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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Part Time Faculty

Dr. Mike Cummings

   K. Michael Cummings, Ph.D., M.P.H.
   Tobacco Policy and Control Program
   Co-lead Tobacco Research Program




Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Cummings received his Bachelors of Science degree in Health Education at Miami University (Ohio) in 1971, his MPH (1977) and PhD (1981) from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in October of 2011 as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Lead of Tobacco Research for MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center. He was previously at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for 30 years where he directed a clinical and research center on tobacco control and oversaw the operations of the New York State Smokers’ Quit line. He has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific papers including landmark reports for the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Cancer Institute, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Institute of Medicine.  In the late 1990s, Cummings contributed to digitizing and publishing online previously secret  internal tobacco industry documents which described how manufacturers directed their marketing to attract youthful replacement smokers and designed cigarettes in ways that make it hard for smokers to quit once they get addicted to nicotine. 

Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Study of health-related behaviors, especially tobacco use and cessation



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