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COVID-19 Co-Morbidity with Smoking: What We Know, What’s Needed


May 7, 2020 11:45 AM

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Dr. Jonathan Samet, NAM
Dean and Professor @Colorado School of Public Health
Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Samet was the Flora L. Thornton Chair for the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC Institute for Global Health. Dr. Samet received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard College, an MD degree from the University of Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. For several decades, he has been involved in global health, focusing on tobacco control, air pollution, and chronic disease prevention. Dr. Samet has served as editor and author for Reports of the Surgeon General on Smoking and Health since 1984.
Dr. Flavia Senkubuge
President @College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA)
Dr Flavia Senkubuge is a Public Health Medicine specialist, based at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and past president of the 17th World Congress on Tobacco or Health ( WCTOH). She is the 20th President of The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). The CMSA is the apex body of medicine in South Africa and one of the most prestigious bodies of medicine on the African continent. She is the current chair of the WHO/Afro region African Advisory Council on Research and Development (AACHRD) tasked with advising the WHO/Afro regional director on Africa’s research and development agenda. She is the Vice-President of the African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA). She is the board chair of the Health Systems Trust (HST), a pioneering non-profit organisation based in South Africa that has been at the fore front of the South African Health System for more than 20 years and whose work now expands on the African continent with key global partners.
Dr. Constantine Illias Vardavas
Editor-in-Chief @Tobacco Induced Disease Journal
Constantine Vardavas is with the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health. Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Vardavas’ research has focused on the health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, particularly during childhood and pregnancy, and on tobacco prevention and policy. In addition, Dr. Vardavas has a special interest in efforts to reduce the smoking epidemic affecting Greece and is currently serving as the project director of HEART (Hellenic Action for Research Against Tobacco), a project aimed to apply gold standard tobacco control measures within the Hellenic Region as a means of protecting public health from the ramifications of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.