Tobacco Expert Dr. Terry Pechacek Joins Georgia State's School of Public Health

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Dr. Terry Pechacek is joining the faculty of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as a professor of health management and policy, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Pechacek has been deputy director for research translation in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2012.

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We are extremely pleased for Terry to join us at Georgia State University,” Dr. Eriksen said. “He is a true interdisciplinary scientist who will greatly advance our work in public health policy and health economics, all based on epidemiological findings.

Dr. Terry Pechacek is joining the faculty of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as a professor of health management and policy, effective Nov. 1.

Dr. Pechacek has been deputy director for research translation in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2012.

Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health, said Dr. Pechacek’s arrival enhances the school’s already strong work in tobacco research and control.

“We are extremely pleased for Terry to join us at Georgia State University,” Dr. Eriksen said. “He is a true interdisciplinary scientist who will greatly advance our work in public health policy and health economics, all based on epidemiological findings.”

In 2006, Dr. Pechacek was awarded the Surgeon General′s Medallion in recognition of his work to support the Office of the Surgeon General in communicating the risk of tobacco use. In 2009, he received the Jeffery P. Koplan Award from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for Outstanding Scientific Contribution. In 2014, he was a nominee for the CDC’s Charles C. Shephard Science Award for Lifetime Scientific Achievement.

“Over the last 19 years working at CDC, I have had the unique opportunity to help increase the effectiveness of the investment of over $6 billion in comprehensive national and statewide tobacco control programs,” he said.

“Now I want to share my vision of how our Georgia State students can be international leaders in eliminating premature disease and deaths from tobacco use, and can expand those skills into successful policy changes to reach similar goals in food systems, transportation/urban planning, environmental health and elimination of health disparities.”

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