|Michael C. Fiore, M.D., M.P.H
Professor of Medicine
University of Wisconsin Medical School
University of Wisconsin Center
for Tobacco Research and Intervention
Michael C. Fiore, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, which he founded in 1992.
Fiore is chairperson of the Subcommittee on Cessation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, which was charged with developing an action plan for promoting tobacco cessation throughout the United States. He is principal investigator of “Relapse: Linking Science to Practice,” a Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Among his many accomplishments, Fiore has helped physicians across America to understand tobacco dependence as a chronic disease. He spearheaded a campaign to establish smoking status as a vital sign in patients’ charts and to develop real-world strategies for treatment that doctors can incorporate in their day-to-day practice.
Fiore was a contributing author on a series of articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1989 that served as the first comprehensive assessment of population-based patterns of tobacco use and cessation.
In 1996, he chaired the federal panel that developed the internationally recognized Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline, now considered the single most important document ever produced to set standards of care for treatment of tobacco dependence. Fiore also took a lead role with other national panels and was the coauthor of the 1989 report of the Surgeon General summarizing 25 years of progress on addressing tobacco use and treatment needs.
In 1997, Fiore was named director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Program Office for Addressing Tobacco in Managed Care, which promotes the institution of evidence-based smoking cessation practices in healthcare systems.
In 2000, Fiore chaired the panel that undertook a major revision of the previous clinical practice guideline under the auspices of the United States Public Health Service. This Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence is based on a review of 6,000 articles and is considered the gold standard for healthcare providers for tobacco use treatment.
Most recently, Fiore was awarded a training contract to conduct a Medicare Stop Smoking Program Continuing Medical Education program.
Fiore received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, graduating magna cum laude. He earned a medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and did pre-doctoral research in pulmonary medicine and occupational health at the University of Perugia in Italy. He did residency training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and earned a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Harvard University School of Public Health. He worked as an epidemic intelligence service officer for the Centers for Disease Control, then became a medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Office on Smoking and Health.
Fiore saw active duty from 1990 to 1991 during the Persian Gulf War, serving as a major in the U.S. Army. Among Fiore’s many honors are The U.S. Surgeon General’s Certificate of Appreciation, which he received in 2002 for exceptional leadership in disseminating the first and second Clinical Practice Guidelines on Tobacco Cessation. That same year, Fiore received the Champion of Women’s Health Award from the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation.
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