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.

 

Sharon Hall, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Psychiatry

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. Dr. Hall's research is on the treatment of drug abuse, especially tobacco dependence, and better understanding the processes of change through randomized clinical trials and related studies. She is especially interested in the treatment of comorbidities in special populations, and the complexities that comorbidities introduce into treatment.

Arit Harvanko, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Judith Hellman, MD

Professor
Anesthesia

My research program is focused on basic and translational research on sepsis and other forms of inflammation-driven acute organ failure ("Inflammatory Critical Illness"). Sepsis and multiple organ failure are leading causes of death in the Intensive Care Unit. These processes result from a complex inflammatory response that is initiated through the innate immune system by interactions between host cells and microbes or endogenous host factors that are released during injury or cell death.

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 Professor
Medicine

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Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

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

Abra Jeffers, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Abra Jeffers, PhD, has a doctorate in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University focusing on statistical health care methods and applications. Her dissertation was on machine learning and epidemiological methods in the study of personal risk factors of cancers of the breast and prostate. Her research can be used to guide personalized health care strategies based on risk stratification.

Salomeh Keyhani, MD

Professor
Medicine

Dr. Keyhani is a general internist and a health services researcher. She has experience in retrospective cohort study designs, use of natural language processing to construct cohorts, and use of advanced statistical techniques for observational research. She is currently leading multiple NIH funded cohort studies and has used natural language processing for either cohort construction or data extraction in all studies. Areas of focus include the cardiovascular health effects of marijuana use, the management of carotid and predictors of 30-day readmission.

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.

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD

Postdoctoral
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD, has a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Washington State University where her research focused on the impact of genotype and menthol on tobacco toxicity and carcinogenic effects. The work with menthol opened her eyes to the impact scientific evidence has on public policy, or rather, the impact it should have.

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
Anesthesia

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.

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