Dr. Jasjit Ahluwalia is a physician and public health scientist at Brown University’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine. He has been in academic medicine since 1992 and has been a practicing physician, faculty member, department chair, Associate Dean and Center Director in medical schools, and a School of Public Health Dean. His primary research areas are health disparities and smoking cessation and nicotine addiction in African-American smokers. He has been continuously funded by NIH for 25 years,having been the principal investigator or co-investigator of more than $100 million in grants and has published 350 manuscripts. Ahluwalia has served on the U.S. government’s National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, on the Board of Directors of five national scientific organizations, and is currently appointed to the federal government’s Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health chaired by the US Surgeon General.