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Moyses Szklo, MD

  • University Distinguished Service Professor
  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W6009
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

410-955-3462
410-955-8086

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Education

DrPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1974
MD, State University, 1963

Overview

Dr. Szklo has been interested in both the natural history and the etiology of cardiovascular diseases. He was involved in a total metropolitan Baltimore study of the prognosis of patients with acute myocardial infarction, and was one of the first investigators to clearly demonstrate on a population-wide basis the prognostic importance of non-Q infarction, particularly relevant to the assessment of subclinical cardiovascular disease

Dr. Szklo was principal investigator for the Hopkins field center (based in Washington County, Maryland) and chairman of the Steering Committee of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study from 1986 through 2000, in addition to acting as its editor for internal review of manuscripts. He was principal investigator for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MeSA) from 2000-2010 and is currently the chair of its publications commmittee. From 1988-2019 he was the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Since 1983 he is the director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Honors and Awards

1979 "Golden Apple Award," presented by the Student Assembly of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, for excellence in teaching.

1980 Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society, Alpha Chapter, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

1981 Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (elected)

1983 Fellow, American Epidemiological Society (elected)

1984 Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology (elected)

1984 Visiting Scientist, National Research Council, Brazil

1984 Visiting Scientist, National Health Institute, Italy

1984 Visiting Scientist, Palermo University, Italy

1988-89 President (elected), Society for Epidemiologic Research

1991 Visiting Scientist, National Health Institute, Italy

1996 "Golden Apple Award," presented by the Student Assembly of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, for excellence in teaching.

1996-97 Chairman, Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association

2001 Honorary Vice-President for the U.S., American Public Health Association

2001 Ernest Lyman Stebbins Award for excellence in educational activities, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;

2015 Awarded the title of Commander of the Brazilian Government for his contributions to Brazilian Public Health 2018 The Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Professor, University-wide Mentorship Award.

2019 Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, American Journal of Epidemiology

  • Epidemiology
  • subclinical atherosclerosis
  • coronary heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study
  • Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
  • Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • American Journal of Epidemiology

Impactful publications

  • Szklo M, Goldberg R, Kennedy HL, Tonascia J. Survival of patients with nontransmural myocardial infarction: A population-based study. Am J Cardiol 1978;42:648-52. (Probably for the first time on a population wide basis, I reported findings from a study conducted in metropolitan Baltimore that showed that non-Q wave and Q wave myocardial infarctions have the same survival after hospital discharge)
  • Diez-Roux AV, Nieto FJ, Comstock GW, Howard G, Szklo M. The relationship of active and passive smoking to carotid wall thickness 12-14 years later. Prev Med 1995;24:48-55. (One of the first reports showing the relationship of passive smoking to subclinical atherosclerosis)
  • Bertoni N, de Almeida LM, Szklo M, Figueiredo VC, Szklo AS. Assessing the relationship between smoking and abdominal obesity in a National Survey of Adolescents in Brazil. Prev Med. 2018;111:1-5. (Results of the study "Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescents" showing that, although body mass index is decreased in young smokers, waist circumference is actually increased.
  • De Moraes ACF, Carvalho HB, McClelland RL, Diez-Roux AV, Szklo M. Sex and ethnicity modify the associations between individual and contextual socioeconomic indicators and ideal cardiovascular health: MESA study. J Public Health (Oxf). 2019 Sep 30;41(3):e237-e244. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy145. PubMed PMID: 30137558. (This paper reports on the finding that socio-economic markers vary by race/ethnicity in their association with ideal cardiovascular health)
  • Szklo M. Population Based Cohort Studies. Epidemiologic Reviews 1998;20:81-90 (Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of population-based vs non-population-based cohort studies0