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

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary Chair in Children's Health

Co-Director, Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine

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 a professor of pediatrics, holds the Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary Chair in Children’s Health, and is 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. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow, The Obesity Society
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Silver Heart Member, American Heart Association
  • Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary Chair in Children's Health
  • Team Science Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota