University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Pamela May Ling, MD, MPH

Pamela May Ling, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control

Research Summary

My cancer-related research focuses on the prevention of tobacco-related cancer. Tobacco is responsible for 35% of cancer deaths, and my work aims to understand the strategies used to promote tobacco uptake and continued use by the tobacco industry, and how to counter-engineer these strategies to improve tobacco control and cancer prevention programs and policies. I am recognized internationally as an expert in tobacco marketing strategies targeting specific audiences, particularly young adults and women, and the use of social culture in tobacco marketing and counter-marketing campaigns. I am the Principal Investigator of two major grants funded by the National Cancer Institute: a U01 project evaluating novel interventions to prevent tobacco use among young adults in bars and nightclubs, and an R01 study of smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarette marketing and counter-messaging. I am also the Co-investigator on the UCSF FDA Tobacco Center of Excellence on Regulatory Science (TCORS) with Dr. Stanton A Glantz and Dr. Neal Benowitz. I am also the Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education since 2005. I have supervised over 56 postdoctoral fellows as director (19 as primary or secondary mentor), 20 predoctoral students and 4 junior academic faculty. I have over a decade of experience as a mentor in a wide variety of disciplines including social and behavioral science, communication, anthropology, history, economics, clinical medicine, sociology, and health education, and I have been repeatedly nominated for teaching and mentoring awards.

Education

Harvard & Radcliffe Colleges, A.B., 1990, History and Science
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, M.D., 1996, Medicine
University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2000, Interdisciplinary Public Health
University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 1999-2002, media interventions, social marketing


Professional Experience

  • 1996-1999
    Medical residency, University of California, San Francisco. San Francisco General Hospital
  • 1999-2002
    Urgent Care Physician. San Francisco Community Health Networks
  • 1999-2002
    Physician. Haight Ashbury Free Clinics Drug Treatment Research Program
  • 1999-2001
    Clinical Instructor. University of California, San Francisco. Community Health Network Clinics
  • 1999-2002
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
  • 2002-2008
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • 2008-2013
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • 2013-present
    Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1986
    National Merit Scholar
  • 1987
    Detur Prize, Harvard University
  • 1986-1990
    John Harvard Scholarship, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholar, Harvard University
  • 1990
    Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Harvard University
  • 1991-1996
    Regent's Scholar, University of California San Francisco
  • 2004
    Stewart Trust Research Award, Univ of California San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2005
    Most important and influential papers in Tobacco Control. Three papers voted by peers into the top ten in youth and tobacco advertising categories
  • 2005
    Outstanding Mentorship Award. Nominee. Postdoctoral Scholar's Association, University of California San Francisco
  • 2007
    Robert H. Crede Awards. Nominated both for excellence in Research and Clinical Care
  • 2008
    Robert H. Crede Awards. Nominated both for excellence in Research and Teaching
  • 2008
    Best Young Clinician-Investigator Award. Society for General Internal Medicine California/Hawaii Region
  • 2009
    Robert H. Crede Awards. Nominated both for excellence in Research and Clinical Care

Selected Publications

  1. Blank ML, Hoek J, George M, Gendall P, Conner TS, Thrul J, Ling PM, Langlotz T. An Exploration of Smoking-to-Vaping Transition Attempts Using a "Smart" Electronic Nicotine Delivery System. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 Sep 19; 21(10):1339-1346.
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  2. Holmes LM, Llamas JD, Smith D, Ling PM. Drifting Tobacco Smoke Exposure among Young Adults in Multiunit Housing. J Community Health. 2019 Sep 18.
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  3. Hendlin YH, Vora M, Elias J, Ling PM. Financial Conflicts of Interest and Stance on Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Systematic Review. Am J Public Health. 2019 Jul; 109(7):e1-e8.
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  4. Abdel Magid HS, Bradshaw PT, Ling PM, Halpern-Felsher B. Association of Alternative Tobacco Product Initiation With Ownership of Tobacco Promotional Materials Among Adolescents and Young Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 03; 2(5):e194006.
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  5. Debchoudhury I, Ling P, Sacks R, Farley SM. Smoking Social Norms Among Young Adults in New York City. J Community Health. 2019 Apr 12.
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  6. Keamy-Minor E, McQuoid J, Ling PM. Young adult perceptions of JUUL and other pod electronic cigarette devices in California: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. 2019 Apr 04; 9(4):e026306.
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  7. Nguyen N, Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Jordan JW, Ling PM. Differential Associations Between Anti-Tobacco Industry Attitudes and Intention to Quit Smoking Across Young Adult Peer Crowds. Am J Health Promot. 2019 Feb 12; 890117119829676.
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  8. Holmes LM, Lea Watkins S, Lisha NE, Ling PM. Does Experienced Discrimination Explain Patterns of Menthol Use Among Young Adults? Evidence from the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Young Adult Health Survey. Subst Use Misuse. 2019; 54(7):1106-1114.
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  9. Thrul J, Gubner NR, Tice CL, Lisha NE, Ling PM. Young adults report increased pleasure from using e-cigarettes and smoking tobacco cigarettes when drinking alcohol. Addict Behav. 2019 Jan 16; 93:135-140.
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  10. McQuoid J, Thrul J, Ozer E, Ramo D, Ling PM. Tobacco use in the sexual borderlands: The smoking contexts and practices of bisexual young adults. Health Place. 2019 Jul; 58:102069.
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  11. Watkins SL, Thrul J, Max W, Ling P. Cold Turkey and Hot Vapes? A national study of young adult cigarette cessation strategies. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Dec 26.
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  12. McKelvey K, Popova L, Kim M, Chaffee BW, Vijayaraghavan M, Ling P, Halpern-Felsher B. Heated tobacco products likely appeal to adolescents and young adults. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s41-s47.
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  13. Robertson L, Hoek J, Blank ML, Richards R, Ling P, Popova L, McMillan L. A qualitative exploration of information-seeking by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) users in New Zealand. BMJ Open. 2018 Oct 25; 8(10):e023375.
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  14. Elias J, Dutra LM, St Helen G, Ling PM. Revolution or redux? Assessing IQOS through a precursor product. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s102-s110.
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  15. Lisha NE, Thrul J, Ling PM. Latent Class Analysis to Examine Patterns of Smoking and Other Tobacco Products in Young Adult Bar Patrons. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jan; 64(1):93-98.
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  16. Nguyen N, McQuoid J, Ramo D, Holmes LM, Ling PM, Thrul J. Real-time predictors of smoking among sexual minority and heterosexual young adults: An ecological momentary assessment study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 11 01; 192:51-58.
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  17. McKelvey K, Popova L, Kim M, Lempert LK, Chaffee BW, Vijayaraghavan M, Ling P, Halpern-Felsher B. IQOS labelling will mislead consumers. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s48-s54.
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  18. Ling PM, Glantz SA. Tobacco company strategies to identify and promote the benefits of nicotine. Tob Control. 2019 05; 28(3):289-296.
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  19. Elias J, Ling PM. Invisible smoke: third-party endorsement and the resurrection of heat-not-burn tobacco products. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s96-s101.
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  20. Ramo DE, Thrul J, Delucchi KL, Hall S, Ling PM, Belohlavek A, Prochaska JJ. A randomized controlled evaluation of the tobacco status project, a Facebook intervention for young adults. Addiction. 2018 May 24.
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