Shira Kramer, Ph.D. President and Founder

Dr. Shira Kramer, founder and President of EI, has over 30 years of diverse public health experience in all aspects and phases of epidemiological research. She is the co-author of two textbooks on epidemiology and has highly specialized expertise in environmental and occupational risk factors for chronic diseases.

Dr. Kramer’s passion for conducting community-based studies led her to found Epidemiology International (formerly RidgeCom, Inc) over 25 years ago with the goal of moving away from the traditional risk model of epidemiology as a science that simply measures associations between exposure and disease, to a focus on using data and knowledge to improve community health. As a result of EI’s research under her leadership, multiple projects have resulted in dissemination of information and research findings to stakeholders, the medical community, and the public, enabling EI clients to make better decisions about healthcare and primary prevention.

Dr. Shira Kramer holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;  a Master's degree in Human Genetics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and a B.A. in the Biological Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University.

From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Kramer was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Children's Cancer Research Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she taught numerous courses in epidemiologic methods to graduate students, medical students, and physicians. Dr. Kramer conducted NIH-supported research on the etiology of childhood cancers, publishing some of the first and still widely-cited studies of the incidence of childhood cancers, and the etiology of neuroblastoma and Wilms' Tumor.