Biography

Emelia Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA
Co-Director, Echocardiography/Vascular Laboratory, Framingham Heart Study
Vice Chair, Faculty Development and Diversity, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

73 Mt. Wayte Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702-5827
Phone: 617-638-8968
Fax: 508-626-1262
Email: emelia@bu.edu

Dr. Benjamin received her undergraduate degree at Harvard, her MD at Case Western Reserve University, and her Master's in Epidemiology 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. At the Framingham Heart Study, she serves as Director of the Echocardiography and Vascular Function Laboratories and a Member of the Executive Committee. She is Principal Investigator of the grant that recruited the second generation of the Framingham Study's ethnic/racial minority cohort, the Omni Study.

Dr. Benjamin has conducted research at the Framingham Study since 1988 on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of atrial fibrillation, cardiac risk factors for stroke, echocardiography, valvular pathology, vascular function and the relation of systemic inflammation to cardiovascular disease. She is Principal Investigator on three NIH RO1 grants investigating the epidemiology and genetics of atrial fibrillation [1R01HL092577-01A1] and inflammation [R01 HL76784, 1R01 AG028321]. She has completed two grants examining the epidemiology and genetics of vascular stiffness and brachial reactivity.

Dr. Benjamin is an Associate Editor for Circulation, a leading cardiology journal, and she serves on the NIH Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Heart Association. She has volunteered for the American Heart Association since 1992; serving on a variety of local and national Committees. Currently she serves as Vice Chair of the national American Heart Association's Council on Functional Genomics & Translational Biology. She also is a member of the American College of Cardiology's Prevention Committee.