PT, Benjamin EJ, Lubitz SA. Genetic Predisposition, Clinical Risk Factor Burden, and Lifetime Risk of Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation. 2017 Nov 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29129827.
  3. Lin H, Lunetta KL, Zhao Q, Rong J, Benjamin EJ, Mendelson MM, Joehanes R, Levy D, Larson MG, Murabito JM. Transcriptome-wide association study of inflammatory biologic age. Aging (Albany NY). 2017 Nov 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29135455; DOI: 10.18632/aging.101321;.
  4. Shah RV, Yeri AS, Murthy VL, Massaro JM, D''Agostino R, Freedman JE, Long MT, Fox CS, Das S, Benjamin EJ, Vasan RS, O''Donnell CJ, Hoffmann U. Association of Multiorgan Computed Tomographic Phenomap With Adverse Cardiovascular Health Outcomes: The Framingham Heart Study. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Nov 01; 2(11):1236-1246.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28975197.
  5. Patel MS, Benjamin EJ, Volpp KG, Fox CS, Small DS, Massaro JM, Lee JJ, Hilbert V, Valentino M, Taylor DH, Manders ES, Mutalik K, Zhu J, Wang W, Murabito JM. Effect of a Game-Based Intervention Designed to Enhance Social Incentives to Increase Physical Activity Among Families: The BE FIT Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Nov 01; 177(11):1586-1593.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28973115.
  6. Lee JJ, Pedley A, Hoffmann U, Massaro JM, O''Donnell CJ, Benjamin EJ, Long MT. Longitudinal Associations of Pericardial and Intrathoracic Fat With Progression of Coronary Artery Calcium (from the Framingham Heart Study). Am J Cardiol. 2017 Oct 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29146023.
  7. Fetterman JL, Liu C, Mitchell GF, Ramachandran VS, Benjamin EJ, Vita JA, Hamburg NM, Levy D. Relations of mitochondrial genetic variants to measures of vascular function. Mitochondrion. 2017 Oct 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28993255.
  8. Delling FN, Li X, Li S, Yang Q, Xanthakis V, Martinsson A, Andell P, Lehman BT, Osypiuk EW, Stantchev P, Zöller B, Benjamin EJ, Sundquist K, Vasan RS, Smith JG. Heritability of Mitral Regurgitation: Observations From the Framingham Heart Study and Swedish Population. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Oct; 10(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 28993406.
  9. Willinger CM, Rong J, Tanriverdi K, Courchesne PL, Huan T, Wasserman GA, Lin H, Dupuis J, Joehanes R, Jones MR, Chen G, Benjamin EJ, O''Connor GT, Mizgerd JP, Freedman JE, Larson MG, Levy D. MicroRNA Signature of Cigarette Smoking and Evidence for a Putative Causal Role of MicroRNAs in Smoking-Related Inflammation and Target Organ Damage. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Oct; 10(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29030400.
  10. Tucker NR, Dolmatova EV, Lin H, Cooper RR, Ye J, Hucker WJ, Jameson HS, Parsons VA, Weng LC, Mills RW, Sinner MF, Imakaev M, Leyton-Mange J, Vlahakes G, Benjamin EJ, Lunetta KL, Lubitz SA, Mirny L, Milan DJ, Ellinor PT. Diminished PRRX1 Expression Is Associated With Increased Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Shortening of the Cardiac Action Potential. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Oct; 10(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 28974514.
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 612 publications over 26 distinct years, with a maximum of 63 publications in 2016

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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Atrial fibrillation
Genetic epidemiology
Inflammation
Vascular Function

       I am Assistant Provost for Faculty Development at Boston University Medical Campus, Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine, and co-PI of the Framingham Heart Study. I co-designed and co-lead the BUMC early career, the mid-career, and the underrepresented-minority longitudinal faculty development programs. I have also served as a facilitator for the newly launched CTSI “Training the Mentor Program”. The Boston University Faculty Practice Foundation is forming a women’s leadership task force. We will initiate a longitudinal mid- and senior- women’s longitudinal leadership program in 2016.
       My research expertise is the epidemiology, prognosis, and genomics of atrial fibrillation. I have successfully mentored 36 trainees and early career faculty members on research projects and dozens of faculty members from around the country on their careers. I received the 2011 BU Department of Medicine’s Excellence in Research Mentoring Award, the 2012 American Heart Association’s (AHA) Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award, and the 2013 AHA Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council Mentoring Award.
       I have a fundamental commitment to faculty development and mentoring majority and underrepresented minority early, mid, and established investigators in epidemiology and academic medicine. In mentoring I view my role as facilitating individuals’ personal and professional growth/advancement in a manner that is aligned with their values and goals.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Career Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')
  • Assistant
         Name: Jane Foley (contact regarding research topics)
         Email: Jane.Foley@bmc.org


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