Dr. Moyses Szklo is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his medical degree from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and both his Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine (Cardiology) at the Johns Hopkins University, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and director of the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Szklo has published approximately 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the main author of the intermediate epidemiology textbook Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics. In recognition of his many contributions to cardiovascular epidemiology research and training, Dr. Szklo has been the recipient of both the Harvard School of Public Health’s Cutter Lectureship award and the USA National Institutes of Health Robert S. Gordon, Jr., Lectureship award. He has also been awarded the Ernst Lyman Stebbings medal for his contributions to teaching at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Szklo was principal investigator of two landmark cohort studies of subclinical and clinical cardiovascular diseases, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). He was the first investigator to describe the long-term prognosis of subendocardial (non–Q-wave) infarction using a population-based design.
Dr. Szklo is Past President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and Past Chair (Epidemiology Section) and honorary Vice-President of the American Public Health Association. He is an elected member of the Epidemiology Council of the American Heart Association and of the American Epidemiologic Society. He is an honorary member of the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine and a corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He has lectured in Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, Brazil, and Mexico and has served as a consultant to the Health Ministries of Italy, Brazil, and Catalonia (in Spain). He is currently chairman of the Publications and Presentations Committee of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and is principal investigator of a population-wide study of Brazilian adolescents (Study of Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescents, which is known by the Portuguese acronym ERICA). In recognition of his contributions to public health and epidemiology, Dr. Szklo has received the title of “Commander of the Brazilian Government” from the Brazilian president.