Andrew C. Stokes, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Bates College

Andrew C. Stokes, PhD is a demographer and sociologist with expertise in population health, aging, and mortality. Through his research and dissemination efforts, he strives to reveal the social and structural factors that influence health across the life course, inform public health policies that center health equity, and contribute to evidence-based reforms of public health and health care systems. His research portfolio includes research on (1) the determinants of long-term mortality and life expectancy trends, (2) international comparisons of health and mortality, (3) chronic disease, pain, and disability across the life course, and (4) the non-communicable disease burden and management in low- and middle-income countries. His methodological interests include spatial-temporal analysis, quasi-experimental methods, and demographic and computational modeling. Founded in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, he created and leads a project focused on quantifying uncounted Covid-19 deaths in local communities across the United States. Through peer-reviewed research, media collaborations, and public data dashboards, the project seeks to reveal the hidden death toll of the pandemic and inform public health policies to improve pandemic preparedness and response. Dr. Stokes received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College, M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his doctoral studies, he completed post-bachelor fellowships at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health in Cambridge, MA, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, WA.

Associate Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Affiliate
Boston University
Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

Faculty Affiliate
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Innovation in Social Science

Investigating how glucagon-like peptide-1 inhibitors are changing obesity care in the U.S. and the impact on diverse populations
11/15/2023 - 11/14/2026 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Real-World Outcomes Research in Obesity: Evidence from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink
07/24/2020 - 12/31/2025 (PI)
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc.

Racial/Ethnic Inequities, Data Integrity, and the Hidden Deaths of the COVID-19 Pandemic
05/01/2022 - 10/31/2025 (PI)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Novel Methods for Evaluating the Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Cardiovascular Health
08/01/2020 - 06/30/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Long term trends and drivers of US mortality: Evidence from linked survey and administrative data
11/01/2023 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Mortality and Morbidity Impact of COVID-19 Beyond the Acute Pandemic Phase-Lessons for Future Pandemics
02/05/2024 - 12/31/2024 (PI)
Society of Actuaries Research Institute

Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Respiratory Health
07/01/2020 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
American Lung Association

Assessing the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on UK Morbidity and Mortality
10/01/2020 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Developing innovative ways to quantify COVID-19's total mortality burden and assessing the uneven socioeconomic and racial/ethnic impacts
05/01/2020 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Causes of Geographic Divergence in American Mortality Between 1990 and 2015: Health Behaviors, Health Care Access and Migration
08/25/2021 - 03/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania NIH NIA

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  1. Paglino E, Stokes AC. Excess Mortality as a Tool to Monitor the Evolution of Health Emergencies: Choices, Challenges, and Future Directions. Am J Public Health. 2024 Jun; 114(6):583-586. PMID: 38603664
  2. Xie W, Berlowitz JB, Raquib R, Harlow AF, Benjamin EJ, Bhatnagar A, Stokes AC. Association of cigarette and electronic cigarette use patterns with all-cause mortality: A national cohort study of 145,390 US adults. Prev Med. 2024 May; 182:107943.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38552720; PMCID: PMC11039355; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2024.107943;
  3. Xie W, Hsu HE, Shafer PR, Podolsky MI, Stokes AC. Metabolic Disease and The Risk of Post-COVID Conditions: A Retrospective Cohort Study. medRxiv. 2024 Mar 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38585713; PMCID: PMC10996723; DOI: 10.1101/2024.03.26.24304845;
  4. Berry KM, Stokes AC, Morris KJ, Raquib RV, Wrigley-Field E. Disparities in All-Cause Mortality Beyond the Acute Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e2356869. PMID: 38376845; PMCID: PMC10879948; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.56869;
  5. Paglino E, Lundberg DJ, Wrigley-Field E, Zhou Z, Wasserman JA, Raquib R, Chen YH, Hempstead K, Preston SH, Elo IT, Glymour MM, Stokes AC. Excess natural-cause mortality in US counties and its association with reported COVID-19 deaths. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2024 Feb 06; 121(6):e2313661121.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38300867; PMCID: PMC10861891; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2313661121;
  6. Behrooz L, Xie W, Goghari A, Robertson R, Bhatnagar A, Stokes A, Hamburg NM. Electronic cigarette use and chest pain in US adults: Evidence from the PATH study. Tob Induc Dis. 2024; 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38250630; PMCID: PMC10798225; DOI: 10.18332/tid/175732;
  7. Brennan AT, Lauren E, Bor J, George JA, Chetty K, Mlisana K, Dai A, Khoza S, Rosen S, Stokes AC, Raal F, Hibberd P, Alexanian SM, Fox MP, Crowther NJ. Gaps in the type 2 diabetes care cascade: a national perspective using South Africa's National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) database. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec 21; 23(1):1452.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38129852; PMCID: PMC10740239; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-10318-9;
  8. Wills TA, Xie W, Stokes AC. Issues for Studies on E-cigarettes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Dec; 65(6):1196-1197. PMID: 37981346; PMCID: PMC11132641; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2023.09.009;
  9. Erhabor J, Boakye E, Obisesan O, Osei AD, Tasdighi E, Mirbolouk H, DeFilippis AP, Stokes AC, Hirsch GA, Benjamin EJ, Rodriguez CJ, El Shahawy O, Robertson RM, Bhatnagar A, Blaha MJ. E-Cigarette Use Among US Adults in the 2021 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Nov 01; 6(11):e2340859.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37921768; PMCID: PMC10625038; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.40859;
  10. Benade M, Mchiza Z, Raquib RV, Prasad SK, Yan LD, Brennan AT, Davies J, Sudharsanan N, Manne-Goehler J, Fox MP, Bor J, Rosen SB, Stokes AC. Health systems performance for hypertension control using a cascade of care approach in South Africa, 2011-2017. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(9):e0002055.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37676845; PMCID: PMC10484448; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0002055;
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Covid death toll in US likely 16% higher than official tally, study says

The Guardian 2/21/2024

Hidden death toll of COVID-19 pandemic revealed 2/6/2024

Bariatric Surgery at 16

New York Times 10/31/2023

Two Kennedys on covid

The Washington Post 7/31/2023

'Excess deaths' tied to COVID have plummeted in America — what does that mean?

Live Science 7/26/2023

In 2021, excess deaths rose in rural America

Futurity 7/19/2023

Rural Mortality Rose during Year Two of Pandemic, despite Vaccines, New Study Finds

BU Today 7/11/2023

Covid is still a leading cause of death as the virus recedes

The Washington Post 4/16/2023

U.S. Life Expectancy Declined Nearly a Year in 2021, Deepening Historic Slide

TIME 8/31/2022

Low vaccine booster rates are now a key factor in COVID-19 deaths – and racial disparities in booster rates persist

The Conversation 8/30/2022

‘Hidden’ COVID fatalities show US death investigations need reform

The Hill 7/25/2022

Congress is working on legislation to address children's mental health crisis

The Washington Post 6/1/2022

During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People

The New York Times 5/31/2022

Death certificates reveal that US hit grim COVID milestone

Associated Press 5/16/2022

Official numbers may miss 20% of COVID deaths

Futurity 5/16/2022

COVID-19 Death Toll Could Be 20 Percent Higher than Official Tally

BU Today 5/13/2022

What One Million COVID Dead Mean for the U.S.’s Future

Scientific American 3/29/2022

Uncovering COVID-19’s Hidden Deaths in the US

BU Today 1/14/2022

Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: Study

MedicineNet 1/4/2022

Uncounted: Inaccurate death certificates across the country hide the true toll of COVID-19

USA Today 12/26/2021

Vaping Associated With Over 2x The Erectile Dysfunction Risk, Study Says

Forbes 12/11/2021

The US is undercounting COVID deaths, researchers say. Now they have a tool to figure out why.

USA Today 12/9/2021

Can Vaping Help You Quit Smoking?

BU Today 11/16/2021

COVID deaths severely undercounted among communities of color, new study finds

Salon 9/27/2021

Inaccurate reporting conceals COVID-19's impact on vulnerable populations

Medical News Today 9/17/2021

The Pandemic’s Hidden Toll Is Revealed in Excess Death Counts

Scientific American 9/1/2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic’s True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate

Scientific American 6/4/2021

Excess Deaths Reveal the Pandemic’s Hidden Toll in Some U.S. Counties

Scientific American 6/2/2021

Florida Governor to Ban ‘Vaccine Passports’

WebMD 3/30/2021

Republicans’ serious health problem — opposing the vaccines

Salon 3/21/2021

Covid-19 news: 1.4m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine unused in Germany

NewScientist 3/3/2021

Is Pro-Trump Bias Leading Some US Counties to Low Ball Covid-19 deaths?

BU Today 2/20/2021

CDC: COVID-19 causes historic tumble of life expectancy

Boston 25 News 2/18/2021

Undercounting of Covid-19 deaths is greatest in pro-Trump areas, analysis shows

STAT 1/25/2021

Smokers who occasionally vape are just as likely to suffer from heart and lung damage as those who only smoke cigarettes, study finds

Daily Mail 1/4/2021

Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: Study

U.S. News & World Report 1/4/2021

Vaping combined with smoking is likely as harmful as smoking cigarettes alone

Medical Xpress 1/4/2021

Vaping Increases Risk Of Lung Disease By More Than 40%

UNILAD 12/2/2020

Vaping May Up Your Risk of Lung Disease by Over 40%

Futurity 11/30/2020

More Evidence That Vaping Ups Lung Disease Risk

US News 11/14/2020

Coming Out As Bisexual Linked To Smoking Risk

Futurity 11/9/2020

Trump’s latest defense on Covid-19 is a false attack on health care workers

Vox 11/1/2020

Pandemic Death Toll Is Far Higher Than 200,000 In The US

Futurity 10/8/2020

Analysis Finds True US Pandemic Death Toll Is Much Higher Than 200,000

The Brink 10/8/2020

US coronavirus death toll may be undercounted by as much as 36%: Study of 'excess deaths' finds there may be another 75,000 unconfirmed COVID-19 fatalities

Daily Mail 10/5/2020

Shed the middle-age spread! Losing weight before you hit 40 can more than HALVE the risk of a premature death, study suggests

Daily Mail 8/17/2020

Over 25% Arthritis Cases In US Attributed To Excess Body Weight, Warns Study

International Business Times 8/5/2020

New Studies Link Opioid Prescriptions to Obesity

Pharmacy Times 4/10/2020

Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Obesity

Psyche Central 4/7/2020

JUUL use more than doubled among U.S. teens, young adults in one year

National Post 1/21/2020

Health Risks of NSAIDs Led to 'Significant Under-Treatment of Pain'

Pain News Network 12/12/2019

Obesity-related pain contributes to opioid use

Reuters 6/18/2019

Vaping teens exposed to as much nicotine as tobacco smokers but don't know it

NBC News 4/22/2019

Teen E-Cigarette Use Linked To Eventual Smoking

Reuters 2/1/2019

Teens Who Vape Are More Likely To Smoke Cigarettes Later

The Verge 2/1/2019

Vaping May Pose Big Risk for Smoking in Otherwise 'Low-Risk' Kids

HealthDay News 2/1/2019
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