Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
AB, Stanford University, 1974
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1978
Dr. Rigotti is a primary care physician who trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she is now an Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and an internationally-known expert on tobacco use and treatment. She co-directs the MGH site for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and is Director of MGH’s Office of Women’s Careers, whose mission is to promote the academic careers of female faculty members in all hospital departments.
Dr. Rigotti has long advocated for improving the delivery of tobacco dependence treatment in the health care system. She founded and directs MGH’s Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, which combines a clinical treatment program, the MGH Tobacco Treatment Service, with a multidisciplinary research group that develops, test, and disseminate interventions for smoking cessation across outpatient and inpatient settings. Working at the junction of medicine and public health, Dr. Rigotti’s work combines efforts to change individual behavior with community, policy, and health care system efforts to influence individuals’ decisions about starting or continuing to smoke. Dr. Rigotti has published more than 150 original articles and has written numerous book chapters, reviews, and editorials. She has received numerous grants to support her work, including funding from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Rigotti has served as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (2008-09), president of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco (2003-04) and as Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Smoking Behavior and Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1985-1990). She was a scientific editor of the 1989 Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco, a comprehensive review that provided scientific support for policymaking for over a decade and was a Deputy Editor of Nicotine & Tobacco Research, among other editorial responsibilities. Dr. Rigotti has served on numerous national and international committees addressing tobacco issues, and in 2006 she won the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians.