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Matthew T. Mefford, PhD

Research Scientist I

Division of Epidemiologic Research




Dr. Matthew Mefford is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist and research scientist in the Department of Research & Evaluation. His research interests include heart failure, cardiovascular disease disparities, risk factors, and outcomes, and the intersection of chronic disease and infectious diseases. He also maintains a broad focus on applying epidemiologic methods to answer research questions.

Dr. Mefford has collaborated on cardiovascular disease-related projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. Projects have focused on understanding the burden of multiple chronic conditions in older adults with heart failure, evaluating acute cardiovascular disease hospitalizations surrounding elections, and examining heart failure disparities in people with and without HIV. He also led an industry-funded project to evaluate the representativeness of a heart failure clinical trial in a general patient population. Dr. Mefford was a post-doctoral research fellow in the department from 2019 to 2021.

Areas of Focus

  • Heart failure
  • Cardiovascular disease disparities, treatment, and outcomes
  • Epidemiologic methods


PhD, Epidemiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
MS, Epidemiology
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
BS, Biology
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky