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.

 

Jeremiah Mock, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor
Institute for Health & Aging

Dr. Mock conducts collaborative research examining how people’s cultural context shapes their patterns of tobacco use. As a health anthropologist, for over two decades he has focused on examining how and why people’s lived experience of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure is deeply rooted in culture, and how cultural and political-economic change can influence the prevalence of tobacco use within a cultural group, as well as changes in people’s modes and norms of tobacco use.

Ricardo Munoz, PhD

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Nhung Nguyen, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Medicine

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. 

Tung Nguyen, MD

Professor
Medicine

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 panel of diverse 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

Associate Professor
Psychiatry

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 (readi.ucsf.edu), and co-directs the Psychiatry Digital Health Core (http://psychdhc.ucsf.edu). Her research program focuses on using digital media to understand and address risky drug and alcohol use. Dr.

Poonam Rao, MD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Poonam Rao, MD, graduated as a MBBS from Pt. B.D Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, India in 2016. After graduation, she worked for some time as a General Physician in rural India. She moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue higher education as a physician-scientist, and complete clinical observerships in Jackson Health System, Miami, and Cleveland Clinic, Florida. As she wants to stay at the boundary between research and clinical practice in the long term, after some clinical training, she pivoted towards research.

Rita Redberg, MD, MS

Professor
Medicine

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.

Sujatha Sankaran, MD

Associate Professor
Medicine

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
Medicine

Jason M. Satterfield is the Academy Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching, Director of Behavioral Medicine and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He received his B.S. in brain sciences from MIT and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr.

Suzaynn Schick, PhD

Associate Professor
Medicine

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.

Laura Schmidt

Professor in Residence
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a joint appointment in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Dr. Schmidt is also Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

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