Aaron Folsom, MD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aaron Folsom

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-8862

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

MD, Medicine, Ohio State University

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan

BA, Chemistry, Capital University


My research and teaching interests are in cardiovascular epidemiology and preventive medicine, including time trends in cardiovascular disease and determinants of cardiovascular disease risk factors in populations. 

As principal investigator of the ARIC and MESA studies, my work involves many facets of cardiovascular health, including atherosclerosis, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, atrial fibrillation, sleep disorders, the role of genetics, and more. 


Chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, preventive medicine

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

Principal Investigator

  • 2017–2020, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Epidemiology of Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2022, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study - Minneapolis Field Center," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2021, University of Washington, "Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2019, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, The Univ of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Changes in Arterial Stiffness, Cognition and Dementia Risk in a Diverse Cohort," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Wake Forest University, "Transitioning from Risk Factors to Early HF: Prevalence, Pathogenesis, and Phenomics," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Loyola University of Chicago, "The Urinary KNOWledge Study (U-KNOW)," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Columbia University, "Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease in Non-Smokers," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Wake Forest University, "Obesity-related Epigenetic Changes and Type-2 Diabetes," Principal Investigator
  • 2012–2017, Johns Hopkins University, "Enhancing ARIC Infrastructure to Yield a New Cancer Epidemiology Cohort," Principal Investigator


  • 2016–2021, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Significance of Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Fibrillation Burden detected by Novel ECG Monitoring in Community-Dwelling Elderly," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2019, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "ARIC Neurocognitive Study (ARIC-NCS)," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2017, University of Washington, "Atrial Fibrillation Burden, Vascular Disease of the Brain and Cardiac MRI in MESA," Co-Investigator
  • 2011–2017, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Serum Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the Biethnic ARIC Cohort," Co-Investigator





In The News

SPH News

  • "Conquering Heart Disease for 30 Years" (Read more)
  • Folsom Receives American Society for Preventive Cardiology's Stokes Award (Read more)