David Sparrow DSc

Voluntary Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

Voluntary Professor, Epidemiology

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Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine


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


Epidemiology, DSc, Boston University School of Public Health, 1986

Epidemiology, MS, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1975

BA, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1971


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Published on 6/19/2020

Wang C, Just A, Heiss J, Coull BA, Hou L, Zheng Y, Sparrow D, Vokonas PS, Baccarelli A, Schwartz J. Biomarkers of aging and lung function in the normative aging study. Aging (Albany NY). 2020 06 19; 12(12):11942-11966. PMID: 32561690.

Published on 11/13/2019

Wang X, Kim D, Tucker KL, Weisskopf MG, Sparrow D, Hu H, Park SK. Effect of Dietary Sodium and Potassium Intake on the Mobilization of Bone Lead among Middle-Aged and Older Men: The Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study. Nutrients. 2019 Nov 13; 11(11). PMID: 31766133.

Published on 10/21/2019

Colicino E, Just A, Kioumourtzoglou MA, Vokonas P, Cardenas A, Sparrow D, Weisskopf M, Nie LH, Hu H, Schwartz JD, Wright RO, Baccarelli AA. Blood DNA methylation biomarkers of cumulative lead exposure in adults. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 02; 31(1):108-116. PMID: 31636367.

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