Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
AB, Stanford University, 1974
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1978
Dr. Rigotti is an internist trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an internationally-known expert on smoking cessation. She has pioneered research on interventions to reduce smoking prevalence and thus the burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Rigotti employs a multidisciplinary approach, combining efforts to change individual behavior with community and policy initiatives to influence individuals’ decisions about starting or continuing to smoke.
Dr. Rigotti’s clinical research focuses on developing and disseminating interventions for smoking cessation within primary care practices and inpatient settings. Also an active primary care physician, she founded and directs the MGH Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, which combines a clinical service providing smoking cessation treatment with a research group, which develops and tests smoking treatment interventions for health care settings. 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. Another focus of Dr. Rigotti’s clinical, educational, and research activity is women’s health. She was a founding member of MGH’s Women’s Health Associates, one of the nation’s first women’s health practices. Dr. Rigotti has published more than 100 original articles about tobacco issues and women’s health and has written numerous book chapters, reviews, and editorials on these topics.
Dr. Rigotti is president elect of the Society of General Internal Medicine and is co-chair of the Tobacco Task Force of Partners HealthCare. She previously served as president of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco 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. Dr. Rigotti 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; she is 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.