Dr. Rigotti is a primary care physician who trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, 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 Mass General site for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and is Director of Mass General’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 Mass General’s Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, which combined the clinical treatment program, the Mass General Tobacco Treatment Service, with a multidisciplinary research group that develops, test, and disseminates 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 250 peer-reviewed articles and has received numerous grants to support her work, including funding from NIH and foundations.
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, and was a Deputy Editor of Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Her research in tobacco cessation received the 2015 John Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine and the 2006 James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians.