Advisory Committees

Roster of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Applying for Membership on FDA Advisory Committees

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Current Number of Vacancies: 0 

Designated Federal Official 

Caryn Cohen, M.S.
Center for Tobacco Products
Food and Drug Administration
Document Control Center Building 71, Room G335
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
Phone: 1-877-CTP-1373
Fax: 240-276-3655


**Philip P. Huang, M.D., M.P.H., Chair 
Expertise: Chronic disease prevention, tobacco use prevention, cardiovascular disease, state & local government
Term: 9/24/12 - 1/31/16, 4/17/16 - 1/31/18
Medical Director/Health Authority
Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department
15 Waller Street
Austin, Texas  78702 

##William Andy Bailey, Ph.D.
Expertise: Industry Representative
Term: 2/1/17 – 1/31/21
University of Kentucky Research and Education Center
Princeton, Kentucky 42445

Laura J. Bierut, M.D.
Expertise: Smoking behavior, substance dependence, genetically informed clinical care
Term: 2/1/17 – 1/31/21
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri  63110

*Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Expertise: Social, behavioral, and bio-behavioral factors; cancer health disparities
Term: 3/4/15-1/31/18
Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Gary A. Giovino, Ph.D.
Expertise: Population research, determinants and control of tobacco use in adolescents and adults
Term: 3/3/15-1/31/19
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14214

#Willie McKinney, Ph.D., DABT
Expertise: Industry Representative
Term: 12/21/16-1/31/20
Vice President, Regulatory Sciences
Altria Client Services, LLC
Richmond, Virginia  23219

Robin J. Mermelstein, Ph.D.
Expertise: Adolescent and young adult etiology and patterns of tobacco use, psychosocial predictors of changes in smoking patterns, ecological momentary assessment
Term: 4/13/16-1/31/20
Distinguished Professor, Psychology Department
Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago
1747 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Richard J. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Expertise: Oncology, tobacco addiction, regulatory science, tobacco control, abuse liability
Term: 4/1/14-1/31/18
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York 14263

Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D.
Expertise: Behavioral medicine, smoking/tobacco use, child/adolescent health
Term: 2/1/17 – 1/31/21
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York  14642

James F. Thrasher, Ph.D.
Expertise: Policy, media, and communication effects on tobacco-related perceptions and behavior
Term: 4/13/16-1/31/20
Associate Professor
Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
915 Greene Street, Discovery I
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Michael Weitzman, M.D.
Expertise: Pediatrics, hookah/water-pipe, cardiopulmonary issues, epidemiology, mental health
Term: 2/1/17 – 1/31/21
Department of Pediatrics
New York University 
New York, New York 10016

As described in the charter of the committee, the membership includes:

*   Representative of the General Public
** Employee of a state or local government or of the Federal Government
#   Representative of the tobacco manufacturing industry, non-voting
          Alternate: Michael W. Ogden, Ph.D., RAI Services Company
## Representative of the interests of tobacco growers, non-voting
         Alternate: William Maksymowicz, Ph.D., Burley Stabilization Corporation
 As described in the charter, the membership includes no single designated representative for the interest of small business tobacco manufacturing industry, the Commissioner or designee may select a small business tobacco representative from a pool of individuals nominated by small business tobacco to serve temporarily as a nonvoting member, depending on the expertise needed, on a case by case basis. The list of individuals in the pool can be viewed here.


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