Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM

Professor, Epidemiology
Emelia Benjamin
(617) 638-8968emelia.benjamin@bmc.org


Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, received her AB at Harvard, her MD at Case Western Reserve University, and her Epidemiology ScM 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 650 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, vascular function, and systemic inflammation. She is multi-Principal Investigator on 2RO1 atrial fibrillation grants [2R01HL092577 & 1R01HL128914], and is the Center and Training Director on an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network on Atrial Fibrillation. She also is MPI on 2 mobile Health grants (1R01HL141434 and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Dr. Benjamin has conducted research at the Framingham Study since 1988. She is a Member of the Executive Committee, and is Co-Director of the Medical Endpoints Committee. She was 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. She co-designed and co-leads Faculty Development Programs for Early, Mid-Career, Under-Represented Ethnic and Racial, Women, and Clinical leaders. A committed mentor, she has won local and national awards for her mentoring of early career investigators. She also won the 2020 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. An active volunteer for the American Heart Association since 1992, she has served 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, and the annual Heart and Stroke Statistical Update. She received the 2015 Paul Dudley White Award, the 2016 AHA Gold Heart Award, the 2016 Population Research Prize, the 2019 Laennec Clinician/ Educator Lecturer, and the Genomics and Precision Medicine 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award. She Chairs of the Science and Clinical Education Lifelong Learning Committee.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Boston University Medical Campus
  • Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Primary Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Case Western Reserve University, MD
  • Harvard College, AB
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM


  • Published on 1/29/2020

    Virani SS, Alonso A, Benjamin EJ, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, Carson AP, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, Delling FN, Djousse L, Elkind MSV, Ferguson JF, Fornage M, Khan SS, Kissela BM, Knutson KL, Kwan TW, Lackland DT, Lewis TT, Lichtman JH, Longenecker CT, Loop MS, Lutsey PL, Martin SS, Matsushita K, Moran AE, Mussolino ME, Perak AM, Rosamond WD, Roth GA, Sampson UKA, Satou GM, Schroeder EB, Shah SH, Shay CM, Spartano NL, Stokes A, Tirschwell DL, VanWagner LB, Tsao CW. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2020 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2020 Jan 29; CIR0000000000000757. PMID: 31992061.

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  • Published on 1/26/2020

    Remein CD, Childs E, Pasco JC, Trinquart L, Flynn DB, Wingerter SL, Bhasin RM, Demers LB, Benjamin EJ. Content and outcomes of narrative medicine programmes: a systematic review of the literature through 2019. BMJ Open. 2020 Jan 26; 10(1):e031568. PMID: 31988222.

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  • Published on 1/15/2020

    Staerk L, Preis SR, Lin H, Lubitz SA, Ellinor PT, Levy D, Benjamin EJ, Trinquart L. Protein Biomarkers and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation: The Framingham Heart Study. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2020 Jan 15. PMID: 31941368.

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  • Published on 1/9/2020

    Kloosterman M, Santema BT, Roselli C, Nelson CP, Koekemoer A, Romaine SPR, Van Gelder IC, Lam CSP, Artola VA, Lang CC, Ng LL, Metra M, Anker S, Filippatos G, Dickstein K, Ponikowski P, van der Harst P, van der Meer P, van Veldhuisen DJ, Benjamin EJ, Voors AA, Samani NJ, Rienstra M. Genetic risk and atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure. Eur J Heart Fail. 2020 Jan 09. PMID: 31919934.

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  • Published on 12/28/2019

    Osei AD, Mirbolouk M, Orimoloye OA, Dzaye O, Uddin SMI, Benjamin EJ, Hall ME, DeFilippis AP, Bhatnagar A, Biswal SS, Blaha MJ. Association Between E-Cigarette Use and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease by Smoking Status: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2016 and 2017. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Dec 28. PMID: 31902685.

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  • Published on 12/26/2019

    Raffield LM, Iyengar AK, Wang B, Gaynor SM, Spracklen CN, Zhong X, Kowalski MH, Salimi S, Polfus LM, Benjamin EJ, Bis JC, Bowler R, Cade BE, Choi WJ, Comellas AP, Correa A, Cruz P, Doddapaneni H, Durda P, Gogarten SM, Jain D, Kim RW, Kral BG, Lange LA, Larson MG, Laurie C, Lee J, Lee S, Lewis JP, Metcalf GA, Mitchell BD, Momin Z, Muzny DM, Pankratz N, Park CJ, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Ryan K, Seo D, Tracy RP, Viaud-Martinez KA, Yanek LR, Zhao LP, Lin X, Li B, Li Y, Dupuis J, Reiner AP, Mohlke KL, Auer PL. Allelic Heterogeneity at the CRP Locus Identified by Whole-Genome Sequencing in Multi-ancestry Cohorts. Am J Hum Genet. 2020 Jan 02; 106(1):112-120. PMID: 31883642.

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  • Published on 12/5/2019

    Wang B, Lunetta KL, Dupuis J, Lubitz SA, Trinquart L, Yao L, Ellinor PT, Benjamin EJ, Lin H. Integrative Omics Approach to Identifying Genes Associated With Atrial Fibrillation. Circ Res. 2020 Jan 31; 126(3):350-360. PMID: 31801406.

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  • Published on 12/3/2019

    Volgman AS, Bairey Merz CN, Benjamin EJ, Curtis AB, Fang MC, Lindley KJ, Pepine CJ, Vaseghi M, Waldo AL, Wenger NK, Russo AM. Sex and Race/Ethnicity Differences in Atrial Fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Dec 03; 74(22):2812-2815. PMID: 31779796.

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  • Published on 12/2/2019

    Obisesan OH, Mirbolouk M, Osei AD, Orimoloye OA, Uddin SMI, Dzaye O, El Shahawy O, Al Rifai M, Bhatnagar A, Stokes A, Benjamin EJ, DeFilippis AP, Blaha MJ. Association Between e-Cigarette Use and Depression in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016-2017. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Dec 02; 2(12):e1916800. PMID: 31800073.

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  • Published on 11/20/2019

    Al-Khatib SM, Benjamin EJ, Buxton AE, Calkins H, Chung MK, Curtis AB, Desvigne-Nickens P, Jais P, Packer DL, Piccini JP, Rosenberg Y, Russo AM, Wang PJ, Cooper LS, Go AS. Research Needs and Priorities for Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Report from a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Virtual Workshop. Circulation. 2019 Nov 20. PMID: 31744331.

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