People

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.

 

James Lightwood, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical Pharmacy

Research program involves estimating the changes in direct healthcare costs due to changes in smoking behavior in large populations, and changes in exposure to passive smoking and health care cost and utilization attributable to adoption of smoke-free laws. Dr. Lightwood has done research in cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of disease prevention and management programs, cost savings attributable to smoking cessation, and the economics of infectious disease control

Pamela Ling, MD

Professor
Medicine

Dr. Ling studies tobacco industry marketing strategies targeting young adults, women, and other high risk population, and new smokeless and novel tobacco product marketing strategies.  She also studies how to use tobacco industry marketing strategies to improve tobacco control programs.

Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

Research focuses on tobacco industry activities aimed at undermining public health, strategic positioning and messaging, marginalized populations, and emerging developments in the social construction of tobacco use. Dr. Malone is known nationally and internationally for her research on the tobacco industry’s strategic efforts to counter public health. Her work is funded by the National Cancer Institute, NIH, and by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. She has served as a consultant on tobacco industry activities for the U.S.

Jyothi Marbin, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Pediatrics

Jyothi Marbin, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF. She is the director of the Pediatrics Leadership for the Underserved Residency program, the Director of Intern Selection for the Department of Pediatrics, and is an Associate Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at UCSF.

Gregory Marcus

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Medicine

CLINICAL
Dr. Gregory Marcus is a specialist in the treatment of arrhythmias, including mapping and catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardias and ventricular arrhythmias. He is also an expert in pacemaker, biventricular device and defibrillator implantation.

Michael Matthay, MD

Director of the Critical Care Medicine Training
Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit
Professor
Medicine

Michael A. Matthay, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Anesthesia at the University of California at San Francisco and a Senior Associate at the Cardiovascular Research Institute. He is Director of the Critical Care Medicine Training in the Department of Medicine and Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit. He received his AB from Harvard University in 1969 and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1973. Dr.

Wendy Max, PhD

Director & Prof. of Economics
Institute for Health Aging

Wendy Max, Ph.D. is Professor of Health Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been on the faculty at UCSF since 1987. Dr. Max holds a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her recent research has focused on modeling the economic impact of tobacco on healthcare expenditures. She has estimated national costs of smoking; costs to Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers; costs in California; and the impact on communities of color.

Julia Mcquoid, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

I am a health geographer interested in qualitative and mixed methods approaches to understanding relationships between people’s everyday environments and behaviors related to health and wellbeing. During my fellowship at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UCSF, I am researching place-embedded social practices of smoking within marginalized groups, such as young LGBTQI adults, in order to better understand the persistence of smoking within these groups and inform the design and effectiveness of tobacco control efforts.

Dieter Meyerhoff, PhD

Professor in Residence
Radiology

Dieter Meyerhoff, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also Co-Director of the Treatment Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Meyerhoff completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Westphälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster, Germany, and he obtained his PhD in Chemistry at Westphälische Wilhelms Universität, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley Department of Chemistry.

Farzad Moazed, MD

Assistant Professor
Medicine

Ricardo Munoz, PhD

SENATE EMERITUS (WOS)

Nhung Nguyen, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Nhung Nguyen received her PhD in Epidemiology from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX, and her BS in Pharmacy from Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Vietnam. Her dissertation was among the first to examine smoking prevalence, nicotine dependence, and related factors among HIV-positive people in Vietnam. Her research interests include application of technology and data science in smoking cessation intervention among smokers with polysubstance use, and in smoking prevention among youth and young adults. 

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