Pantel S. Vokonas MD

Voluntary Professor, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology

150 S Huntington Avenue | (617) 638-5300
Pantel Vokonas

Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology


Framingham Heart Study


Pantel S. Vokonas, MD is a Professor of Preventine Medicine & Epidemiology at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Vokonas graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and has been in practice for over fifty years. In addition, he is currently affiliated with the VA Boston Healthcare System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


Medicine, MD, Ohio State University, 1964

BA, Ohio State University, 1961


Published on 4/19/2023

Danesh Yazdi M, Nassan FL, Kosheleva A, Wang C, Xu Z, Di Q, Requia WJ, Comfort NT, Wu H, Laurent LC, DeHoff P, Vokonas P, Baccarelli AA, Schwartz JD. Intermediate and long-term exposure to air pollution and temperature and the extracellular microRNA profile of participants in the normative aging study (NAS). Environ Res. 2023 Jul 15; 229:115949. PMID: 37084943.

Published on 1/10/2023

Danesh Yazdi M, Nassan FL, Kosheleva A, Wang C, Xu Z, Di Q, Requia WJ, Comfort NT, Wu H, Laurent LC, DeHoff P, Vokonas P, Baccarelli AA, Schwartz JD. Short-term air pollution and temperature exposure and changes in the extracellular microRNA profile of Normative Aging Study (NAS) participants. Environ Int. 2023 Jan; 171:107735. PMID: 36640488.

Published on 1/1/2023

Eckhardt CM, Gambazza S, Bloomquist TR, De Hoff P, Vuppala A, Vokonas PS, Litonjua AA, Sparrow D, Parvez F, Laurent LC, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Wu H. Extracellular Vesicle-Encapsulated microRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Lung Health. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Jan 01; 207(1):50-59. PMID: 35943330.

Published on 9/6/2022

Comfort N, Wu H, De Hoff P, Vuppala A, Vokonas PS, Spiro A, Weisskopf M, Coull BA, Laurent LC, Baccarelli AA, Schwartz J. Extracellular microRNA and cognitive function in a prospective cohort of older men: The Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study. Aging (Albany NY). 2022 Sep 06; 14(17):6859-6886. PMID: 36069796.

Published on 8/1/2022

Lee M, Huan T, McCartney DL, Chittoor G, de Vries M, Lahousse L, Nguyen JN, Brody JA, Castillo-Fernandez J, Terzikhan N, Qi C, Joehanes R, Min JL, Smilnak GJ, Shaw JR, Yang CX, Colicino E, Hoang TT, Bermingham ML, Xu H, Justice AE, Xu CJ, Rich SS, Cox SR, Vonk JM, Prokic I, Sotoodehnia N, Tsai PC, Schwartz JD, Leung JM, Sikdar S, Walker RM, Harris SE, van der Plaat DA, Van Den Berg DJ, Bartz TM, Spector TD, Vokonas PS, Marioni RE, Taylor AM, Liu Y, Barr RG, Lange LA, Baccarelli AA, Obeidat M, Fornage M, Wang T, Ward JM, Motsinger-Reif AA, Hemani G, Koppelman GH, Bell JT, Gharib SA, Brusselle G, Boezen HM, North KE, Levy D, Evans KL, Dupuis J, Breeze CE, Manichaikul A, London SJ. Pulmonary Function and Blood DNA Methylation: A Multiancestry Epigenome-Wide Association Meta-analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 08 01; 206(3):321-336. PMID: 35536696.

Published on 7/26/2022

Schiff JE, Vieira CLZ, Garshick E, Wang V, Blomberg A, Gold DR, Schwartz J, Tracy SM, Vokonas P, Koutrakis P. The role of solar and geomagnetic activity in endothelial activation and inflammation in the NAS cohort. PLoS One. 2022; 17(7):e0268700. PMID: 35881632.

Published on 6/2/2022

Eckhardt CM, Wu H, Prada D, Vokonas PS, Sparrow D, Hou L, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Predicting risk of lung function impairment and all-cause mortality using a DNA methylation-based classifier of tobacco smoke exposure. Respir Med. 2022 Aug-Sep; 200:106896. PMID: 35716602.

Published on 6/2/2022

Anand K, Vieira CLZ, Garshick E, Wang V, Blomberg A, Gold DR, Schwartz J, Vokonas P, Koutrakis P. Solar and geomagnetic activity reduces pulmonary function and enhances particulate pollution effects. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 10; 838(Pt 3):156434. PMID: 35660608.

Published on 5/26/2022

Zilli Vieira CL, Chen K, Garshick E, Liu M, Vokonas P, Ljungman P, Schwartz J, Koutrakis P. Geomagnetic disturbances reduce heart rate variability in the Normative Aging Study. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 15; 839:156235. PMID: 35644403.

Published on 5/12/2022

Huan T, Nguyen S, Colicino E, Ochoa-Rosales C, Hill WD, Brody JA, Soerensen M, Zhang Y, Baldassari A, Elhadad MA, Toshiko T, Zheng Y, Domingo-Relloso A, Lee DH, Ma J, Yao C, Liu C, Hwang SJ, Joehanes R, Fornage M, Bressler J, van Meurs JBJ, Debrabant B, Mengel-From J, Hjelmborg J, Christensen K, Vokonas P, Schwartz J, Gahrib SA, Sotoodehnia N, Sitlani CM, Kunze S, Gieger C, Peters A, Waldenberger M, Deary IJ, Ferrucci L, Qu Y, Greenland P, Lloyd-Jones DM, Hou L, Bandinelli S, Voortman T, Hermann B, Baccarelli A, Whitsel E, Pankow JS, Levy D. Integrative analysis of clinical and epigenetic biomarkers of mortality. Aging Cell. 2022 Jun; 21(6):e13608. PMID: 35546478.

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