Pamela May Ling, MD, MPH

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Pamela May Ling, MD, MPH

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

pamela.ling@ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 476-7965 (voice)
Box 0320, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0320

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » 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. Hoek J, Thrul J, Ling P. Qualitative analysis of young adult ENDS users' expectations and experiences. BMJ Open. 2017 Mar 07; 7(3):e014990.
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  2. Popova L, So J, Sangalang A, Neilands TB, Ling PM. Do Emotions Spark Interest in Alternative Tobacco Products? Health Educ Behav. 2017 Jan 01; 1090198116683169.
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  3. Kostygina G, England L, Ling PM. Kostygina et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2016 Dec; 106(12):e2-e3.
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  4. Kostygina G, Ling PM. Tobacco industry use of flavourings to promote smokeless tobacco products. Tob Control. 2016 Nov; 25(Suppl 2):ii40-ii49.
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  5. Gorukanti A, Delucchi K, Ling P, Fisher-Travis R, Halpern-Felsher B. Adolescents' attitudes towards e-cigarette ingredients, safety, addictive properties, social norms, and regulation. Prev Med. 2017 Jan; 94:65-71.
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  6. Burbank AD, Thrul J, Ling PM. A Pilot Study of Retail 'Vape Shops' in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tob Prev Cessat. 2016; 2(Suppl).
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  7. McDonald EA, Popova L, Ling PM. Traversing the triangulum: the intersection of tobacco, legalised marijuana and electronic vaporisers in Denver, Colorado. Tob Control. 2016 Oct; 25(Suppl 1):i96-i102.
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  8. Thrul J, Lisha NE, Ling PM. Tobacco Marketing Receptivity and Other Tobacco Product Use Among Young Adult Bar Patrons. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Oct 1.
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  9. Lisha NE, Jordan JW, Ling PM. Peer crowd affiliation as a segmentation tool for young adult tobacco use. Tob Control. 2016 Oct; 25(Suppl 1):i83-i89.
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  10. Holmes LM, Ling PM. Workplace secondhand smoke exposure: a lingering hazard for young adults in California. Tob Control. 2016 Jul 14.
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  11. Holmes LM, Popova L, Ling PM. State of transition: Marijuana use among young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prev Med. 2016 Sep; 90:11-6.
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  12. Kalkhoran S, Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Jordan JW, Ling PM. Evaluation of Bar and Nightclub Intervention to Decrease Young Adult Smoking in New Mexico. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Aug; 59(2):222-9.
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  13. Jiang N, Cortese DK, Lewis MJ, Ling PM. Booze and butts: A content analysis of the presence of alcohol in tobacco industry's lifestyle magazines. Addict Behav Rep. 2016 Jun 1; 3:14-20.
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  14. Kostygina G, England L, Ling P. New Product Marketing Blurs the Line Between Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Smokeless Tobacco Products. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jul; 106(7):1219-22.
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  15. Guillory J, Lisha N, Lee YO, Ling PM. Phantom smoking among young adult bar patrons. Tob Control. 2016 Apr 5.
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  16. Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Jordan JW, Holmes LM, Ling PM. The Social Prioritization Index and Tobacco Use Among Young Adult Bar Patrons. Health Educ Behav. 2016 Dec; 43(6):641-647.
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  17. Kalkhoran S, Padilla JL, Neilands TB, Ling PM. Multiple tobacco product use among young adult bar patrons in New Mexico. Prev Med. 2016 Feb; 83:16-21.
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  18. Popova L, Linde BD, Bursac Z, Talcott GW, Modayil MV, Little MA, Ling PM, Glantz SA, Klesges RC. Testing antismoking messages for Air Force trainees. Tob Control. 2015 Oct 19.
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  19. Jiang N, Gonzalez M, Ling PM, Glantz SA. Relationship of Smokefree Laws and Alcohol Use with Light and Intermittent Smoking and Quit Attempts among US Adults and Alcohol Users. PLoS One. 2015; 10(10):e0137023.
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  20. Ramo DE, Thrul J, Delucchi KL, Ling PM, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. The Tobacco Status Project (TSP): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a Facebook smoking cessation intervention for young adults. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15:897.
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