PMPH Faculty

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David S. Lopez, MS, MPH, DrPHAssistant Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Contact Information

Ewing Hall, Suite 1.128, 700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas
Phone: 409-772-9132
Fax: 409-772-5272
Email: davlopez@utmb.edu
Mailing address: 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1150

David S. Lopez, MS, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health (PMPH). He is a cancer epidemiologist with a research focus on cancer health disparities (risk, progression and survivorship of prostate cancer and hormone- and obesity-related cancers) and men’s health research (endogenous and exogenous testosterone, erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms). He also studies the role of modifiable factors that influence the risk, progression and survivorship of prostate, hormone- and obesity-related cancers, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and dietary patterns. A key interest in the research program of Dr. Lopez is to determine the role of race and ethnicity in the interplay between endogenous and exogenous testosterone, obesity, dietary patterns and the risk, progression and survivorship of prostate cancer, hormone- and obesity related cancers. He is an active member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SEC), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and American Urological Association (AUA). He is Section Editor of Urological Cancers in the American Journal of Men’s Health.  Dr. Lopez has also taught introduction to epidemiology and epidemiologic methods courses for the last seven years.

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health- Department of Epidemiology, 2007-2009
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology, MD Anderson Cancer- Department of Epidemiology, 2006-2007
  • DrPH in Epidemiology, UT- Houston School of Public Health, 2007    
  • MPH in Epidemiology, UT- Houston School of Public Health, 2004
  • MS in Biological Sciences, UT at El Paso, 2000
  • BS in Microbiology, UT El Paso, El Paso, 1998
  • Cancer health disparities research (urological cancers in different racial and ethnic groups).
  • Etiology of urological cancers and diseases in men.
  • Biological pathways that contribute to the development and progression of urological cancers and diseases (endogenous/exogenous testosterone, inflammation markers and insulin-axis).
  • Dietary and environmental factors that influence the etiology and progression of urological cancers (dietary patterns, sugar sweetened beverages, caffeinated beverages and energy drinks).
  • Men’s health (lower urinary tract symptoms, BPH, erectile dysfunction, testosterone deficiency, and obesity/metabolic syndrome).
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health