NIMHD Hosts Special Lecture to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us as we recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special lecture from NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable.

Racial/ethnic minorities in the United States experience a disproportionate burden of smoking- related diseases, including cancer and heart disease, despite having larger proportions of light and intermittent smokers and generally lower adult smoking prevalence rates than non-Hispanic/Latino Whites. Racial/ethnic minorities are also less likely to quit smoking successfully than are non-Hispanic/Latino Whites. The examination of racial/ethnic disparities in smoking behaviors, successful quitting, and factors associated with quitting can provide valuable information for focusing strategies for groups currently experiencing lower rates of successful smoking cessation, and can lead to decreases in smoking-related disease rates across all racial/ethnic populations.

In his presentation, Dr. Pérez-Stable will discuss smoking prevalence rates by race/ethnicity, the health effects of second-hand smoke, cessation patterns and interventions, biological factors in smoking behavior, and exposure to smoking in movies and the media and tobacco disparities.

Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable is the Director of NIH's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. His research interests include improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals, and promoting diversity in the biomedical research workforce. For more than 30 years, Dr. Pérez-Stable led research on Latino smoking cessation and tobacco control policy in the U.S. and Latin America, catalyzing tobacco-related public health activities in Argentina. As a co-principal investigator of the Redes En Acción National Latino Cancer Control Research and Education Network funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), he led the development of a research agenda on tobacco control for minority populations in the United States. In addition, he was an NCI-funded Staff Investigator and Assistant Director for Health Care Disparities at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as a member of the NCI and Legacy Foundation's Tobacco Disparities Research Network (TReND). Dr. Pérez-Stable previously was a professor and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF. He was also director of UCSF's Center for Aging in Diverse Communities funded by the National Institute on Aging and UCSF's Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations. He has been a leader in the field of research on aging among minorities and served as a member of the National Institute on Aging's Advisory Council from 2011 to 2014 and as the chair of the Council's Minority Task Force on Aging from 2012 to 2014.

Dr. Pérez-Stable has received many honors and awards throughout his career, including UCSF's Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Society of General Internal Medicine's John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research, and election to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences. He was honored with the UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in July 2015. Dr. Pérez-Stable was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami, Florida. He earned his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Miami and his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his primary care internal medicine residency and research fellowship at UCSF.


Tobacco Use Behavior and Health Consequences among U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Presentation Article:

NIMHD Director Addresses Smoking Cessation Challenges in Minority Populations

Guest Speaker:

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD

Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2:00 - 3:00 P.M.


Click here to view videocast.


NIH Campus

Clinical Research Center, Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater

10 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD

Additional Information:

There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for the NIH security check. We encourage attendance in person to have an enriching discussion. This session will not be videocast, but will be videotaped and made available in the NIH Video archives at and on the NIMHD website after the lecture. Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Shaunte Williams at (301) 402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.