I have received a B.S. in Biology from Pace University in White Plains, NY, a M.S. in Natural Science from SUNY in Buffalo, NY and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology also from SUNY in Buffalo, NY.
I am a Professor of Medicine and Collaborative Scientist in Primary Care Internal Medicine, as well as the Scientific Director of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Research Offices (Clinical Trials Unit and Clinical Research Office. I am and have been the Nicotine Dependence Center Research Program Lead since 1992. In these roles I manage and oversee a cadre of clinical trials while mentoring young investigators and coordinators alike on the conduct of clinical trials research. My background as a trained epidemiologist specializing in research design has provided me with the expertise necessary for these positions. I have successfully administered numerous research program studies (e.g. staffing, research protections, budget management and overall program organization), collaborated with both internal and external researchers, and produced well over 160 peer-reviewed publications to date. Currently I am the chair of the regulatory core for the Learning Health System Network (a PCORNet phase II grant) as well as the co-chair of Obesity Cohort Group.
In my own research interests have focused on the areas of community-based interventions for smoking cessation and obesity, including work with varied populations such as women and adolescents, Alaska Natives, and other diverse ethnic groups on an international basis. I am interested in health care disparities as they relate to women and adolescents. For the past 27 years, my expertise has been in research design and organizing clinical trials. I have delivered numerous lectures to Mayo Clinic faculty and students, as well as presented at national and international meetings. I serve as a reviewer for several prominent medical journals and as an international consultant for a tobacco journal in Italy, and serve on several research committees at Mayo Clinic, including the Primary Care Internal Medicine Research Committee. I have worked with academia, governmental research bodies, and U.S. and European pharmaceutical companies. I have coordinated more than 200 prospective clinical trials and more than 100 retrospective trials, been an active strategist in both multisite and multiple-country studies of rather considerable complexity.