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Heather Lynn Wipfli, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentPreventive Medicine
AddressSSB 318K 2001 N. Soto Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 865 0411
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    TitleAssociate Director of The Institute For Global Health


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    Heather Wipfli, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Associate Director for the USC Institute for Global Health. Dr. Wipfli holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva. Her research focuses on international cooperation and governance approaches to improve health, specifically in regards to global chronic disease control including tobacco use, obesity, and exposure to air pollution. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Wipfli directed research and training for the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and worked on the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a technical officer at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva. She has published work on global tobacco control, globalization and health, capacity building in low- and middle-income countries and health security. In 2008, Dr. Wipfli earned the Alumni Laurent Prize of the University of Geneva for her dissertation on the global diffusion of tobacco control policies.


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    1. Withers M, Li M, Manalo G, So S, Wipfli H, Khoo HE, Wu JT, Lin HH. Best Practices in Global Health Practicums: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. J Community Health. 2018 Jun; 43(3):467-476. PMID: 29129034.
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    2. Wipfli H, Zacharias KD, Nivvy Hundal N, Shigematsu LMR, Bahl D, Arora M, Bassi S, Kumar S. Workplace wellness programming in low-and middle-income countries: a qualitative study of corporate key informants in Mexico and India. Global Health. 2018 May 09; 14(1):46. PMID: 29739444.
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    3. Russo AR, Solis AC, Villanti AC, Wipfli H, Kern TT, Lawley RK, Collins LK, Abudayyeh HS, Chansky MC, Glantz SA, Samet JM, Benjamin EJ. Mentoring for Success in Tobacco Regulatory Science: A Qualitative Study. Tob Regul Sci. 2017 Jul; 3(3):280-292. PMID: 28758143.
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    4. Swanson JW, Yao CA, Auslander A, Wipfli H, Nguyen TH, Hatcher K, Vanderburg R, Magee WP. Patient Barriers to Accessing Surgical Cleft Care in Vietnam: A Multi-site, Cross-Sectional Outcomes Study. World J Surg. 2017 06; 41(6):1435-1446. PMID: 28120095.
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    5. Yao CA, Swanson J, Chanson D, Taro TB, Gura B, Figueiredo JC, Wipfli H, Hatcher K, Vanderburg R, Magee WP. Barriers to Reconstructive Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Cross-Sectional Study of 453 Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Patients in Vietnam. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov; 138(5):887e-895e. PMID: 27783003.
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    6. Wipfli H, Chu KH, Lancaster M, Valente T. Three Eras in Global Tobacco Control: How Global Governance Processes Influenced Online Tobacco Control Networking. Glob Health Gov. 2016; 10(2):138-150. PMID: 28596813.
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    7. Wipfli H, Berman M, Hanson K, Kelder S, Solis A, Villanti AC, Ribeiro CM, Meissner HI, Anderson R. Defining Tobacco Regulatory Science Competencies. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Feb; 19(2):222-230. PMID: 27613917.
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    8. Withers M, Press D, Wipfli H, McCool J, Chan CC, Jimba M, Tremewan C, Samet J. Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities. Global Health. 2016 Jun 23; 12(1):34. PMID: 27334947; PMCID: PMC4918191.
    9. Wipfli H. The FCTC Turns 10: Lessons From the Fist Decade. J Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 05; 26(6):279-83. PMID: 27180935; PMCID: PMC4884895.
    10. Yao CA, Taro TB, Wipfli H, Ly S, Gillenwater JT, Costa MA, Gutierrez RD, Magee W. The Tsao Fellowship in Global Health: A Model for International Fellowships in a Surgery Residency. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Mar; 27(2):282-5. PMID: 26963297.
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    11. Wipfli H, Samet JM. One Hundred Years in the Making: The Global Tobacco Epidemic. Annu Rev Public Health. 2016; 37:149-66. PMID: 26772406.
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    12. Mitike G, Motbainor A, Kumie A, Samet J, Wipfli H. Review of Policy, Regulatory, and Organizational Frameworks of Environment and Health in Ethiopia. Ethiop J Health Dev. 2016; 30(1 Spec Iss):42-49. PMID: 28890630.
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    13. Taro T, Yao C, Ly S, Wipfli H, Magee K, Vanderburg R, Magee W. The Global Surgery Partnership: An Innovative Partnership for Education, Research, and Service. Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):75-8. PMID: 26287915.
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    14. Valente TW, Dyal SR, Chu KH, Wipfli H, Fujimoto K. Diffusion of innovations theory applied to global tobacco control treaty ratification. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Nov; 145:89-97. PMID: 26460508; PMCID: PMC4630093 [Available on 11/01/16].
    15. Samet JM, Chanson D, Wipfli H. The Challenges of Limiting Exposure to THS in Vulnerable Populations. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2015 Sep; 2(3):215-25. PMID: 26231499.
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    16. Wipfli H, Samet J. Framing Progress In Global Tobacco Control To Inform Action On Noncommunicable Diseases. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Sep; 34(9):1480-8. PMID: 26355049.
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    17. Lövgren SL, Taro TB, Wipfli H. Perceptions of foreign health aid in East Africa: an exploratory baseline study. Int Health. 2014 Dec; 6(4):331-6. PMID: 24966212.
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    18. Wipfli H, Kotlewski JA. Into the deep end: incorporating a global health governance and diplomacy experience in graduate public health training. Glob Public Health. 2014; 9(7):827-40. PMID: 24955487.
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    19. Samet JM, Wipfli H, Gruskin S. Banning the hiring of tobacco users: where's the fire? Acad Med. 2014 Jun; 89(6):837-9. PMID: 24871231.
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    20. Wipfli H, Press DJ, Kuhn V. Global health education: a pilot in trans-disciplinary, digital instruction. Glob Health Action. 2013 May 02; 6:1-7. PMID: 23643297; PMCID: PMC3644060.
    21. Chu KH, Wipfli H, Valente TW. Using Visualizations to Explore Network Dynamics. J Soc Struct. 2013; 14. PMID: 25285051.
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    22. Jones MR, Wipfli H, Shahrir S, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM, Breysse PN, Navas-Acien A. Secondhand tobacco smoke: an occupational hazard for smoking and non-smoking bar and nightclub employees. Tob Control. 2013 Sep; 22(5):308-14. PMID: 22273689; PMCID: PMC3701027.
    23. Wipfli H, Samet JM. Moving beyond global tobacco control to global disease control. Tob Control. 2012 Mar; 21(2):269-72. PMID: 22170336.
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    24. Schwartz RL, Wipfli H, Samet JM. World No Tobacco Day 2011: India's progress in implementing the framework convention on tobacco control. Indian J Med Res. 2011 May; 133:455-7. PMID: 21623025; PMCID: PMC3121271.
    25. Shahrir S, Wipfli H, Avila-Tang E, Breysse PN, Samet JM, Navas-Acien A. Tobacco sales and promotion in bars, cafes and nightclubs from large cities around the world. Tob Control. 2011 Jul; 20(4):285-90. PMID: 21330317.
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    26. Wipfli H, Samet JM. Second-hand smoke's worldwide disease toll. Lancet. 2011 Jan 08; 377(9760):101-2. PMID: 21112081.
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    27. Wipfli H, Huang G. Power of the process: evaluating the impact of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control negotiations. Health Policy. 2011 May; 100(2-3):107-15. PMID: 20851492.
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    28. Wipfli H, Fujimoto K, Valente TW. Global tobacco control diffusion: the case of the framework convention on tobacco control. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jul; 100(7):1260-6. PMID: 20466967; PMCID: PMC2882412.
    29. Samet JM, Wipfli H. Globe still in grip of addiction. Nature. 2010 Feb 25; 463(7284):1020-1. PMID: 20182492.
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    30. Kim S, Wipfli H, Navas-Acien A, Dominici F, Avila-Tang E, Onicescu G, Breysse P, Samet JM. Determinants of hair nicotine concentrations in nonsmoking women and children: a multicountry study of secondhand smoke exposure in homes. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Dec; 18(12):3407-14. PMID: 19959689.
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    31. Samet JM, Wipfli H. Unfinished business in tobacco control. JAMA. 2009 Aug 12; 302(6):681-2. PMID: 19671910.
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    32. Wipfli H, Samet JM. Global economic and health benefits of tobacco control: part 1. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Sep; 86(3):263-71. PMID: 19536067.
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    33. Wipfli H, Samet JM. Global economic and health benefits of tobacco control: part 2. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Sep; 86(3):272-80. PMID: 19536066.
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    34. Kim SR, Wipfli H, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM, Breysse PN. Method validation for measurement of hair nicotine level in nonsmokers. Biomed Chromatogr. 2009 Mar; 23(3):273-9. PMID: 18814216.
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    35. Wipfli H, Avila-Tang E, Navas-Acien A, Kim S, Onicescu G, Yuan J, Breysse P, Samet JM. Secondhand smoke exposure among women and children: evidence from 31 countries. Am J Public Health. 2008 Apr; 98(4):672-9. PMID: 18309121; PMCID: PMC2376995.
    36. Maziak W, Ali RA, Fouad MF, Rastam S, Wipfli H, Travers MJ, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and in public places in Syria: a developing country's perspective. Inhal Toxicol. 2008 Jan; 20(1):17-24. PMID: 18236217.
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    37. Valdés-Salgado R, Avila-Tang E, Stillman FA, Wipfli H, Samet JM. [Laws that ban smoking in indoor places in Mexico]. Salud Publica Mex. 2008; 50 Suppl 3:S334-42. PMID: 18604354.
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    38. Barrientos-Gutiérrez T, Reynales-Shigematsu LM, Avila-Tang E, Wipfli H, Lazcano-Ponce E. [Environmental tobacco smoke exposure in homes of Mexico City: analysis of environmental samples and children and women hair]. Salud Publica Mex. 2007; 49 Suppl 2:S224-32. PMID: 17607484.
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    39. Stillman F, Wipfli H, Samet J. Reaching and educating the global tobacco control community: innovative approaches to tobacco control training. Public Health Rep. 2006 Sep-Oct; 121(5):521-8. PMID: 16972505; PMCID: PMC1564455.
    40. Yach D, Wipfli H. A century of smoke. Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 2006 Jul-Sep; 100(5-6):465-79. PMID: 16899149.
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    41. Samet J, Wipfli H, Perez-Padilla R, Yach D. Mexico and the tobacco industry: doing the wrong thing for the right reason? BMJ. 2006 Feb 11; 332(7537):353-4. PMID: 16470060; PMCID: PMC1363920.
    42. Maziak W, Wipfli H. Research Assistance Matching (RAM) Project. Tob Control. 2005 Jun; 14(3):151. PMID: 15923461; PMCID: PMC1748028.
    43. Stillman FA, Wipfli H, Lando HA, Leischow S, Samet JM. Building capacity for international tobacco control research: the global tobacco research network. Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun; 95(6):965-8. PMID: 15914817; PMCID: PMC1449292.
    44. Stillman FA, Wipfli H. New century: same challenges. Br J Cancer. 2005 Apr 11; 92(7):1179-81. PMID: 15812475; PMCID: PMC2361960.
    45. Wipfli H, Stillman F, Tamplin S, da Costa e Silva VL, Yach D, Samet J. Achieving the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control's potential by investing in national capacity. Tob Control. 2004 Dec; 13(4):433-7. PMID: 15564631; PMCID: PMC1747961.
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