Aaron Kelly, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Aaron Kelly

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-3492

Fax 612-301-6645

Office Address:
Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine
717 Delaware St. SE
Room 370E
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
717 Delaware St. SE
1932T - Room 370E
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Juanita Jensen

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

PhD, Exercise/Applied Physiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Postdoctoral Training in Vascular Medicine - Clinical Cardiovascular Research, St. Paul Heart Clinic, St. Paul, MN


Aaron S. Kelly, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. the Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary Chair in Children’s Health, and the Co-Director of the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has approximately 20 years of experience conducting clinical trials for the treatment of pediatric obesity and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on related topics. Dr. Kelly’s NIH-funded research program focuses on treatments targeting the underlying biology of obesity, such as pharmacotherapy and metabolic/bariatric surgery, as supplements to lifestyle modification therapy with the goal of enhancing clinical outcomes in youth struggling with the disease. A distinct yet closely aligned research priority in his portfolio involves identifying and characterizing predictors of treatment response aimed at advancing the discipline of precision obesity medicine to improve care delivery for children and adolescents with obesity. Dr. Kelly is actively involved in numerous initiatives related to pediatric obesity treatment in the United States and internationally, has held various leadership positions in The Obesity Society and American Heart Association, and is a Fellow of both organizations. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and serves as a member of the AHA Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Youngand the AHA Obesity Committee. He is also a fellow of The Obesity Society (TOS) and serves as a member of the TOS Membership Committee. Dr. Kelly is the chair of the Minnesota Pediatric Obesity Consortium, a collaborative network of 4 institutions in the state of Minnesota dedicated to advancing research and education in the area of clinical pediatric obesity. He has served as a regular reviewer of NIH grant applications for the last 10 years. Dr. Kelly was co-chair and lead author of a scientific statement from the AHA on severe obesity in children and adolescents published in the journal Circulation.

Awards & Recognition

  • Team Science Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2017)