Adjunct Associate Professor

Public Health Sciences

David Shoham
  • Dr. Shoham is trained in cardiovascular and renal epidemiology with a focus on social determinants of health and disease. His current research focuses on social network analysis as well as the social context of bladder health. He teaches epidemiology to Master's students and is the director of the Loyola University Chicago MPH program.

    • Emory University, Masters             
    • University of Chicago, Bachelors           
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D.               

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    I decided to study epidemiology, the "basic science of public health," while working at an occupational health law firm. I had studied political science as an undergraduate, where one of the core questions is "What is justice?" I planned on law school to pursue justice, but then I learned about epidemiology, which is a combination of social and biological science. At the same time, several seminal works were published: Laurie Garrett's "The Coming Plague" (a prescient book linking pandemics to the destruction of natural habitats), and Richard Wilkinson's "Unhealthy Societies" (on income inequality and health dispartities). Epidemiology allowed me to channel my interest in social justice towards improving health for all.

    What "called" you to/attracted you to Loyola?

    Loyola embodies this spirit. For me, "public health entrepreneurism" means taking risks to create new approaches to health-- not for profit, but for the good of all.


    • Occupation and lower urinary tract symptoms in women: A rapid review and meta-analysis from the PLUS research consortium. Markland, A; Chu, H; Epperson, CN; Nodora, J; Shoham, D; Smith, A; Sutcliffe, S; Townsend, M; Zhou, J; Bavendam, T Neurourology and Urodynamics 2018
    • Early Hospital Readmissions and Mortality in Patients With Decompensated Cirrhosis Enrolled in a Large National Health Insurance Administrative Database Scaglione,S. J.; Metcalfe,L.; Kliethermes,S.; Vasilyev,I.; Tsang,R.; Caines,A.; Mumtaz,S.; Goyal,V.; Khalid,A.; Shoham,D.; Markossian,T.; Luke,A.; Underwood,H.; Cotler,S. J. Journal of clinical gastroenterology 2017
    • Accelerometer-measured physical activity is not associated with two-year weight change in African-origin adults from five diverse populations Dugas,L. R.; Kliethermes,S.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Tong,L.; Bovet,P.; Forrester,T. E.; Lambert,E. V.; Schoeller,D. A.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Shoham,D. A.; Cao,G.; Brage,S.; Ekelund,U.; Cooper,R. S.; Luke,A. PeerJ 2017 ;5:e2902
    • A network model of communication in an interprofessional team of healthcare professionals: A cross-sectional study of a burn unit Shoham,D. A.; Harris,J. K.; Mundt,M.; McGaghie,W. Journal of interprofessional care 2016 :1-7
    • The social patterning of risk factors for noncommunicable diseases in five countries: evidence from the modeling the epidemiologic transition study (METS) Stringhini,S.; Forrester,T. E.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Lambert,E. V.; Viswanathan,B.; Riesen,W.; Korte,W.; Levitt,N.; Tong,L.; Dugas,L. R.; Shoham,D.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Luke,A.; Bovet,P. BMC Public Health 2016 ;16:956-016-3589-5
    • Time trends in the association of ESRD incidence with area-level poverty in the US population Garrity,B. H.; Kramer,H.; Vellanki,K.; Leehey,D.; Brown,J.; Shoham,D. A. Hemodialysis international.International Symposium on Home Hemodialysis 2015
    • High Frequency of Active HCV Infection Among Seropositive Cases in West Africa and Evidence for Multiple Transmission Pathways Layden,J. E.; Phillips,R. O.; Owusu-Ofori,S.; Sarfo,F. S.; Kliethermes,S.; Mora,N.; Owusu,D.; Nelson,K.; Opare-Sem,O.; Dugas,L.; Luke,A.; Shoham,D.; Forbi,J. C.; Khudyakov,Y. E.; Cooper,R. S. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2015 ;60(7):1033-1041
    • Waist Circumference, Body Mass Index, and ESRD in the REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) Study Kramer,H.; Gutierrez,O. M.; Judd,S. E.; Muntner,P.; Warnock,D. G.; Tanner,R. M.; Panwar,B.; Shoham,D. A.; McClellan,W. American Journal of Kidney Diseases : The Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation 2015
    • Together Achieving More: Primary Care Team Communication and Alcohol-Related Healthcare Utilization and Costs Mundt,M. P.; Zakletskaia,L. I.; Shoham,D. A.; Tuan,W. J.; Carayon,P. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 2015 ;39(10):2003-2015
    • Network Interventions on Physical Activity in an Afterschool Program: An Agent-Based Social Network Study Zhang,J.; Shoham,D. A.; Tesdahl,E.; Gesell,S. B. American Journal of Public Health 2015 :e1-e8
    • Leveraging social influence to address overweight and obesity using agent-based models: the role of adolescent social networks Zhang,J.; Tong,L.; Lamberson,P. J.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Luke,A.; Shoham,D. A. Social science & medicine 2015 ;125:203-213
    • Advancing mechanistic understanding of social influence of obesity through personal networks Shoham,D. A. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) 2015
    • Association of car ownership and physical activity across the spectrum of human development: Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study (METS) Shoham,D. A.; Dugas,L. R.; Bovet,P.; Forrester,T. E.; Lambert,E. V.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Schoeller,D. A.; Brage,S.; Ekelund,U.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Cooper,R. S.; Luke,A. BMC Public Health 2015 ;15:173-015-1435-9
    • Modeling social norms and social influence in obesity Shoham,D. A.; Hammond,R.; Rahmandad,H.; Wang,Y.; Hovmand,P. Current epidemiology reports 2015 ;2(1):71-79
    • The Epidemiology of Cirrhosis in the United States: A Population-based Study Scaglione,S.; Kliethermes,S.; Cao,G.; Shoham,D.; Durazo,R.; Luke,A.; Volk,M. L. Journal of clinical gastroenterology 2015 ;49(8):690-696
    • Early-Life Course Socioeconomic Factors and Chronic Kidney Disease Brophy,P. D.; Shoham,D. A.; The CKD Life Course Group; The CKD Life Course Group Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease 2015 ;22(1):16-23
    • Elevated hypertension risk for African-origin populations in biracial societies: Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study Cooper,R. S.; Forrester,T. E.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Bovet,P.; Lambert,E. V.; Dugas,L. R.; Cargill,K. E.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Shoham,D. A.; Tong,L.; Cao,G.; Luke,A. Journal of hypertension 2015 ;33(3):473-481
    • Physical activity and pre-diabetes-an unacknowledged mid-life crisis: findings from NHANES 2003-2006 Farni,K.; Shoham,D. A.; Cao,G.; Luke,A. H.; Layden,J.; Cooper,R. S.; Dugas,L. R. PeerJ 2014 ;2:e499
    • Cumulative systolic BP and changes in urine albumin-to-creatinine ratios in nondiabetic participants of the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis Zemaitis,P.; Liu,K.; Jacobs,D. R.,Jr; Cushman,M.; Durazo-Arvizu,R.; Shoham,D.; Palmas,W.; Cooper,R.; Kramer,H. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN 2014 ;9(11):1922-1929
    • Distribution of metals exposure and associations with cardiometabolic risk factors in the "Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study" Ettinger,A. S.; Bovet,P.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Forrester,T. E.; Lambert,E. V.; Lupoli,N.; Shine,J.; Dugas,L. R.; Shoham,D.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Cooper,R. S.; Luke,A. Environmental health : a global access science source 2014 ;13:90-069X-13-90
    • Low income, community poverty and risk of end stage renal disease Crews,D. C.; Gutierrez,O. M.; Fedewa,S. A.; Luthi,J. C.; Shoham,D.; Judd,S. E.; Powe,N. R.; McClellan,W. M. BMC Nephrology 2014 ;15(1):192
    • A mixed ecologic-cohort comparison of physical activity & weight among young adults from five populations of African origin Luke,A.; Bovet,P.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Forrester,T. E.; Lambert,E. V.; Schoeller,D. A.; Dugas,L. R.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Shoham,D. A.; Cao,G.; Brage,S.; Ekelund,U.; Cooper,R. S. BMC Public Health 2014 ;14(1):397
    • Comparisons of intensity-duration patterns of physical activity in the US, Jamaica and 3 African countries Dugas,L. R.; Bovet,P.; Forrester,T. E.; Lambert,E. V.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Shoham,D.; Kroff,J.; Cao,G.; Cooper,R. S.; Brage,S.; Ekelund,U.; Luke,A. BMC Public Health 2014 ;14:882-2458-14-882
    • The Social Network of a Burn Unit Team Shoham,D. A.; Mundt,M. P.; Gamelli,R. L.; McGaghie,W. C. Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association 2014 ;36(5):551-557
    • Reconciling statistical and systems science approaches to public health Ip,E. H.; Rahmandad,H.; Shoham,D. A.; Hammond,R.; Huang,T. T.; Wang,Y.; Mabry,P. L. Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education 2013 ;40(1 Suppl):123S-31S
    • Dietary sugar and artificial sweetener intake and chronic kidney disease: a review Karalius,V. P.; Shoham,D. A. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease 2013 ;20(2):157-164
    • 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in African American and Nigerian women Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Aloia,J. F.; Dugas,L. R.; Tayo,B. O.; Shoham,D. A.; Bertino,A. M.; Yeh,J. K.; Cooper,R. S.; Luke,A. American Journal of Human Biology : The Official Journal of the Human Biology Council 2013 ;25(4):560-562
    • Blacks and Whites in the Cuba have equal prevalence of hypertension: confirmation from a new population survey Ordunez,P.; Kaufman,J. S.; Benet,M.; Morejon,A.; Silva,L. C.; Shoham,D. A.; Cooper,R. S. BMC Public Health 2013 ;13:169-2458-13-169
    • Obesity as an effect modifier of the risk of death in chronic kidney disease Kramer,H.; Dugas,L.; Shoham,D. Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association 2013 ;28 Suppl 4:iv65-72
    • Mortality rates across 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels among adults with and without estimated glomerular filtration rate <60 ml/min/1.73 m2: the third national health and nutrition examination survey Kramer,H.; Sempos,C.; Cao,G.; Luke,A.; Shoham,D.; Cooper,R.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. PLoS ONE 2012 ;7(10):e47458
    • An actor-based model of social network influence on adolescent body size, screen time, and playing sports. Shoham,D. A.; Tong,L.; Lamberson,P. J.; Auchincloss,A. H.; Zhang,J.; Dugas,L.; Kaufman,J. S.; Cooper,R. S.; Luke,A. PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource] 2012 ;7(6):e39795
    • Protocol for the modeling the epidemiologic transition study: a longitudinal observational study of energy balance and change in body weight, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk Luke,A.; Bovet,P.; Forrester,T. E.; Lambert,E. V.; Plange-Rhule,J.; Schoeller,D. A.; Dugas,L. R.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Shoham,D.; Cooper,R. S.; Brage,S.; Ekelund,U.; Steyn,N. P. BMC Public Health 2011 ;11:927-2458-11-927
    • Association of Waist Circumference and Body Mass Index With All-Cause Mortality in CKD: The REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) Study Kramer,H.; Shoham,D.; McClure,L. A.; Durazo-Arvizu,R.; Howard,G.; Judd,S.; Muntner,P.; Safford,M.; Warnock,D. G.; McClellan,W. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2011 ;58(2):177-185
    • Energy expenditure in adults living in developing compared with industrialized countries: a meta-analysis of doubly labeled water studies. Dugas,L. R.; Harders,R.; Merrill,S.; Ebersole,K.; Shoham,D. A.; Rush,E. C.; Assah,F. K.; Forrester,T.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Luke,A. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011 ;93(2):427-441
    • Community perspectives on kidney disease and health promotion from at-risk populations in rural North Carolina, USA Jennette,C. E.; Vupputuri,S.; Hogan,S. L.; Shoham,D. A.; Falk,R. J.; Harward,D. H. Rural and remote health 2010 ;10(2):1388
    • Sugar-sweetened soda consumption, hyperuricemia, and kidney disease Bomback,A. S.; Derebail,V. K.; Shoham,D. A.; Anderson,C. A.; Steffen,L. M.; Rosamond,W. D.; Kshirsagar,A. V. Kidney international 2010 ;77(7):609-616
    • Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and the progression of chronic kidney disease in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Bomback,A. S.; Katz,R.; He,K.; Shoham,D. A.; Burke,G. L.; Klemmer,P. J. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009 ;90(5):1172-1178
    • Obesity management in adults with CKD Kramer,H.; Tuttle,K. R.; Leehey,D.; Luke,A.; Durazo-Arvizu,R.; Shoham,D.; Cooper,R.; Beddhu,S. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2009 ;53(1):151-165
    • High prevalence of unlabeled chronic kidney disease among inpatients at a tertiary-care hospital. Ferris,M.; Shoham,D. A.; Pierre-Louis,M.; Mandhelker,L.; Detwiler,R. K.; Kshirsagar,A. V. American Journal of the Medical Sciences 2009 ;337(2):93-97
    • A simple algorithm to predict incident kidney disease. Kshirsagar,A. V.; Bang,H.; Bomback,A. S.; Vupputuri,S.; Shoham,D. A.; Kern,L. M.; Klemmer,P. J.; Mazumdar,M.; August,P. A. Archives of Internal Medicine 2008 ;168(22):2466-2473
    • Association of C-reactive protein and microalbuminuria (from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 1999 to 2004). Kshirsagar,A. V.; Bomback,A. S.; Bang,H.; Gerber,L. M.; Vupputuri,S.; Shoham,D. A.; Mazumdar,M.; Ballantyne,C. M.; Paparello,J. J.; Klemmer,P. J. American Journal of Cardiology 2008 ;101(3):401-406
    • Microalbuminuria, peripheral artery disease, and cognitive function. Vupputuri,S.; Shoham,D. A.; Hogan,S. L.; Kshirsagar,A. V. Kidney international 2008 ;73(3):341-346
    • Metabolic syndrome and self-reported history of kidney stones: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) 1988-1994. West,B.; Luke,A.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Cao,G.; Shoham,D. A.; Kramer,H. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2008 ;51(5):741-747
    • Sugary soda consumption and albuminuria: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2004. Shoham,D. A.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Kramer,H.; Luke,A.; Vupputuri,S.; Kshirsagar,A. PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource] 2008 ;3(10):e3431
    • Kidney disease and the cumulative burden of life course socioeconomic conditions: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Shoham,D. A.; Vupputuri,S.; Kaufman,J. S.; Kshirsagar,A. V.; Diez Roux,A. V.; Coresh,J.; Heiss,G. Social science & medicine 2008 ;67(8):1311-1320
    • Validation and comparison of a novel screening guideline for kidney disease: KEEPing SCORED. Bang,H.; Mazumdar,M.; Kern,L. M.; Shoham,D. A.; August,P. A.; Kshirsagar,A. V. Archives of Internal Medicine 2008 ;168(4):432-435
    • Angiotensin II type 1 receptor polymorphisms and susceptibility to hypertension: a HuGE review Mottl,A. K.; Shoham,D. A.; North,K. E. Genetics in Medicine 2008 ;10(8):560-574
    • SCreening for Occult REnal Disease (SCORED): a simple prediction model for chronic kidney disease. Bang,H.; Vupputuri,S.; Shoham,D. A.; Klemmer,P. J.; Falk,R. J.; Mazumdar,M.; Gipson,D.; Colindres,R. E.; Kshirsagar,A. V. Archives of Internal Medicine 2007 ;167(4):374-381
    • Obesity, albuminuria, and urinalysis findings in US young adults from the Add Health Wave III study. Ferris,M.; Hogan,S. L.; Chin,H.; Shoham,D. A.; Gipson,D. S.; Gibson,K.; Yilmaz,S.; Falk,R. J.; Jennette,J. C. Clinical Journal of The American Society of Nephrology: CJASN 2007 ;2(6):1207-1214
    • Kidney disease in life-course socioeconomic context: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Shoham,D. A.; Vupputuri,S.; Diez Roux,A. V.; Kaufman,J. S.; Coresh,J.; Kshirsagar,A. V.; Zeng,D.; Heiss,G. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2007 ;49(2):217-226
    • Does cholesterol reduction with cholestyramine prevent coronary heart disease among individuals with prehypertension? Kshirsagar,A. V.; Vupputuri,S.; Shoham,D. A.; Bang,H.; Colindres,R. E.; Simpson,R. J. Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs 2006 ;23(3-4):165-175
    • The effect of cholesterol reduction with cholestyramine on renal function. Kshirsagar,A. V.; Shoham,D. A.; Bang,H.; Hogan,S. L.; Simpson,R. J.,Jr; Colindres,R. E. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2005 ;46(5):812-819
    • Chronic kidney disease and life course socioeconomic status: a review Shoham,D. A.; Vupputuri,S.; Kshirsagar,A. V. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease 2005 ;12(1):56-63
    • N-acetylcysteine for the prevention of radiocontrast induced nephropathy: a meta-analysis of prospective controlled trials Kshirsagar,A. V.; Poole,C.; Mottl,A.; Shoham,D.; Franceschini,N.; Tudor,G.; Agrawal,M.; Denu-Ciocca,C.; Magnus Ohman,E.; Finn,W. F. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2004 ;15(3):761-769
    • Family members of patients treated for ESRD have high rates of undetected kidney disease. Jurkovitz,C.; Franch,H.; Shoham,D.; Bellenger,J.; McClellan,W. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2002 ;40(6):1173-1178