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Michael C. Fiore, MD, MPH, MBA, Professor, UW-CTRI Director

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Michael Fiore is a clinically active, tenured professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Fiore founded—and has served as director of—the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) since 1992.

Dr. Fiore is a nationally recognized expert on tobacco, providing perspectives to audiences ranging from Good Morning America to the United States Senate. He has written numerous articles, chapters and books on how to quit smoking and was a co-author and consulting editor of Reducing Tobacco Use—A Report of the Surgeon General (2000).

Dr. Michael Fiore

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). The University of Wisconsin recently named him a Hilldale Professor, one of the highest honors at the school.

Fiore served as chair of the panel that produced the United States Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in 2008. This document provides a gold standard of care for treating tobacco dependence for healthcare providers. He also chaired the panels that produced the 1996 and 2000 guidelines. The 2000 and 2008 guidelines have been cited more than 5,000 times.

Along with Dr. Timothy Baker, Dr. Fiore is Principal Investigator on a $12 million P01 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to operate BREATHE, a 5-year study to help patients in the Milwaukee and Madison areas quit smoking.

Dr. Fiore chaired the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Tobacco Cessation, which produced a comprehensive plan for promoting tobacco cessation in the United States. In July 2003, he was one of five national recipients of the Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Fiore’s chief research and policy focus has been to develop strategies to prompt clinicians and health care systems to intervene with patients who use tobacco. As part of this effort, he spearheaded the concept of expanding the vital signs to include tobacco use status. Recent research shows that 70 percent of physicians now ask patients about their smoking status.

Dr. Fiore is the 2011 recipient of the Folkert O. Belzer Award for the faculty member who best embodies the spirit of dedication and commitment to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “We are very proud of Mike and his outstanding record of achievement,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Fiore (center) displays the Belzer Award with colleagues Dr. James Stein (left) and UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden.
Dr. Fiore (center) displays the Belzer Award with colleagues Dr. James Stein (left) and UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden.

Dr. Fiore was principal investigator for a five-year NIH-funded Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) grant that began in 1999 and was designed to understand tobacco dependence in order to prevent relapse to smoking. In September, 2004, he began his role as co-principal investigator of a second TTURC grant, seeking to examine tobacco-dependence treatment and outcomes with an eye to determining the effectiveness of various treatments and matching those treatments to smokers trying to quit.

He served as co-director of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Program Office, known as Addressing Tobacco in Managed Care, until the program's conclusion in the summer of 2008.

Dr. Michael Fiore (left) accepts the IMAP award for the 2009 advocacy award from IMAP CEO David Rothman
The Institute on Medicine as a Profession selected Dr. Fiore as one of two physicians nationally to receive the
2009 Physician Advocacy Merit Award.

After graduating from Bowdoin College, Dr. Fiore completed medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago and his internal medicine training at Boston City Hospital. His postgraduate education included a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Fiore received additional training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the United States Centers for Disease Control where he also completed a Preventive Medicine residency program at the United States Office on Smoking and Health before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2009, he earned his master's degree in business adminstration from Wisconsin.

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