Research Summary

Dr. Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. The Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Truth Initiative, works with leaders of more than 80 American health professional organizations and health care institutions to increase the cessation rate for smokers. It has expanded the types of clinician groups that support cessation, developed an alternative cessation message (Ask, Advise, Refer), created new ways to market toll-free telephone quit lines, and engaged the mental health and addictions treatment community for the first time. The Center's current work is focused especially on how to reduce the huge health burden from smoking that falls upon those with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders. SCLC works collaboratively with SAMHSA, HRSA, the CDC, and multiple health professional groups to provide technical assistance to help strengthen smoking cessation capabilities. The Center has also facilitated summit meetings involving 18 states that conduct tobacco cessation summits enabling states to achieve targeted reductions in smoking rates among behavioral health populations.

Between 1990 and 2002, Dr. Schroeder was President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During that time the Foundation made grant expenditures of almost $4 billion in pursuit of its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. It developed new programs in substance abuse prevention and treatment, care at the end of life, and health insurance expansion for children, among others. Dr. Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology as an EIS Officer of the CDC. He held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington, and UCSF. At both George Washington and UCSF he was the founding medical director of a university-sponsored HMO, and at UCSF he founded its division of general internal medicine. He is a director of, the Marin General Hospital, the Marin Community Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and the Robina Foundation, and former member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (for 19 years) and former chair of the Health Care Services Board of the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine). He formerly chaired the American Legacy Foundation (now Truth Initiative), was a Council member of the Institute of Medicine, an Overseer of Harvard, President, the Harvard Medical Alumni Association, and director of the James Irvine Foundation. In 2014 he was named a public member of the Congressionally-mandated federal Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. He has won numerous awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees and the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine. He and his wife Sally live in Tiburon, CA. They have two physician sons and four grandchildren.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 1984 - June 30, 1999 - RESIDENCY TRAINING IN GIM AND/OR GP , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: D28PE019179


Stanford University, 1956-1960, B.A.
Harvard University, 1960-1964, M.D.
Harvard University, Res., 1964-1966, Medicine
Harvard University, Fellow, 1968-1971, Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2002
    Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • 2002
    Special Recognition Award, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 2003
    Champion Award, Youth Advocates of the Year Awards, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • 2003
    Alvin P. Shapiro Award, American Psychosomatic Society Annual Scientific Meeting
  • 2003
    The Award of Honor, American Hospital Association
  • 2004
    National Public Health Hero, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health
  • 2006
    American Legacy Foundation names tobacco research center after Steven A Schroeder
  • 2007
    James D. Bruce Memorial Award, American College of Physicians
  • 2007
    James D Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine, American College of Physicians
  • 2007
    Shattuck Lecturer, New England Journal of Medicine and Massachusetts Medical Society
  • 2008
    Smoke Free Champion, The Smoke Free Project, Children's National Medical Center
  • 2008
    Board of Directors Award of Honor, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • 2008
    Shattuck Lecture Panelist, New England Journal of Medicine and Massachusetts Medical Society-Health of the Nation-Coverage for All Americans
  • 2008
    David E. Rogers Award, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 2013
    Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Sarna L, Fiore MC, Schroeder SA. Tobacco Dependence Treatment Is Critical to Excellence in Health Care. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 11 01; 180(11):1413-1414.  View on PubMed
  2. Schroeder SA. California Promotes Smoking Cessation for Medicaid Enrollees: Lessons for the Nation? Am J Prev Med. 2018 12; 55(6 Suppl 2):S123-S125.  View on PubMed
  3. Schroeder SA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Dilemma: How Tightly to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes? Ann Intern Med. 2018 11 20; 169(10):710-711.  View on PubMed
  4. Schroeder SA. Heavier but Healthier - Diabetes and Smoking Cessation. N Engl J Med. 2018 08 16; 379(7):684-685.  View on PubMed
  5. Schroeder SA, Clark B, Cheng C, Saucedo CB. Helping Smokers Quit: New Partners and New Strategies from the University of California, San Francisco Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2018 Jan-Mar; 50(1):3-11.  View on PubMed
  6. Schroeder SA, Clark B, Cheng C, Saucedo CB. Helping Smokers Quit: The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center Engages Behavioral Health by Challenging Old Myths and Traditions. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2018 Apr-Jun; 50(2):151-158.  View on PubMed
  7. Warner KE, Schroeder SA. FDA's Innovative Plan to Address the Enormous Toll of Smoking. JAMA. 2017 11 14; 318(18):1755-1756.  View on PubMed
  8. Schroeder SA. Capsule Commentary on Rigotti et al., Interactive Voice Response Calls to Promote Smoking Cessation after Hospital Discharge: Pooled Analysis of Two Randomized Clinical Trials. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 09; 32(9):1028.  View on PubMed
  9. Schroeder SA. Epilogue to Special Issue on Tobacco and Other Substance Use Disorders: Links and Implications. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2017 Mar; 43(2):226-229.  View on PubMed
  10. Schroeder SA. Response: Re: Social Justice as the Moral Core of Family Medicine: A Perspective from the Keystone IV Conference. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 11 12; 29(6):813.  View on PubMed
  11. Jensen TP, Hennein RT, Saucedo CB, Clark BM, Waldrop JA, Schroeder SA. An Industry/Academia Collaborative to Support Smoking-Cessation Grants. Am J Prev Med. 2017 02; 52(2):232-236.  View on PubMed
  12. Vijayaraghavan M, Schroeder SA, Kushel M. The effectiveness of tobacco control policies on vulnerable populations in the USA: a review. Postgrad Med J. 2016 Nov; 92(1093):670-676.  View on PubMed
  13. Rodriquez EJ, Oh SS, Pérez-Stable EJ, Schroeder SA. Changes in Smoking Intensity Over Time by Birth Cohort and by Latino National Background, 1997-2014. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 12; 18(12):2225-2233.  View on PubMed
  14. Schroeder SA. Social Justice as the Moral Core of Family Medicine: A Perspective from the Keystone IV Conference. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 Jul-Aug; 29 Suppl 1:S69-71.  View on PubMed
  15. Schroeder SA. Commentary on a smoke-free medical campus in Jerusalem: data for action. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2016; 5:27.  View on PubMed
  16. Schroeder SA. Smoking cessation should be an integral part of serious mental illness treatment. World Psychiatry. 2016 Jun; 15(2):175-6.  View on PubMed
  17. Schroeder SA. American health improvement depends upon addressing class disparities. Prev Med. 2016 11; 92:6-15.  View on PubMed
  18. Cullen EB, Hauer KE, Eisenstein L, Boscardin CK, Schroeder SA. Southern Medical Students' Views on Medicaid Expansion. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Feb; 176(2):254-6.  View on PubMed
  19. Schroeder S, Guydish J. The facts are clear. Addiction. 2015 Jun; 110(6):1025-6.  View on PubMed
  20. Schroeder SA. Even more illness caused by smoking than previously estimated. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 174(12):1928-9.  View on PubMed

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