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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 focus on cardiovascular health including the study of risk factors, treatments, and cardiovascular outcomes, with an emphasis on the heart failure. He also maintains a broad focus on the prevention and treatment of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes for reducing cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr. Mefford has collaborated on cardiovascular disease- and diabetes-related projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. Projects have included understanding the burden of multiple chronic conditions in older adults with heart failure, evaluating acute cardiovascular disease hospitalizations surrounding elections, heart failure disparities in people with and without HIV, and examining the representativeness of a heart failure clinical trial in a general patient population. He also currently serves as a co-investigator on a multi-site collaborative study examining diabetes surveillance in youth using electronic health records.

Areas of Focus

  • Cardiovascular risk factors and outcomes
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Health disparities
  • Medication adherence


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