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Michael B. Steinberg, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
2006-2009 Cohort
Project Title: “Maximal Intensity Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Hospitalized Smokers with Cardiac Disease”

About the Project:

This project aimed to evaluate best treatments for smoking cessation in hospitals.


Michael B. Steinberg, M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Steinberg received his B.A. from Rutgers College with Highest Honors and attended the joint M.D./M.P.H. program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and School of Public Health where he graduated first in his medical school class. His M.P.H. degree is in the area of health education and behavioral science. Dr. Steinberg completed his residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and received the Department on Medicine Outstanding Resident Teaching Award in each of his 3 years. Following residency, he remained on faculty at Jefferson Medical College as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, and became Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency. In 1999, Dr. Steinberg co-founded the Comprehensive Center for Tobacco Research and Treatment at Jefferson Hospital and was Director of Educational Services. In 2001, Dr. Steinberg returned to UMDNJ as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and as Medical Director of the Tobacco Dependence Clinic. This move provided a golden opportunity to pursue his interest in tobacco dependence treatment research.

In this current capacity, Dr. Steinberg has responsibilities both in medicine and public health. He treats patients as part of the faculty practice in internal medicine, teaches on the medical teaching service, is Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Executive Health Program, and supervises residents in the outpatient setting. Since his arrival, Dr. Steinberg has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Medicine in 2003 and 2004. As Medical Director of the Tobacco Dependence Clinic, he assists patients in stopping smoking, conducts trainings for health professionals, and conducts clinical research on various smoking related topics. He has also obtained Certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

Dr. Steinberg’s research interests are primarily in the area of tobacco dependence treatment. Projects of particular interest have included novel pharmacotherapies for cessation, pharmacological treatment of pregnant smokers, improving tobacco dependence treatment by physicians, predictors of success in treating smokers in a specialty clinic setting, effects of tobacco and nicotine on apoptosis, and the influence of excise tax on tobacco use. More recently, he has received funding through the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the UMDNJ Foundation, and the RWJ Medical School to conduct a clinical trial of combination medications for smoking cessation.

His Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was entitled “Maximal Intensity Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Hospitalized Smokers with Cardiac Disease.” It was a trial of initiating tobacco dependence treatment for medically-ill smokers during hospitalization. He evaluated whether treating smokers in the hospital with an intensive intervention including medications, counseling, and close outpatient follow-up leads to improved abstinence following discharge. In addition, he collected pilot data as to whether these interventions also improve clinical outcomes. This study continued Dr. Steinberg’s career work of improving tobacco dependence treatment of smokers with medical illness in various clinical settings.

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