Vanessa Xanthakis, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Vanessa Xanthakis
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Dr. Vanessa Xanthakis is a biostatistician with training in applied mathematics and statistics, and has a strong commitment to clinical epidemiological research. Presently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and in the Biostatistics Department at Boston University School of Public Health. She is an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study and serves as the biostatistician on several investigations. She also serves as the Program Director for the Boston University T32 Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and the Promotion of Research In MEdical Residency (R38) program. She is the Director of Research Training for the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. For the last 12 years, Dr. Xanthakis has focused her research on:

A) the epidemiology of cardiac remodeling and subclinical disease, including identifying cardiovascular disease risk factors;

B) population-based vascular testing and echocardiography, including identifying biological, environmental, and genetic determinants (correlates) of cardiac structure and function;

C) epidemiology of novel biomarkers including but not limited to natriuretic peptides, adipokines, and vascular growth factors;

D) cardiovascular risk prediction using biomarkers and assessing their incremental prognostic utility (focus of her PhD thesis);

E) epidemiology of heart failure and its precursors; and

F) ideal cardiovascular health and its impact on cardiovascular disease and its precursors.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • University of Athens, MS
  • University of Athens, BS


  • Published on 3/12/2022

    Oelsner EC, Krishnaswamy A, Balte PP, Allen NB, Ali T, Anugu P, Andrews H, Arora K, Asaro A, Barr RG, Bertoni AG, Bon J, Boyle R, Chang AA, Chen G, Coady S, Cole SA, Coresh J, Cornell E, Correa A, Couper D, Cushman M, Demmer RT, Elkind MSV, Folsom AR, Fretts AM, Gabriel KP, Gallo L, Gutierrez J, Han MLK, Henderson JM, Howard VJ, Isasi CR, Jacobs DR, Judd SE, Mukaz DK, Kanaya AM, Kandula NR, Kaplan R, Kinney GL, Kucharska-Newton A, Lee JS, Lewis CE, Levine DA, Levitan EB, Levy B, Make B, Malloy K, Manly JJ, Mendoza-Puccini C, Meyer KA, Min YI, Moll M, Moore WC, Mauger D, Ortega VE, Palta P, Parker MM, Phipatanakul W, Post WS, Postow L, Psaty BM, Regan EA, Ring K, Roger VL, Rotter JI, Rundek T, Sacco RL, Schembri M, Schwartz DA, Seshadri S, Shikany JM, Sims M, Hinckley Stukovsky KD, Talavera GA, Tracy RP, Umans JG, Vasan RS, Watson K, Wenzel SE, Winters K, Woodruff PG, Xanthakis V, Zhang Y, Zhang Y, C R Investigators FT. Collaborative Cohort of Cohorts for COVID-19 Research (C4R) Study: Study Design. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 12. PMID: 35279711.

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  • Published on 3/9/2022

    Bourdillon MT, Song RJ, Musa Yola I, Xanthakis V, Vasan RS. Prevalence, Predictors, Progression, and Prognosis of Hypertension Subtypes in the Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2022 03 15; 11(6):e024202. PMID: 35261291.

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  • Published on 2/16/2022

    Vasan RS, Pan S, Xanthakis V, Beiser A, Larson MG, Seshadri S, Mitchell GF. Arterial Stiffness and Long-Term Risk of Health Outcomes: The Framingham Heart Study. Hypertension. 2022 May; 79(5):1045-1056. PMID: 35168368.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Lieb W, de Oliveira CM, Pan S, Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Weber KS, Vasan RS, Xanthakis V. Clinical correlates of plasma insulin levels over the life course and association with incident type 2 diabetes: the Framingham Heart Study. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2022 02; 10(1). PMID: 35190401.

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  • Published on 1/25/2022

    Vasan RS, Enserro DM, Beiser AS, Xanthakis V. Lifetime Risk of Heart Failure Among Participants in the Framingham Study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022 01 25; 79(3):250-263. PMID: 35057911.

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  • Published on 12/17/2021

    Walker RL, Vlamakis H, Lee JWJ, Besse LA, Xanthakis V, Vasan RS, Shaw SY, Xavier RJ. Population study of the gut microbiome: associations with diet, lifestyle, and cardiometabolic disease. Genome Med. 2021 12 17; 13(1):188. PMID: 34915914.

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  • Published on 12/6/2021

    Vasan RS, Song RJ, Xanthakis V, Beiser A, DeCarli C, Mitchell GF, Seshadri S. Hypertension-Mediated Organ Damage: Prevalence, Correlates, and Prognosis in the Community. Hypertension. 2022 03; 79(3):505-515. PMID: 35138872.

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  • Published on 11/13/2021

    Yiannakou I, Singer MR, Jacques PF, Xanthakis V, Ellison RC, Moore LL. Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Dietary Pattern and Cancer Risk in a Prospective Cohort Study. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 13; 13(11). PMID: 34836319.

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  • Published on 10/4/2021

    Vasan RS, Pan S, Larson MG, Mitchell GF, Xanthakis V. Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, and Cardiovascular Health: Joint Relations to the Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease. Hypertension. 2021 11; 78(5):1232-1240. PMID: 34601961.

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  • Published on 10/4/2021

    Vasan RS, Song RJ, Xanthakis V, Mitchell GF. Aortic Root Diameter and Arterial Stiffness: Conjoint Relations to the Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease in the Framingham Heart Study. Hypertension. 2021 11; 78(5):1278-1286. PMID: 34601969.

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