David A. Shoham joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago in 2007, where he is Associate Professor and Director of the MPH program. He received his PhD in Epidemiology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2005, where he focused on social, renal, and cardiovascular epidemiology. Prior to that, he studied Political Science at the University of Chicago (BA, 1995) and Epidemiology at Emory University (MSPH, 2001). Dr. Shoham’s current research focuses on applying social network analysis to understand health care teams, health behavior, and prevention of chronic disease.  He also has extensive experience studying health disparities in renal epidemiology. Currently funded research focusses on the information-sharing networks of women and girls regarding lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), as part of the PLUS U01 consortium (as co-investigator). He was co-PI on the Modeling Obesity through Simulation (MOTS) study and a co-investigator on the Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study (METS) study. He teaches the first year sequence in epidemiology methods to MPH students, a one-month epidemiology elective for fourth year medical students, and an elective in social epidemiology.

Recent publications:


 Networks and systems:

Shoham DA and Messer LC. “Social network analysis for epidemiologists.” In MJ Oakes and JS Kaufman (eds) Methods in Social Epidemiology, 2nd ed. (in press)

Kidney and obesity: 

Garrity BH, Kramer H, Vellanki K, Leehey D, Brown J, Shoham DA. Time trends in the association of ESRD incidence with area-level poverty in the US population. Hemodial Int. 2016 Jan;20(1):78-83. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12325. Epub 2015 Jun 10. PMID: 26094617 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26094617

Kramer H, Gutiérrez OM, Judd SE, Muntner P, Warnock DG, Tanner RM, Panwar B, Shoham DA, McClellan W. Waist Circumference, Body Mass Index, and ESRD in the REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Jan;67(1):62-9. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.05.023. Epub 2015 Jul 15. PMID: 26187471 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26187471


Networks and systems:

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2015. Assessing the use of agent-based models for tobacco regulation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. PMID: 26247084 http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/reports/2015/tobacco-policy-agent-based-modeling.aspx 

Shoham DA. Advancing mechanistic understanding of social influence of obesity through personal networks. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Dec;23(12):2324-5. doi: 10.1002/oby.21261. Epub 2015 Oct 14. PMID: 26465115 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26465115

Shoham DA, Mundt MP, Gamelli RL, McGaghie WC. The Social Network of a Burn Unit Team. J Burn Care Res. 2015 Sep-Oct;36(5):551-7. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000218. PubMed PMID: 25501788. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25501788

Shoham DA, Hammond R, Rahmandad H, Wang Y, Hovmand P. Modeling social norms and social influence in obesity. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2015 Mar 1;2(1):71-79. Epub 2015 Jan 13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4643315/

Zhang J, Tong L, Lamberson PJ, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Luke A, Shoham DA. Leveraging social influence to address overweight and obesity using agent-based models: the role of adolescent social networks. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Jan;125:203-13. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.05.049. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 24951404; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4306600. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24951404

Zhang J, Shoham DA, Tesdahl E, Gesell SB. Network interventions on physical activity in an afterschool program: an agent-based social network study. Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr;105 Suppl 2:S236-43. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302277. Epub 2015 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 25689202; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC43 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/25689202/

Mundt MP, Zakletskaia LI, Shoham DA, Tuan WJ, Carayon P.  Together Achieving More: Primary Care Team Communication and Alcohol-Related Healthcare Utilization and Costs. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Oct;39(10):2003-15. doi: 10.1111/acer.12831. Epub 2015 Sep 9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26350957

Kidney and obesity: 

Shoham DA, Dugas LR, Bovet P, Forrester TE, Lambert EV, Plange-Rhule J, Schoeller DA, Brage S, Ekelund U, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Cooper RS, Luke A. Association of car ownership and physical activity across the spectrum of human development: Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study (METS). BMC Public Health. 2015 Feb 21;15:173. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1435-9. PMID: 25885263

Brophy PD, Shoham DA; CKD Life Course Group, Charlton JR, Carmody J, Reidy KJ, Harshman L, Segar J, Askenazi D. Early-life course socioeconomic factors and chronic kidney disease. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2015 Jan;22(1):16-23. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2014.06.006. Review. PMID: 25573508


Kidney and obesity: 

Farni F, Shoham DA, Cao G, Luke A, Layden J, Cooper RS and Dugas LR. Physical activity and pre-diabetes—an unacknowledged mid-life crisis: findings from NHANES 2003–2006. PeerJ 2014 Aug 19;2:e499.PMID: 25177530

Dugas LR, Bovet B, Forrester TE, Lambert EV, Plange-Rhule J, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Shoham DA, et al. Comparisons of Intensity-Duration Patterns of Physical Activity in the US, Jamaica and 3 African Countries. BMC Public Health. 2014 Aug 27;14:882. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-882. PMCID: PMC4168059

Ettinger AS, Bovet P, Plange-Rhule J, Forrester TE, Lambert EV, Lupoli N, Shine J, Dugas LR, Shoham D, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Cooper RS, Luke A. Distribution of metals exposure and associations with cardiometabolic risk factors in the "Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study". Environ Health. 2014 Nov 5;13:90. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-90.

Farni K, Shoham DA, Cao G, Luke AH, Layden J, Cooper RS, Dugas LR. PeerJ. Physical activity and pre-diabetes-an unacknowledged mid-life crisis: findings from NHANES 2003-2006. 2014 Aug 19;2:e499. doi: 10.7717/peerj.499. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25177530

Crews DC, Gutiérrez OM, Fedewa SA, Luthi JC, Shoham D, Judd SE, Powe NR, McClellan WM. BMC Nephrol. Low income, community poverty and risk of end stage renal disease. 2014 Dec 4;15:192. doi: 10.1186/1471-2369-15-192. PMID: 25471628


Networks and systems:

Shoham DA, Tong L, Lamberson PJ, Auchincloss AH, Zhang J, Dugas L, Kaufman JS, Cooper RS, Luke A. An actor-based model of social network influence on adolescent body size, screen time, and playing sports. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39795. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039795. Epub 2012 Jun 29. PMID: 22768124

Ip EH, Rahmandad H, Shoham DA, Hammond R, Huang TT, Wang Y, Mabry PL. Reconciling statistical and systems science approaches to public health. Health Educ Behav. 2013 Oct;40(1 Suppl):123S-31S. doi: 10.1177/1090198113493911. PMID: 24084395

Kidney and obesity:

Kramer H, Dugas L, Shoham D. Obesity as an effect modifier of the risk of death in chronic kidney disease. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2013 Nov;28 Suppl 4:iv65-72. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gft242. Epub 2013 Sep 24. Review. PMID: 24068779

Chang A, Van Horn L, Jacobs DR Jr, Liu K, Muntner P, Newsome B, Shoham DA, Durazo-Arvizu R, Bibbins-Domingo K, Reis J, Kramer H. Lifestyle-related factors, obesity, and incident microalbuminuria: the CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2013 Aug;62(2):267-75. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.02.363. Epub 2013 Apr 17. PMID: 23601954 Free PMC Article

Chang A, Anderson EE, Turner HT, Shoham D, Hou SH, Grams M. Identifying potential kidney donors using social networking web sites. Clin Transplant. 2013 May-Jun;27(3):E320-6. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12122. Epub 2013 Apr 22. PMID: 23600791

Durazo-Arvizu RA, Aloia JF, Dugas LR, Tayo BO, Shoham DA, Bertino AM, Yeh JK, Cooper RS, Luke A. 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in African American and Nigerian women. Am J Hum Biol. 2013 Jul-Aug;25(4):560-2. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22395. Epub 2013 Apr 4. PMID: 23559500

Karalius VP, Shoham DA. Dietary sugar and artificial sweetener intake and chronic kidney disease: a review. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2013 Mar;20(2):157-64. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2012.12.005. Review. PMID: 23439375

Crews DC, McClellan WM, Shoham DA, Gao L, Warnock DG, Judd S, Muntner P, Miller ER, Powe NR. Low income and albuminuria among REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) study participants. Am J Kidney Dis. 2012 Nov;60(5):779-86. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.05.010. Epub 2012 Jun 12. PMID: 22694949