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Jonathan Philip Winickoff, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Phone: 781-487-4340
Department of Pediatrics


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Primary Care
Clinical Interests
Family health
Smoking cessation
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Waltham: Mass General West
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Boston Medical Center
Residency, Children's Hospital Boston
Board Certifications
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Foreign Languages
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BiographyJonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH, is a practicing general pediatrician and researcher. With over 80 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Winickoff's research focuses on strategies to address tobacco use and exposure in families; current work includes CEASE (Clinical and Community Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure), as well as projects related to thirdhand smoke,regulating smoking in multiunit housing, and raising the purchase age of tobacco to 21. As the past Chair of the AAP Tobacco Consortium, Dr. Winickoff works with pediatric tobacco control researchers across the country to develop the best tobacco practices for child healthcare settings. Dr. Winickoff is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Dr. Winickoff was educated at Yale University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health and completed his pediatric residency at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center and fellowship in health services research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

ResearchDr. Jonathan Winickoff conducts empirical research on family tobacco control, specifically within the child healthcare setting on the CEASE (Clinical and Community Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure) module. Dr. Winickoff and his team conceptualized and developed module to guide pediatricians in systematically changing their office systems to deliver the tobacco dependence treatment for parents of their patients. The module is currently undergoing research in a randomized control trial in pediatric practices in the United States. For more information on the module, visit or


Winickoff JP, Nabi-Burza E, Change Y,Finch S, Regan S, Wasserman M, Woo H, Ossip D, Klein J, Dempsey J, Drehmer J,Hipple B, Slora E, Weiley V, Murphy S, Rigotti N. Implementation of a Tobacco Control Intervention in Pediatric Practice.  Pediatrics. 2013. PMID:23147972

Hipple B, Nabi-Burza E, Hall N, Regan S, Winickoff JP. Distance-based training in two community health centers to address tobacco smoke exposure of children. BMC Pediatrics 2013. PMID: 23594832

Friebely J, Rigotti NA, Chang Y, Hall N, Weiley V,Dempsey J, Hipple B, Nabi-Burza E, Murphy S, Woo H, Winickoff JP. Parent smoker role conflict and planning to quit smoking: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2013 MS ID: 1111367879759843. PMID: 23433098

Winickoff JP, Hipple B, Drehmer J, Nabi E, Hall N, Ossip DJ, Friebely J. A Decade of Lessons Learned from the Development of the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) Intervention. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2012. September;19(9):414-419.

Shedding light on harmful effects of tobacco smoke

MGH Hotline 12.17.10 MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) pediatrician-researcher Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP, has been a vocal advocate of the health and protection of children from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

Study: Pediatric practices offer smoking cessation help to parents of their patients

Finally some good news for parents who smoke: they may now be able to get help quitting from an unlikely source, their child’s doctor.

Q&A with John Winickoff, MD, MPH: The Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Products

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are sometimes falsely viewed as a "healthier" alternative to traditional tobacco and nicotine products. Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, a primary care physician and tobacco researcher at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), shares his knowledge on the dangers of e-cigarettes and provides tips on how parents can help teens avoid tobacco and nicotine products.

Third-hand Smoke: Another Reason to Quit Smoking

Puffing in public housing poses serious health risks to tenants

In an effort to protect children from harmful tobacco smoke exposure, health and medical professionals are pushing for a ban on smoking in public housing in a report appearing in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.

Apartment-dwelling children in nonsmoking units still exposed to tobacco

A new study from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the University of Rochester Medical Center shows significant evidence of tobacco smoke exposure in the blood of children who live in multi-unit housing.

Most Parents Support Testing Children for Tobacco Smoke Exposure

A new study, to be published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, shows that 60 percent of parents -- smoking and non-smoking -- indicate that they would like their children tested for tobacco smoke exposure during pediatric visits.

Children held captive in smoky vehicles

Study led by MGHfC investigator Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, finds that children of parents who smoke are often exposed to tobacco in their parent's cars.

African Americans and the General Public Support Banning Menthol in Cigarettes

According to a new study released online today, a majority of Americans, including most African Americans, stand together in support of banning menthol in cigarettes just as other cigarette flavorings have now been banned by the FDA.

Smoking parents often expose children to tobacco smoke in their cars

MassGeneral Hospital for Children study suggests that parents may not recognize the dangers of smoking in their cars with a child present.

Pediatric practices can offer smoking cessation assistance to parents of their patients

Finally some good news for parents who smoke: you may now be able to get help quitting from an unlikely source, your child’s doctor. A study in the journal Pediatrics, which has been posted online, shows that it is feasible for pediatric practices to incorporate into their normal routine efforts to inform patients' parents about services available to help them quit smoking.

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Phone: 781-487-4340
Fax: 781-487-4341

Mass General West Medical Group
40 Second Avenue
Suite 400
Waltham, MA 02451-1137

Phone: 781-487-4340
Fax: 781-487-4341


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