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 7/2/2024

    Ong CJ, Huang Q, Kim ISY, Pohlmann J, Chatzidakis S, Brush B, Zhang Y, Du Y, Malinger LA, Benjamin EJ, Dupuis J, Greer DM, Smirnakis SM, Trinquart L. Association of Dynamic Trajectories of Time-Series Data and Life-Threatening Mass Effect in Large Middle Cerebral Artery Stroke. Neurocrit Care. 2024 Jul 02. PMID: 38955931.

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  • Published on 6/13/2024

    Zhang Y, Wang X, Pathiravasan CH, Spartano NL, Lin H, Borrelli B, Benjamin EJ, McManus DD, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Shah RV, Lewis GD, Liu C, Murabito JM, Nayor M. Association of Smartwatch-Based Heart Rate and Physical Activity With Cardiorespiratory Fitness Measures in the Community: Cohort Study. J Med Internet Res. 2024 Jun 13; 26:e56676. PMID: 38870519.

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  • Published on 6/11/2024

    Neumann JT, Twerenbold R, Weimann J, Ballantyne CM, Benjamin EJ, Costanzo S, de Lemos JA, deFilippi CR, Di Castelnuovo A, Donfrancesco C, Dörr M, Eggers KM, Engström G, Felix SB, Ferrario MM, Gansevoort RT, Giampaoli S, Giedraitis V, Hedberg P, Iacoviello L, Jørgensen T, Kee F, Koenig W, Kuulasmaa K, Lewis JR, Lorenz T, Lyngbakken MN, Magnussen C, Melander O, Nauck M, Niiranen TJ, Nilsson PM, Olsen MH, Omland T, Oskarsson V, Palmieri L, Peters A, Prince RL, Qaderi V, Vasan RS, Salomaa V, Sans S, Smith JG, Söderberg S, Thorand B, Tonkin AM, Tunstall-Pedoe H, Veronesi G, Watanabe T, Watanabe M, Zeiher AM, Zeller T, Blankenberg S, Ojeda F. Prognostic Value of Cardiovascular Biomarkers in the Population. JAMA. 2024 Jun 11; 331(22):1898-1909. PMID: 38739396.

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  • Published on 6/6/2024

    Lau ES, Zhao Y, Benjamin EJ, Ramachandran VS, Xanthakis V, Cheng S, Ho JE. Sex Differences in Left Ventricular Function and Cardiac Mechanics. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Jun 18; 13(12):e035781. PMID: 38842280.

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  • Published on 5/23/2024

    Frederiksen TC, Benjamin EJ, Trinquart L, Lin H, Dahm CC, Christiansen MK, Jensen HK, Preis SR, Kornej J. Bidirectional Association Between Atrial Fibrillation and Myocardial Infarction, and Relation to Mortality in the Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Jun 04; 13(11):e032226. PMID: 38780172.

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  • Published on 5/16/2024

    Cooper LL, Prescott BR, Xanthakis V, Benjamin EJ, Vasan RS, Hamburg NM, Long MT, Mitchell GF. Association of Aortic Stiffness and Pressure Pulsatility With Noninvasive Estimates of Hepatic Steatosis and Fibrosis: The Framingham Heart Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2024 Jul; 44(7):1704-1715. PMID: 38752348.

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  • Published on 5/15/2024

    Jiang MZ, Gaynor SM, Li X, Van Buren E, Stilp A, Buth E, Wang FF, Manansala R, Gogarten SM, Li Z, Polfus LM, Salimi S, Bis JC, Pankratz N, Yanek LR, Durda P, Tracy RP, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Mitchell BD, Lewis JP, Psaty BM, Pratte KA, Silverman EK, Kaplan RC, Avery C, North KE, Mathias RA, Faraday N, Lin H, Wang B, Carson AP, Norwood AF, Gibbs RA, Kooperberg C, Lundin J, Peters U, Dupuis J, Hou L, Fornage M, Benjamin EJ, Reiner AP, Bowler RP, Lin X, Auer PL, Raffield LM. Whole genome sequencing based analysis of inflammation biomarkers in the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) consortium. Hum Mol Genet. 2024 May 15. PMID: 38747556.

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  • Published on 5/14/2024

    Wu J, Benjamin EJ, Ross JC, Fetterman JL, Hong T. Health Messaging Strategies for Vaping Prevention and Cessation Among Youth and Young Adults: A Systematic Review. Health Commun. 2024 May 14; 1-19. PMID: 38742648.

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  • Published on 5/1/2024

    Pohlmann JE, Kim ISY, Brush B, Sambhu KM, Conti L, Saglam H, Milos K, Yu L, Cronin MFM, Balogun O, Chatzidakis S, Zhang Y, Trinquart L, Huang Q, Smirnakis SM, Benjamin EJ, Dupuis J, Greer DM, Ong CJ. Association of large core middle cerebral artery stroke and hemorrhagic transformation with hospitalization outcomes. Sci Rep. 2024 May 01; 14(1):10008. PMID: 38693282.

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  • 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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