- FAMRI Center
Steven Schroeder, MD
Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care
Research focuses on determinants of medical expenditures, efficacy of medical cost containment, quality of care, and tobacco control with an emphasis on smoking cessation. Steve Schroeder is an academic general internist with interests in health policy, disease prevention, and public health. In 1980 he founded the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as President and CEO of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ. During those years the foundation made over $4 billion in grants to improve the health and health care of the American people. Major programs during that period included tobacco control (RWJF was the first foundation to take on this issue), expanded health insurance coverage for children, improved care at the end of life, expansion of primary care, and promoting minority health professionals. In 2003 he returned to UCSF to start the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Funded by RWJF, the American Legacy Foundation, the VA, and the CDC, the SCLC works to narrrow the gap between what health professionals should do to help smokers quit and what they actually do. Important achievements of the SCLC are: promoting the use of telephone quitlines, including the development and marketing of a blue plastic card for which almost 4 million copies are in circulation; the engagement of multiple health professionals, including dental hygienists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists, and many others; stimulating mental health and substance abuse treatment specialists to give higher priority to smoking cessation; and the publication of multiple articles in high impact journals.
Stanford University, 1956-1960, B.A., "With Great Distinction" Harvard University, 1960-1964, M.D., Cum Laude Intern and Assistant Resident in Medicine, 1964-1966, II and IV (Harvard) Medical Services, Boston City Hospital, Epidemic Intelligence Officer, Chief, Salmonellosis Unit, Bacterial Diseases Section, Epidemiology Program, National Communicable Diseases Center, U.S. Public Health Service, 1966-1968 Senior Resident in Medicine,1968-1969, II and IV Medical Services, Boston City Hospital Research Fellow in Medicine, Thorndike Memorial Laboratory and Harvard Medical School, 1969-1970 Fellow, Harvard Center for Community Health and Medical Care, 1969-71
- Schroeder SA. Mixed News from the Tobacco Wars. Editorial. NEJM. 347:1106-09, October 3, 2002.
- Schroeder SA. Tobacco Control in the Wake of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. New EnglandJournal of Medicine, 350:293-301, 2004.
- Schroeder SA. The Tobacco Bailout and the FDA. Perspectives. New EnglandJournal of Medicine, 30;351(14):1377-80, 2004.
- Eule B, Sullivan MK, Schroeder S, Hudmon KS. Merchandising Cigarettes in San Francisco pharmacies: 27 years later. Tobacco Control 2004; 13(4):429-432.
- Isaacs SL, Schroeder SA, and Simon JA, editors. VA in the Vanguard: Building on Success in Smoking Cessation. Proceedings of a conference held September 21, 2004 in San Francisco, California. Department of Veterans Affairs, United States of America, 2005. Includes Introduction, pages 1-3 by Schroeder and Simon, and Next Steps for the VA, pages 241-246, by Isaacs, Schroeder, Simon, and Elissa Keszler.
- Schroeder SA. What To Do With a Patient Who Smokes. JAMA 294(4):482-7, 2005.
- Revell CC, Schroeder SA. Simplicity Matters: Using System-Level Changes To Encourage Clinician Intervention In Helping Tobacco Users Quit. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Suppl 1:S67-9, 2005.
- Hudmon KS, Fenlon CM, Corelli RL, Prokhorov AV, Schroeder SA. Tobacco Sales In Pharmacies: Time To Quit. Tobacco Control, in press.
- Schroeder SA. Should emergency departments help smokers quit? Editorial. Annals Emergency Medicine, 48:415-16, 2006.
- Schroeder SA and Sox HC. Varenicline—a new designer drug to help smokers quit. Annals of Internal Medicine 145:784-85, 2006.
- Schroeder SA. We can do better: Improving the health of the American people. The 2007 Shattuck Lecture. NEJM 2007;357:1221-8.
- Schroeder SA. Stranded on the Periphery: The increasing marginalization of smokers. Editorial. New England Journal of Medicine 358:2284-86, 2008
- Schroeder SA. Strategies to reduce tobacco use: the role of state research. Editorial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 35: S519-521, 2008
- Gollust SE, Schroeder SA, and Warner KE. Helping smokers quit: Understanding the barriers to utilization of smoking cessation services. The Milbank Quarterly 86: 601-627, 2008
- Schroeder SA and Hughes DL. An agenda to improve the health of the public. Chapter 6, pages 96-111 in The Health Care Delivery System: A blueprint for reform. Center for American Progress and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, 2008
- Schroeder SA. Clinical Crossroads: A 51-year-old woman with bipolar disorder who wants to quit smoking. JAMA 301: 522-31, 2009 (Selected for JAMA’s monthly feature, Author in the Room phone interview session, as well as the issue’s weekly topic for CME credits).
- Schroeder SA. Moving Forward in Smoking Cessation: Issues for psychiatric nurses. Guest editorial. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 2009 15:68-72
- Schroeder SA. Smoking bans are good for the heart. Editorial, Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2009 54:1256-57
- Schroeder, SA and Morris C. Tobacco use in those with mental health and substance abuse problems: Neglected epidemic. Annual Review of Public Health, 2010 31:16.1-16.18
- Saucedo CB and Schroeder SA. Simplicity Sells: Making smoking cessation easier. Am J Prev Med 2010; 38(3S): S393-96
- Schroeder SA and Warner KE. Don’t forget tobacco. New England Journal of Medicine (in press) 2010
- Schroeder SA. Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine. Chapter Five in Cecil Medicine, Twenty-fourth Edition. Goldman L, Ausiello D, editors. Saunders Elsevier. Philadelphia, (in press)
- Tong E, Strouse R, Hall J, Kovac M, and Schroeder SA. National survey of U.S. health professionals’ smoking prevalence, cessation practices, and beliefs. Nicotine and Tobacco Research (in press)