Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 619
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: 205-975-7989
Fax: 205-934-7959

Research Interests

Dr. Shikany’s research interests include the association between diet and the epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease (including cancer and cardiovascular disease), with special emphasis on antioxidants, dietary fats, glycemic index/glycemic load, and novel dietary assessment methodologies.

He is a Scientist in the Diabetes Research and Training Center, Center for Aging, Center for Cardiovascular Biology, and Center for Exercise Medicine, and Associate Scientist in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Minority Health & Research Center at UAB.

Current Research Projects

N01HC95095 (Shikany) 02/01/1989 – 06/30/2018
Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study – Coordinating Center
Coordinating Center for the four-center CARDIA Study. Goal of the CARDIA Study is to assess coronary artery risk factors in healthy 18-30 year olds. Dr. Shikany serves as the principal investigator of the study’s coordinating center.

U01AG042140 (Shikany) 09/30/1999 – 07/31/2018
Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Renewal – Birmingham
The primary goal of this study is to determine the extent to which fracture risk in older men is related to bone mass, bone geometry, lifestyle factors, biochemical measures, fall propensity, and other variables. Dr. Shikany serves as principal investigator of the Birmingham site.

U54MD008620 (Shikany) 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2018           
National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men’s Health
This center seeks to address, through a regional approach, health disparities in conditions affecting African American men on a national scope. The program targets disparities in unintentional and violence-related injuries and chronic diseases in African American men across the life course of this population. The goal is to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that will improve African American men’s health through research, outreach, and training.

200-2012-52155 (Shikany) 08/27/2012 – 08/26/2014
Assessment of the Proportion of Sodium Intake from a Variety of Sources
The purpose of the study is to determine the amount of salt in food and beverage sources and added salt to foods in healthy adults. Dr. Shikany serves as principal investigator of the Birmingham site.

Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles, DrPH, 1994
  • University of California, Los Angeles, MS, Public Health, 1990
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Physician Assistant, 1982
  • University of California, Davis, BS, Psychology, 1978

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Society for Nutrition; 2005-present
  • Fellow member, American Academy of Physician Assistants; 1983-present


IOTA Chapter, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society; elected 1992