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.

Donald Abrams, MD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine

Dr. Abrams conducts clinical research of the use of cannabidiol for pain and symptom management, including for patients with sickle cell disease and chronic pain. He is also conducting an observational analysis of patients in San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago using cannabidiol-dominant products. Participants attending the integrative medicine center clinics in those cities as well as those at 3 dispensaries in each city to determine what they were using, how they were using it, for what and if it worked.

Stacey Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

Public health policy and social cognition focusing on investigating marketing strategies that tap implicit constructs of self and perceptions of others, pair brand identities with personal identities, and encourage consumption of products detrimental to individual and public health.

Dorie Apollonio, PhD, MPP

Clinical Pharmacy

Health policy and tobacco control, particularly the ways that clinical research is translated into policy interventions and public knowledge.

Mehrdad Arjomandi, MD


Physiologic and inflammatory mechanisms of airway remodeling in various exposure-response models such as ozone-induced oxidative injury, allergic airway inflammation, and wood or tobacco smoke-induced airway injury.

John Balmes, MD


Respiratory and cardiovascular health effects of various air pollutants, focusing on the airway inflammatory effects of ozone, secondhand tobacco smoke, and wood smoke.

Neal Benowitz, MD

Professor Emeritus

Human pharmacology of nicotine in relation to addiction and the pathogenesis of and individual differences in vulnerability to tobacco-related disease, and the use of pharmacologic data as a basis for public health policies to prevent and reduce such disease.

Stella Bialous, RN, DrPH, FAAN

Associate Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, tobacco industry monitoring and building nurses’ capacity for tobacco control nationally and internationally.

Paul Blanc, MD, MSPH


Toxic exposures and illness with focus on the role of environmental factors and disease prevention if factors were eliminated.

Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH


Identify and characterize genetic, environmental and social factors that predispose to asthma and modify drug response with special interest in how racially-specific genetic differences that modify disease and response to treatment.

Nicholas Butowski, MD

Neurological Surgery