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The Center faculty come from all four UCSF schools and conduct research and teaching in every aspect of tobacco control, from efforts by the tobacco industry to manipulate international politics to the molecular biology of nicotine addiction.

 

Natalie Alizaga, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Natalie M. Alizaga, PhD received her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington DC, a MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BS in Health Science from San Jose State University.  Her research interests focus on elucidating the psychosocial factors related to tobacco cessation and cancer prevention for underserved populations, including barriers and facilitators to routine health care and screening.

Stacey Anderson, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Anderson's  research interests lie at the intersection of public health policy and social cognition.  She investigates marketing strategies that tap implicit constructs of self and perceptions of others, pair brand identities with personal identities, and encourage consumption of products detrimental to individual and public health. 

Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences
 

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Dorie Apollonio, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical Pharmacy

Dr. Dorie Apollonio is an Associate Professor of health policy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco focusing on tobacco control and policy making. Her research considers the role of scientific evidence and interest group lobbying in decision making on public health. This work uses multiple data sources including internal industry documents, campaign finance reports, administrative datasets, and interviews, and relies on both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify how policy affecting public health is made.

Mehrdad Arjomandi, MD

Assistant Professor In-Residence of Medicine
Medicine

Dr. Arjomandi is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, Immunology, and Sleep Medicine at UCSF with a joint appointment at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is Director of the UCSF Human Exposure Laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital, Director of Environmental Medicine Clinic at San Francisco VA Medical Center, and an investigator at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

John Balmes, MD

Prrofessor in Residence
Medicine

Dr. Balmes received his MD degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1976. After internal medicine training at Mount Sinai and pulmonary subspecialty, occupational medicine, and research training at Yale, he joined the faculty of USC in 1982. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 1986 and is currently Professor and Division Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

Neal Benowitz, MD

Professor Emeritus
Medicine

Neal Benowitz has been conducting research at SFGH since 1973. His research focus is on the human pharmacology of nicotine in relation to pathogenesis of and individual differences in vulnerability to tobacco-related disease, and the use of pharmacologic data as a basis for public health policies to prevent and reduce such disease. He has served on a number of national and international committees addressing issues in tobacco-related diseases and smoking cessation, including several sponsored by the Institute of Medicine.

Dharma Bhatta, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Dharma Bhatta, PhD received his doctorate in Epidemiology from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2016. He is an epidemiologist and public health expert/researcher, with over ten years of experiences in academia and public health research in developing countries. Dr.

Stella Bialous, RN, DrPH, FAAN

Assoc Professor in Residence
Social Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Stella Bialous’ research focuses on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, tobacco industry monitoring and building nurses’ capacity for tobacco control nationally and internationally. Dr. Bialous has consulted with the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative for over 15 years.  In 2003, she received the American Legacy Foundation’s Sybill G.

Paul Blanc, MD

Division Chief
Medicine

Dr. Paul D. Blanc MD MSPH is Professor of Medicine and holds the Endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where he has been on faculty since 1988. He received his BA from Goddard College (Plainfield, Vermont), where he first became interested in health and the environment, later training at the Harvard School of Public Health (in industrial hygiene), the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and Cook County Hospital (in a joint Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency).

Candice Bowling, JD, MPA

Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute for Health Policy Studies

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Mai-Khanh Bui-Duy, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Medicine

Mai-Khanh Bui-Duy, MD is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF and currently practices at both the General Medicine Clinic at 1701 Divisadero Street as well as at the Screening and Acute Care Clinic. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCSF in the UC Primary Care program, participating in the Health Systems and Leadership Area of Distinction. 

Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH

Professor
Bioengineering

The overall goal of my research group is to identify and characterize genetic, environmental and social factors that predispose to asthma and modify drug response (pharmacogenetics). In addition, we are interested in how racially-specific genetic diffs. modify disease and response to treatment. My major scientific interests center on identifying genetic risk factors for common diseases and traits (e.g. asthma and drug response) in racial/ethnically mixed populations. I am fascinated with how racial/ethnic background influences health and risk of disease.

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