Kamal M Eldeirawi, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Population Health Nursing Science
Building & Room:
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Eldeirawi received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an affiliate Assistant Professor at the UIC’s School of Public Health. His interdisciplinary research focuses on individual and neighborhood factors associated with chronic conditions, especially asthma in vulnerable and underserved populations. He has pioneered an area of inquiry on the effects of immigration and acculturation on the risk of asthma and atopic conditions in children of Mexican origin and is currently replicating some of this work on other immigrant populations. He has garnered intramural and extramural support for his research and received several prestigious awards. Dr. Eldeirawi was one of just 12 nursing educators from across the United States to win a highly competitive 3-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program. He teaches interdisciplinary courses and mentor students, junior faculty, and international scholars. Dr. Eldeirawi’s work has been disseminated widely in scientific conferences, top-tier journals, and media outlets (e.g., BBC News and Chicago Sun-Times). He is actively engaged with community initiatives and professional organizations. Eldeirawi’s research has implications for identifying causes of asthma and defining effective multilevel and culturally appropriate interventions as well as policies to prevent asthma and reduce asthma-related disparities.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, UIC Behavioral and Biomedical Science Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, Co-Investigator
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, Social and Physical Environments and Asthma in Mexican American Children, Principal Investigator
UIC College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program, Perinatal Stress, Diet and Risk of Wheezing/Asthma in Offspring of Mexican Women, Principal Investigator
UIC Campus Research Board, Perinatal Stress, Diet and Risk of Wheezing/Asthma in Offspring of Mexican Women, Principal Investigator
Midwest Nursing Research Society New Investigator Award, Antioxidant Levels of Mothers and Their Children, Principal Investigator
UIC College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program, Measurement of Insulin Resistance in Older Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes, Co-Investigator
O’Conor R, Hebert-Beirne J, Kwasny M, Eldeirawi K, Hasnain-Wynia R, Wisnivesky J, Wolf M, Federman A. (2019). Structural and functional support among US older adults with asthma: cross-Sectional associations with medication adherence. BMJ Open, 9(8):e027430. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027430.
O’Conor R, Benavente JY, Kwasny MJ, Eldeirawi K, Hasnain-Wynia R, Federman AD, Hebert-Beirne J, Wolf MS. (2019). Daily routine: Associations with health status and urgent health care utilization among older adults. Gerontologist, 59(5):947-55. doi:10.1093/geront/gny117.
O’Conor R, Benavente JY, Arvanitis M, Curtis LM, Eldeirawi K, Hasnain-Wynia R, Federman AD, Hebert-Beirne J, Wolf MS. (2019). Perceived adequacy of tangible social support and associations with health outcomes among older primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med, 34(11):2368-2373. doi:10.1007/s11606-019-05110-7
Eldeirawi K, Kunzweiler C, Zenk S, Finn P, Nyenhuis S, Persky V. (2019). Associations of urban greenness with asthma and respiratory symptoms in Mexican American children. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, 122(3):289-295. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2018.12.009
Dunn H, Quinn L, Corbridge SJ, Kapella M, Eldeirawi K, Steffen A, Collins EG. (2019). A latent class analysis of prolonged mechanical ventilation patients at a long-term acute care hospital: Subtype differences in clinical outcomes. Heart Lung, 48(3):215-221. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2019.01.001
Estrella ML, Rosenberg N, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Gonzalez HM, Loop MS, Singer RH, Lash JP, Castañeda SF, Perreira KM, Eldeirawi K, Daviglus ML. (2018). The association of employment status with ideal cardiovascular health factors and behaviors among Hispanic/Latino adults: Findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). PLoS One, 13(11):e0207652. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0207652
Eldeirawi K, Kunzweiler C, Rosenberg N. Zenk S, Tarlov E, Hebert-Beirne J, Persky V. (2018). Proximity to traffic and asthma among Mexican American children: Independent and interactive effects. J Allergy Clin Immunol, 141(6):2306-2308 e2301. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2018.02.012
Dunn H, Quinn L, Corbridge SJ, Eldeirawi K, Kapella M, Collins EG. (2018). Cluster analysis in nursing research: An introduction, historical perspective, and future directions. West J Nurs Res, 40(11):1658-1676. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945917707705
Hebert-Beirne J, Felner J, Kennelly J, Eldeirawi K, Mayer A, Alexander S, Castañeda Y, Castañeda D, Persky V, Chavez N, Birman D. (2018). Partner development praxis: The use of Transformative Communication Spaces in a community-academic participatory action research effort in a Mexican ethnic enclave in Chicago. Action Research, 16(4):414-436. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750317695413
Rosenberg N, Daviglus M, DeVon HA, Park CG, Elderirawi K. (2017). The association between parity and inflammation among Mexican-American women of reproductive age varies by acculturation level: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2006). Womens Health Issues, 27(4):485-492. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2017.03.002
Eldeirawi K, Kunzweiler C, Rosenberg N, Riley B, Gao Y, Hebert-Beirne J, Zenk S, Tarlov E, Persky V. (2016). Association of neighborhood crime with asthma and asthma morbidity among Mexican American children in Chicago, Illinois. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, 117(5):502-507 e501. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2016.09.429
Eldeirawi K, Kunzweiler C, Combs A, Persky V. (2016). In utero exposure to pets and the risk of asthma in Mexican American children. J Asthma, 2016;53(4):374-81, DOI:10.3109/02770903.2015.1104693
Eldeirawi K, Kunzweiler C, Atek A, Persky V. (2015) Antibiotic use in infancy and the risk of asthma in Mexican American children. J Asthma, 52(7):707-14., DOI:10.3109/02770903.2015.1004338
Rosenberg N, Eldeirawi K. (2015). Relationship of serum carotenoid concentrations with allostatic load as a measure of chronic stress among middle-aged adults in the USA. Public Health Nutr, 18(2):313-21. doi:10.1017/S1368980014000056
Bani-issa W, Eldeirawi K, Al Tawil H. (2015). Perspectives on the attitudes of healthcare professionals toward diabetes in community health settings United Arab Emirates. Journal of Diabetes Mellitus, 5(1):1-11 doi:10.4236/jdm.2015.51001
Vasa R, Eldeirawi K, Kuriokose VG, Nair GJ, Newsom C, Bates J. (2014). Postpartum depression in mothers of infants in neonatal intensive care unit: Risk factors and management strategies. Am J Perinatol, 31(5):425-34. doi:10.1055/s-0033-1352482.
Eldeirawi K, Koenig MD, Persky V, Chavez N. (2014). Nativity and serum concentrations of antioxidants in Mexican American children: A cross-sectional study. Nutrients, 16(4):1598-1607. doi:10.3390/nu6041598.
Mahmood K, Eldeirawi K, Wahidi M. (2012). Association of gender with outcomes in critically ill patients. Crit Care, 16(3):R92. doi:10.1186/cc11355.
Eldeirawi K, McConnell R, Furner S, Freels S, Stayner L, Hernandez E, Amoruso L, Torres S, Persky V. (2009). Associations of doctor-diagnosed asthma with immigration status, age at immigration, and length of residence in the United States in a sample of Mexican American school children in Chicago. J Asthma, 46(8):796-802
Eldeirawi K, Persky VW. (2006). Associations of acculturation and country of birth with asthma and wheezing in Mexican American youths. J Asthma, 43(4):279-286.
Eldeirawi K, McConnell R, Freels S, Persky VW. (2005). Associations of place of birth with asthma and wheezing in Mexican American children. J Allergy Clin Immunol, 116(1):42-8
Eldeirawi K, Persky V. (2004). History of ear infections and prevalence of asthma in a national sample of children aged 2-11 years: The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994. Chest, 125:1685-92
Eldeirawi K, Lipton R. (2003). Predictors of hemoglobin A1c in a national sample of non-diabetic children: The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994. Am J Epidemiol, 157(7):624-32
Board of Directors, Midwest Nursing Research Society
2020, Mid-Career Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Pediatrics Research Interest Group
2016, Senior Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Health of Diverse Populations Research Interest Group
2014, Angel of Mercy Award, American Arab Nurses Association
2013, Nursing Recognition Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Lambda Chapter