James Shikany,


Dr. James M. Shikany is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. He arrived at UAB in 1993 after earning a Public Health doctorate, with a specialization in nutrition, from the UCLA School of Public Health. Besides his primary appointment in the Division of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Shikany has a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology of the UAB School of Public Health. Dr. Shikany is a Senior Scientist in the Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center; Scientist in the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center and Center for Exercise Medicine; and Associate Scientist in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UAB. Dr. Shikany’s professional efforts have been in the areas of epidemiologic and clinical research. His research interests are wide-ranging, but center on the association of diet and chronic disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Shikany has conducted numerous randomized controlled trials of various dietary interventions and performed a multitude of epidemiologic analyses of the associations of various dietary factors, as well as overall dietary patterns, and chronic diseases. He has current and previous research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society. Specific research foci include a glycemic index and glycemic load, dietary fats, nutritional antioxidants, obesity, optimal dietary patterns, nutrition and aging, and novel methods of dietary assessment. In addition, Dr. Shikany currently is Principal Investigator of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study Coordinating Center, the UAB site of the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study, and the National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Research on African American Men’s Health. Dr. Shikany has performed several scientific activities on a national level. He has been Chair of the Behavioral Science, Epidemiology & Prevention peer review study group of the American Heart Association, and was elected Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2016.Dr. Shikany was the recipient of the Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research in the Department of Medicine of the UAB School of Medicine in 2016. Dr. Shikany has authored more than 175 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered numerous scientific conference presentations in the area of nutrition and chronic disease. He is a frequent reviewer for various scientific journals.