Nancy Rigotti, MD, is an academic general internist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Mass General and research training in a general medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School. At Mass General, she serves as Associate Chief of the Divison of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. As a national leader in general internal medicine and primary care, Dr. Rigotti is Past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Within general medicine, Dr. Rigotti's special interest is in preventive medicine with a focus on reducing tobacco use, the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. Throughout her career, she has advocated to have health care systems be more active in addressing their patients' tobacco use. She founded and directs Mass General's Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, which combines a clinical program offering state-of-the-art tobacco dependence treatment with a research group that develops and tests smoking treatment interventions in health care settings that include hospitalizations, adult and pediatric primary care and specialty care. She has also evaluated tobacco control public policies. She is a Past President of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco and has contributed to and edited U.S. Surgeon Generals Reports on Tobacco. She chaired the Tobacco Task Force (quality improvement team) of Partners HealthCare and served as Course Director of the Preventive Medicine and Nutrition course at Harvard Medical School for many years.
A second focus for Dr. Rigotti is women's health and women's careers in medicine. She is a founding member of MGH Women's Health Associates and serves as Director of Mass General's Office of Women's Careers.
Dr. Rigotti does clinical research to identify new treatment methods and health services research to evaluate the implementation of effective treatment methods to health care settings.
MGH Hotline 03.26.10 Dedicated to the career advancement of hospital faculty members, the MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD) has been a vital resource for MGH faculty in support of their careers.
MGH Hotline 10.08.10 In commemoration of Women in Medicine Month, the MGH last month hosted Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD, senior vice president and executive dean for Health Science at Howard University, who presented "Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Academic Medicine," Sept. 20 in the Thier Conference Room.
Patients admitted to hospital with coronary artery disease are twice as likely to quit smoking after receiving intensive smoking cessation support compared to minimal support.
Smokers today have many options to help them quit, and those who think they have "tried it all" usually have not.
Hospital-sponsored stop-smoking programs for inpatients that include follow-up counseling for longer than one month significantly improve patients’ ability to stay smoke-free.
An MGH program described in the August 20 issue of JAMA increased the proportion of hospitalized smokers who successfully quit smoking after discharge by more than 70 percent.
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