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

Clinical trials for the treatment of nicotine dependence, with emphasis on treatments that reflect a chronic disease model, and on complex populations.

Judith Hellman, MD


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. The family of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) recognize different microbial components and endogenous host factors, and are critical in initiating inflammatory responses to infection. The Hellman Group studies TLR-dependent pathways expressed by macrophages as well as non-conventional inflammatory cells, including endothelial cells, in Inflammatory Critical Illness, focusing on their roles in coagulopathy, vascular permeability, neutrophil trafficking to organs, and organ injury and failure.

Carolyn Hendrickson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Effect of smoke on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Robert Hiatt, MD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Cancer epidemiology and studies of cancer etiology, early development, the environment and social determinants.

John Kane, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA

Asst Prof in Residence
Preventive & Restor Dent Sci

Establishing food industry documents research as a new area of investigation that transforms the way people think about sugar and the sugar industry’s role in promoting health inequities related to dental caries, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Salomeh Keyhani, MD


Shannon Kozlovich, PhD

Access Extension
M_Cardiovascular Research Inst

Lisa Kroon, PharmD

Department Chair and Professor
Clinical Pharmacy

Tobacco cessation education and training of health professionals.

Susan Lee, MD


Feasibility and acceptability of e-cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation in the perioperative period.