Pamela Lutsey, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Pamela Lutsey

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-5812

Office Address:
451 West Bank Office Building

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

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

BS, Community Health Education, Iowa State University

BA, Psychology, Iowa State University


Pamela Lutsey is an epidemiologist whose mission is to identify potentially changeable factors that influence risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other chronic conditions. Areas of particular interest include nutritional biomarkers (e.g. serum magnesium), sleep disordered breathing, venous thromboembolism, and the identification of risk factors for dementia. Much of Dr. Lutsey’s research calls on two long term studies: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). She is also using large administrative data sources (i.e. MarketScan, Medicare) to compare the effectiveness of new versus established treatment strategies for venous thromboembolism and atrial fibrillation.


Aging, chronic diseases, equity, food & nutrition, cardiovascular disease, sleep

Awards & Recognition

  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor (2014–2016)
  • American Heart Association Early Career Committee (2012–2014)
  • Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Young Investigator Award (2012)


Research Funding Grants

  • 2017–2020, NIH NHLBI, "Contemporary Venous Thromboembolism Treatment," Principal Investigator
  • 2011–2017, NIH NHLBI, "Serum Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the Biethnic ARIC Cohort," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2021, NIH NHLBI, "Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2019, NIH NHLBI, "ARIC Neurocognitive Study (ARIC-NCS)," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2021, NIH NHLBI, "Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)," Co-Investigator


See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Lutsey PL, Bengtson LG, Punjabi NM, Shahar E, Mosley TH, Gottesman RF, Wruck LM, MacLehose RF, Alonso A. "Obstructive sleep apnea and 15-year cognitive decline: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study," Sleep 2016;39(2):309-316. PMCID: PMC4712410
  • Hoofnagle AN, Eckfeldt JH, Lutsey PL. "Vitamin D-binding protein concentrations quantified by mass spectrometry" [Letter to the Editor]. New England Journal of Medicine 2015;373(15)1480-1482. PMCID: PMC4654614
  • Lutsey PL, Michos ED, Misialek JR, Pankow JS, Loehr L, Selvin E, Reis JP, Gross M, Eckfeldt JH, Folsom AR. Race and vitamin D binding protein gene polymorphisms modify the association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and incident heart failure: The ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Heart Failure 2015;3(5):347-356. PMCID: PMC4426050.
  • Lutsey PL, McClelland RL, Duprez D, Shea S, Shahar E, Nagayoshi M, Budoff M, Kaufman JD, Redline S. "Objectively measured sleep characteristics and prevalence of coronary artery calcification: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Sleep study," Thorax 2015;70(9):880-887. PMCID: PMC4858321
  • Lutsey PL, Alonso A, Selvin E, Pankow JS, Michos ED, Agarwal SK, Loehr LR, Eckfeldt JH, Coresh J. "Fibroblast growth factor-23 and incident coronary heart disease, heart failure, and cardiovascular mortality: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study," Journal of the American Heart Association 2014;3(3):e000936. PMCID: PMC4309096


Teaching Areas

I take an active role in training future public health professionals an have mentored and advised graduate students within the Epidemiology & Community Health Division. I am a primary faculty member on the the T32 training grant in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.


  • PubH 6386, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention


In The News

SPH News

  • New Anti-Blood Clot Drugs Appear Safe for Cancer Patients (Read More)
  • Lung Disease in Middle Age May Be a Risk Factor for Dementia Later in Life (Read More)
  • Understanding Patient Drug Preferences for Treating Venous Thromboembolism (Read More)
  • Study Confirms Link Between Height and Venous Thromboembolism (Read More)
  • Use of High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements Increasing Among Americans (Read More)
  • Study Links Six Biomarkers to Deadly Aortic Aneurysms (Read More)
  • Conquering Heart Disease for 30 Years (Read More)
  • Study Links High Blood Calcium with Diabetes (Read More)
  • UMN Study Raises Questions About the Best Way to Assess Vitamin D Status (Read More)

In The Media

  • Many in U.S. Take More Calcium Supplements than Necessary (KFGO)