David Sparrow, DSc

Professor, Medicine

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David Sparrow, DSc is a professor of pulmonary, allergy, sleep & critical care at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. He is also a Senior Epidemiologist at VA Normative Aging Study, Boston and Lecturer of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has over twenty-five years of experience and over 270 publications. Dr. Sparrow earned his doctorate of science in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Boston University School of Public Health, DSc
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MS
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, BA


  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Ross JC, San José Estépar R, Ash S, Pistenmaa C, Han M, Bhatt SP, Bodduluri S, Sparrow D, Charbonnier JP, Washko GR, Diaz AA. Dysanapsis is differentially related to lung function trajectories with distinct structural and functional patterns in COPD and variable risk for adverse outcomes. EClinicalMedicine. 2024 Feb; 68:102408. PMID: 38273887.

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  • Published on 8/21/2023

    Sparrow D, DeMolles D, Dubaz O, Durso R, Rosner B. Design issues in crossover trials involving patients with Parkinson's disease. Front Neurol. 2023; 14:1197281. PMID: 37670777.

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  • Published on 7/15/2023

    Prince N, Stav M, Cote M, Chu SH, Vyas CM, Okereke OI, Palacios N, Litonjua AA, Vokonas P, Sparrow D, Spiro A, Lasky-Su JA, Kelly RS. Metabolomics and Self-Reported Depression, Anxiety, and Phobic Symptoms in the VA Normative Aging Study. Metabolites. 2023 Jul 15; 13(7). PMID: 37512558.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Eckhardt CM, Gambazza S, Bloomquist TR, De Hoff P, Vuppala A, Vokonas PS, Litonjua AA, Sparrow D, Parvez F, Laurent LC, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Wu H. Extracellular Vesicle-Encapsulated microRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Lung Health. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Jan 01; 207(1):50-59. PMID: 35943330.

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  • Published on 11/12/2022

    Wang C, Xu Z, Qiu X, Wei Y, Peralta AA, Yazdi MD, Jin T, Li W, Just A, Heiss J, Hou L, Zheng Y, Coull BA, Kosheleva A, Sparrow D, Amarasiriwardena C, Wright RO, Baccarelli AA, Schwartz JD. Epigenome-wide DNA methylation in leukocytes and toenail metals: The normative aging study. Environ Res. 2023 Jan 15; 217:114797. PMID: 36379232.

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  • Published on 6/2/2022

    Eckhardt CM, Wu H, Prada D, Vokonas PS, Sparrow D, Hou L, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Predicting risk of lung function impairment and all-cause mortality using a DNA methylation-based classifier of tobacco smoke exposure. Respir Med. 2022 Aug-Sep; 200:106896. PMID: 35716602.

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  • Published on 10/14/2021

    Kelly RS, Stewart ID, Bayne H, Kachroo P, Spiro A, Vokonas P, Sparrow D, Weiss ST, Knihtilä HM, Litonjua AA, Wareham NJ, Langenberg C, Lasky-Su JA. Metabolomic differences in lung function metrics: evidence from two cohorts. Thorax. 2022 Sep; 77(9):919-928. PMID: 34650005.

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  • Published on 8/11/2020

    Kelly RS, Bayne H, Spiro A, Vokonas P, Sparrow D, Weiss ST, Schwartz J, Nassan FL, Lee-Sarwar K, Huang M, Kachroo P, Chu SH, Litonjua AA, Lasky-Su JA. Metabolomic signatures of lead exposure in the VA Normative Aging Study. Environ Res. 2020 11; 190:110022. PMID: 32791250.

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  • Published on 8/3/2020

    Breen M, Nwanaji-Enwerem JC, Karrasch S, Flexeder C, Schulz H, Waldenberger M, Kunze S, Ollert M, Weidinger S, Colicino E, Gao X, Wang C, Shen J, Just AC, Vokonas P, Sparrow D, Hou L, Schwartz JD, Baccarelli AA, Peters A, Ward-Caviness CK. Accelerated epigenetic aging as a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and decreased lung function in two prospective cohort studies. Aging (Albany NY). 2020 08 03; 12(16):16539-16554. PMID: 32747609.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Gao X, Coull B, Lin X, Vokonas P, Sparrow D, Hou L, DeMeo DL, Litonjua AA, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Association of Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio With Pulmonary Function in a 30-Year Longitudinal Study of US Veterans. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 07 01; 3(7):e2010350. PMID: 32658288.

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