Dr. Winickoff is a practicing general pediatrician and researcher. Dr. Winickoff's research focuses on strategies to address tobacco use and exposure in families, pioneering studies which offered smoking cessation pharmacotherapy to parents in pediatric settings. His current work includes CEASE (Clinical and Community Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure), a program derived from his research which is available nationwide. Dr. Winickoff’s research contributed to the development of the concept of third-hand smoke, which the New York Times named one of its Health Ideas of the Year in 2009. Additional work focusing on regulating smoking in multiunit housing and raising the purchase age of tobacco to 21 has aided the enactment of policies to address both issues.
Dr. Winickoff’s work has earned him numerous awards including the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for “protecting the health of the United States public,” and the 2011 Academic Pediatric Association Health Policy Award for cumulative public policy and advocacy efforts that have improved the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents.
Additionally, Dr. Winickoff served for 7 years as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius Richmond Center of Excellence Tobacco Consortium, a national group of researchers who take a family-centered approach to tobacco control issues that affect children. Currently, he serves as Director of Translational research for the AAP Richmond Center.