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Tobacco Research Pioneer Fiore Elected to Institute of Medicine

Madison, Wisconsin – Dr. Michael Fiore, founder of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific organizations.


Michael FioreThe election of Fiore, professor of medicine at UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), was announced today in Washington during the 42nd IOM annual meeting. He is one of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates elected this year.


Twenty years ago, as an internist deeply concerned with the destructive effects of tobacco use on his patients’ health, Fiore founded the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention to find more effective ways to help tobacco users quit. With just five staff members, UW-CTRI was located in a remote corner of the old Wisconsin General Hospital building on University Avenue.


Its modest beginnings stand in contrast to the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention's national stature today as a leader in research, education and advocacy aimed at reducing the toll of tobacco use on the health of American citizens. Since the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention's inception in 1992, its staff has:

  • Helped more than 200,000 Wisconsin smokers quit tobacco use
  • Helped drive systematic changes in how tobacco use is confronted by physicians, insurers and health-care systems
  • Attracted more than $100 million in grant funding
  • Published more than 300 research articles

“The University of Wisconsin is exceptionally fortunate that we have Mike Fiore on our faculty,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “UW-CTRI emerged from his vision and has grown into one of the most respected and effective resources our nation has in tobacco research and control. His work has allowed countless numbers of patients to overcome their tobacco addiction, and has helped guide the efforts of practicing physicians and other caregivers to assess and address the epidemic of tobacco use. Mike Fiore’s work is the personification of the Wisconsin Idea, as its impact has touched every corner of our state and indeed has had worldwide impact. I am thrilled he has received this well-deserved recognition.”


Fiore chaired the panel that in 2000 produced the United States Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, considered the gold standard for health care providers seeking to help their patients stop using tobacco. That guideline was updated and published in 2008 with the endorsement of nearly 60 leading medical and public-health organizations. In 2005, he was asked by the US Justice Department to develop a $130 billion, 25-year plan to help 33 million smokers quit.


Fiore and UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention Associate Director Timothy Baker have also served as principal investigators for three NIH-funded center grants examining relapse to smoking, matching cessation treatments to smokers, and designing effective interventions for tobacco users. He has received many awards and honors from national organizations.


A graduate of Bowdoin College, Fiore completed medical school at Northwestern University and an internal-medicine residency at Boston City Hospital. He was trained as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control, where he also completed a preventive-medicine residency program. Fiore also earned his master’s of public health at Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is both an honorific membership organization and an advisory body. It is called upon for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. IOM’s current total active membership is 1,732.

Date Published: 10/15/2012

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