Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM

Associate Provost for Faculty Development

Emelia Benjamin
Framingham Heart Study 73 Mt Wayte Ave


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 cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is a Robert Dawson Evans Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine.

She is author of over 800 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, vascular function, and systemic inflammation. She has been continuously NIH funded since 1998, and currently is multi-Principal Investigator on an R01 atrial fibrillation grant [2R01HL092577], several chronic pain grants, and is the Training Director on the Boston University American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network on Cardio-Oncology. She is an internationally recognized expert on the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation. Dr. Benjamin has Co-Chaired the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes’ (NHLBI) Atrial Fibrillation Working Group, which advised the NHLBI’s atrial fibrillation research agenda, and resulted in 6 publications.

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 the inaugural Associate Provost for Faculty Development for Boston University Medical Campus, and the inaugural 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. In 2023 she completed the Columbia University Advanced Coaching Certification.

A passionate and dedicated mentor, she has won local and national awards for mentoring, education, and research. She was inducted into the Association of American Physicians and she 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, and the 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • 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 School of Public Health, ScM


  • Published on 4/25/2024

    Vinter N, Cordsen P, Johnsen SP, Benjamin EJ, Frost L, Trinquart L. Birth cohort effects on diagnosed atrial fibrillation incidence: nationwide cohort study from 1980 to 2018. Heart. 2024 Apr 25; 110(10):694-701. PMID: 38471730.

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  • Published on 4/15/2024

    Frederiksen TC, Christiansen MK, Benjamin EJ, Overvad K, Olsen A, Andersen MK, Hansen T, Grarup N, Jensen HK, Dahm CC. Interaction of genetic risk and lifestyle on the incidence of atrial fibrillation. Heart. 2024 Apr 15; 110(9):644-649. PMID: 38016806.

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  • Published on 4/11/2024

    Wass SY, Hahad O, Asad Z, Li S, Chung MK, Benjamin EJ, Nasir K, Rajagopalan S, Al-Kindi SG. Environmental Exposome and Atrial Fibrillation: Emerging Evidence and Future Directions. Circ Res. 2024 Apr 12; 134(8):1029-1045. PMID: 38603473.

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  • Published on 4/8/2024

    Wang X, Zhang Y, Pathiravasan CH, Ukonu NC, Rong J, Benjamin EJ, McManus DD, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Hamburg NM, Murabito JM, Liu C, Mitchell GF. Association of Arterial Stiffness With Mid- to Long-Term Home Blood Pressure Variability in the Electronic Framingham Heart Study: Cohort Study. JMIR Cardio. 2024 Apr 08; 8:e54801. PMID: 38587880.

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  • Published on 4/3/2024

    Lundin JI, Peters U, Hu Y, Ammous F, Avery CL, Benjamin EJ, Bis JC, Brody JA, Carlson C, Cushman M, Gignoux C, Guo X, Haessler J, Haiman C, Joehanes R, Kasela S, Kenny E, Lapalainien T, Levy D, Liu C, Liu Y, Loos RJF, Lu A, Matise T, North KE, Park SL, Ratliff SM, Reiner A, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Smith JA, Sotoodehnia N, Tracy R, Van den Berg D, Xu H, Ye T, Zhao W, Raffield LM, Kooperberg C. Methylation patterns associated with C-reactive protein in racially and ethnically diverse populations. Epigenetics. 2024 Dec; 19(1):2333668. PMID: 38571307.

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  • Published on 3/28/2024

    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. PMID: 38552720.

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  • Published on 3/15/2024

    Abe TA, Olanipekun T, Yan F, Effoe V, Udongwo N, Oshunbade A, Thomas V, Onuorah I, Terry JG, Yimer WK, Ghali JK, Correa A, Onwuanyi A, Michos ED, Benjamin EJ, Echols M. Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Improved Stroke Risk Assessment in Hypertensive Black Adults. Am J Hypertens. 2024 Mar 15; 37(4):290-297. PMID: 38236147.

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  • Published on 2/28/2024

    Ranker LR, Wu J, Hong T, Wijaya D, Benjamin EJ, Bhatnagar A, Robertson RM, Fetterman JL, Xuan Z. Social media use, brand engagement, and tobacco product initiation among youth: Evidence from a prospective cohort study. Addict Behav. 2024 Jul; 154:108000. PMID: 38461745.

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  • Published on 1/25/2024

    Frederiksen TC, Christiansen MK, Benjamin EJ, Overvad K, Olsen A, Dahm CC, Jensen HK. Five-year changes in weight and risk of atrial fibrillation in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Cohort. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2024 Jan 25; 31(2):244-249. PMID: 37708406.

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  • Published on 1/10/2024

    Ko D, Treu TM, Tarko L, Ho YL, Preis SR, Trinquart L, Gagnon DR, Monahan KM, Helm RH, Orkaby AR, Lubitz SA, Bosch NA, Walkey AJ, Cho K, Wilson PWF, Benjamin EJ. Incidence and prognostic significance of newly-diagnosed atrial fibrillation among older U.S. veterans hospitalized with COVID-19. Sci Rep. 2024 Jan 10; 14(1):952. PMID: 38200186.

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