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.


Jeffrey Gotts, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research focuses on the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette aerosols on susceptibility to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a major cause of respiratory failure in critically ill patients.

Jennifer Grandis, MD

Professor, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Vice Chancellor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Jennifer R. Grandis, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS), and she is the Associate Vice Chancellor—Clinical and Translational Research (AVC-CTR) at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, and she completed her internship from the same institution. Dr. Grandis completed both a residency and an Infectious Disease fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UCSF, Dr.

Lawrence Green, DrPH, MPH

Professor Emeritus
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Research on health promotion, including tobacco control, with particular emphasis on knowledge dissemination, transfer, program planning and implementation strategies. His interest is in making practice more evidence-based by making evidence more practice-based. Dr. Green has been the PI on research grants and on predoctoral and postdoctoral training grants from NIH,, the VA , CDC, AHRQ, and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.

Noah Gubner, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Noah received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. His dissertation research utilized behavioral and genetic animal models that have been well established for alcohol research to study the combined effects of nicotine and alcohol on reward and neuroadaptation, with the goal of understanding why these two drugs share such a high rate of co-abuse.

Joe Guydish, PhD

Professor in Residence
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Research on access, delivery, and organization of substance abuse treatment services, treatment effectiveness, and adoption of new treatments into practice settings. He is currently testing an organizational change intervention for treatment programs in tobacco dependence. Joseph Guydish, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco.   His research concerns access, delivery, and organization of substance abuse treatment services.

Sharon Hall, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Major areas of research are clinical trials for the treatment of nicotine dependence, with emphasis on treatments that reflect a chronic disease model, and on complex populations.

Yogi Hendlin, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Yogi Hale Hendlin earned his PhD in Environmental Philosophy at the University of Kiel, Germany, after completing doctoral work at UCLA, a Master's at the London School of Economics, and degrees at UC Berkeley. Hendlin's interests are at the intersection of public health policy, social and environmental justice, business ethics, and the philosophy of science.

Carolyn Hendrickson, MD, MPH

Assistant Adjunct Professor


Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Primarily focused on cancer epidemiology and studies of cancer etiology, early development, the environment and social determinants.  Dr.

Minji Kim, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Minji Kim's research interest focuses on message effects and persuasion. She is particularly interested in the effect and boundary conditions of tailored communication. Kim received a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation examining the positive and negative role of character-audience similarity in anti-smoking campaigns using various themes.

Lisa Kroon, PharmD

Professor & Chair
Clinical Pharmacy

Dr. Lisa Kroon is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Kroon received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan and then completed two years of residency at UCSF in pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy administration. She has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1996. She practices in the UCSF Medical Center’s Adult Diabetes Clinic and Diabetes Teaching Center, where she cares for people with diabetes and chronic illnesses.

Susan Lee, MD

Asst Adjunct

Dr. Susan M.Lee recently completed a trial investigating a smoking cessation program implemented preoperatively, through which she gained an understanding of the challenges of implementing a multidisciplinary program and techniques to overcome these challenges.  She has since successfully established strong ties with community agencies, such as the Smokers' Helpline, and collaborated with other researchers, culminating in a peer-reviewed publication and implementation of the program clinically.