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.


Tung Nguyen, MD


Dr. Nguyen is the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). A general internist with a large panel of Asian American patients, Dr. Nguyen teaches medical students and residents about medicine, health disparities, and community-based participatory research (CBPR).

Daniel Orenstein, JD, MPH

Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Daniel G. Orenstein, JD, MPH, received a law degree from Arizona State University (2011), an MPH in Health Policy from Harvard (2016), and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Arizona (2005).  Following law school, Dan served as Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law in the Western Region, providing technical assistance on a wide variety of public health legal issues.

Danielle Ramo-Larios, PhD

Assoc Professor In Residence

Dr. Danielle Ramo is Associate Professor in Residence and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF. She directs the Research on Addictions and Digital Interventions lab (, and co-directs the Psychiatry Digital Health Core ( Her research program focuses on using digital media to understand and address risky drug and alcohol use. Dr.

Rita Redberg, MD, MS


Dr. Rita Redberg is a cardiologist, and directs women’s cardiovascular services and the UCSF Flight Attendant Clinic. Her research interests are in the effects of secondhand smoke and other work related conditions (radiation) on flight attendants, as well as in technology assessment and preventive cardiology. Rita Redberg is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the UCSF School of Medicine and is also Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services. She is the Editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Mark Rubinstein, MD


My research program centers on the development of nicotine dependence in adolescents and young adults. My primary research interest is investigating factors which mediate nicotine addiction in adolescence.  If we can understand the pathways to addiction, it may be possible to find ways to prevent nicotine addiction before it occurs. My current projects focus on electronic cigarette (e-cig) use and the co-use of tobacco and cannabis in adolescents.

Sujatha Sankaran, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Sujatha Sankaran is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Division of Hospital Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and subsequently completed her training in Internal Medicine at the Georgetown Universty/Washington Hospital Center program in June 2005. She then worked as an Academic Hospitalist at Columbia University in New York City, where she was actively involved in resident education. Subsequently, Sujatha volunteered in sub Saharan Africa.

Jason Satterfield, PhD

Dir of Behavioral Medicine

Suzaynn Schick, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor

I study the health effects of air pollution in human subjects. I focus on the chemistry and toxicity of smoke and on how smoking and using electronic cigarettes can cause heart and lung disease. My analysis of tobacco industry research showed that sidestream cigarette smoke (the primary constituent of secondhand cigarette smoke) is more toxic than the smoke that smokers inhale and that secondhand smoke becomes more toxic as it ages.

Steve Schroeder, MD

Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care

Dr. Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. The Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Truth Initiative, works with leaders of more than 80 American health professional organizations and health care institutions to increase the cessation rate for smokers.

Joel Simon, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus

Research has centered on hospital-based and out-patient clinical trials of smoking cessation. Completed studies include: Transdermal Nicotine Therapy for Hospitalized Smokers and Bupropion for Hospital-Based Smoking Cessation.    Dr.

Elizabeth Smith, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Smith's work focuses on tobacco control policy and the tobacco industry. Past projects include work on the tobacco industry's influence on and relationships with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, tobacco industry interest in diet and obesity issues, and tobacco product waste and pollution. Her current work explores tobacco control policy issues in the U.S.

Joanne Spetz, PhD

Institute for Health Policy Studies

Joanne Spetz, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Associate Director for Research at the Healthforce Center at UCSF and the Director of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center for Long-Term Care.