Steven Schroeder, MD, is Distinguished Professor of health and healthcare at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC). A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Harvard and in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He held faculty positions at Harvard and George Washington University. Between 1990 and 2002, he was president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he initiated programs in tobacco control that resulted in $500 million in grant expenditures during his tenure. The SCLC, which he founded in 2003, works with professional societies, federal and state organizations, and advocacy groups to both increase the number of smokers who attempt to quit and increase the probability of a successful quit. It has partnered with more than 80 organizations, launched the “Ask, Advise, Refer (to a quitline)” alternative for busy clinicians, developed the blue card for 1-800-QUIT NOW (more than five million now in circulation), broadened the range of clinicians involved in smoking cessation, and helped to focus more attention on the lethal combination of smoking and behavioral health conditions. A member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), he chaired the American Legacy Foundation Board of Directors (now Truth Initiative), and served on the editorial board of the “New England Journal of Medicine” for 19 years. In 2014, he was named a public member of the congressionally mandated federal Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health.


Recent Posts by Steven Schroeder

Making Smoking Cessation Work For People With Mental Illnesses And Other Vulnerable Populations

Smoking rates remain high among the most vulnerable populations, such as people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders, necessitating policies and strategies targeted specifically at them, as well as support for tobacco control at the federal, state, and local levels.

Changing The Way Physicians Are Paid: Report Of The National Commission On Physician Payment Reform

The loud cries warning that rising health care costs are going to destroy the nation’s economy have been shouted so often that the will to move firmly in any one direction has almost halted. We’ve all heard them: health care costs are unsustainable, excessive spending is fueling our nation’s...