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.

 

Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH

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.

Steve Schroeder, MD

Professor
Medicine

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.

Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD

Professor
M_Anesthesia

Dr. Schumacher is Professor and Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco. He has a clinical, research and educational focus on pain medicine with an emphasis on the development of evidence – based pain care into general clinical practice that utilize non-addictive modalities to improve both the quality and safety of analgesic care. Dr.

Joel Simon, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus
Medicine

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.

Neiloy Sircar, JD, LLM

Postdoctoral Scholar
M_Cardiovascular Research Inst

Neil Sircar, JD, LLM is a human rights lawyer specializing in global and public health, global governance, and health in humanitarian crises. He recently concluded a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship with the National Institutes for Health through the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium at the University of Washington. He is principal investigator on a study for assessing the implementation of human rights-based approaches to HIV testing and notification in Kenya with the prominent Kenyan non-governmental organization Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network.

Elizabeth Smith, PhD

Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Smith's work focuses on tobacco control policy, particularly approaches to the tobacco endgame. 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, tobacco product waste and pollution, and tobacco control policy issues in the U.S. military.

Joanne Spetz, PhD

Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Joanne Spetz is Director and Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), University of California San Francisco. IHPS is a 50-year-old research unit that conducts innovative research to support, guide, and enable policymakers, communities, and clinicians in making evidence-informed decisions that improve health and health care for individuals and families.

Matt Springer, PhD

Professor
Medicine

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Dr. Matthew L. Springer received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1992. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford and continued his research there as a senior scientist until joining the UCSF faculty in 2003, where he is currently one of two non-clinicians on the faculty of the Division of Cardiology. The close juxtaposition of his basic research background with the clinical cardiologists in the Division has resulted in an active translational research program.

Gideon St Helen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Medicine

The focus of my research program in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, as shown in the image below, is the utility and evaluation of biological markers (biomarkers) of tobacco use and exposure for epidemiology, risk assessment, product regulation, and identification of susceptibility factors.

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Hugh Sturrock, PhD

Assistant Professor
M_Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Hai-Yen Sung, PhD

Professor
Institute for Health & Aging

Dr. Sung is Professor of Health Economics at the Institute for Health & Aging at UCSF. Her tobacco-related research areas focus on 1) estimating the healthcare costs of cigarette smoking, other tobacco use, and secondhand smoke exposure; 2) economic evaluation of tobacco taxation, other tobacco control policies, and smoking cessation intervention programs; 3) economic impact of smoking on vulnerable populations such as African Americans, Hispanics, low-income people, and persons with mental illness; and 4) global health economics of tobacco use. Dr.

Janice Tsoh, PhD

Professor
Psychiatry

I am a practicing clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). I also serve as Co-Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health (AsianARCH.org). The mission of my research program is to promote health equity by developing accessible interventions that can empower individuals and families to make informed health decisions and to take an active role in staying healthy.

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