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Meet IU’s inaugural chief health officer

In this inaugural role, Dr. Aaron Carroll advances the health and well-being of the Indiana University community, responsible for leading and coordinating IU's response to major health issues.


A focus on wellness

Your health matters. At Indiana University, our students are at the core of what we do. And as the world evolves, so do we. Our chief health officer looks ahead to anticipate the future and focuses on making sure the physical and mental health of every person on IU’s campuses across the state is taken care of.

Advancing health and well-being

Dr. Aaron Carroll identifies emerging health issues and related initiatives to address them, currently overseeing the university’s comprehensive approach to managing COVID-19 as well as mental health efforts in support of students.

Dr. Carroll is a distinguished professor of pediatrics and associate dean for research mentoring at the IU School of Medicine. He is the author of “The Bad Food Bible”; is a regular contributor on health topics at The New York Times and The Atlantic; and talks health research and policy on his YouTube channel, Healthcare Triage.

He completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, a residency at the University of Washington, and a fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.


About Dr. Carroll

His research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care, decision analysis, and areas of health policy including cost-effectiveness of care and health care financing reform.

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Keeping IU Healthy: Ask Aaron

Every week, students, faculty, and staff have their health-related questions answered by experts.

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In the news

Explore Dr. Carroll's most recent published articles and blogs.

Healthcare Triage Podcast

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A focus on ticks

Dr. Carroll explains what you need to know about ticks, and what to watch out for.

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Is morning exercise more effective?

In this episode, Dr. Carroll looks at whether you'll lose more weight by exercising at a certain time of the day.

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Low sugar diet and cancer

There's a myth circulating in internet health circles that eating a low-sugar diet can somehow starve the cancer and shrink tumors.

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  • Keeping IU Healthy

    Every week, students, faculty, and staff have their health-related questions answered through the "Ask Aaron" webinars.

  • Offering Insights

    Listen to Dr. Carroll's latest Healthcare Triage podcast.

Your health matters

Health is at the heart of what we do, whether it’s responding to a pandemic or emphasizing mental health.

  • COVID-19

    Find the latest information on IU’s most current health and safety guidelines.

  • Mental health

    IU recognizes that addressing mental health issues requires more than a one-size-fits-all solution.