Cancer Center Cessation Initiative

In 2017, NCI launched the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative, as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot℠ program. The long-term goal of this Initiative is to help cancer centers build and implement sustainable tobacco cessation treatment programs to routinely address tobacco cessation with cancer patients.


C3I Selected Resources

Download Fact Sheet
… the evidence becomes progressively stronger that, if patients are current smokers and they develop cancer, their outcome as a group will be better if they stop smoking. This is something that … we are striving to have as standard of care at all of the NCI-designated cancer centers.”
NCI Principal Deputy Director Dr. Douglas R. Lowy, The Cancer Letter

How will the funded sites enhance the delivery of tobacco cessation treatment at their cancer center?

  • Refining electronic medical records and clinical workflows to ensure the systematic identification and documentation of smokers and the routine delivery of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment services
  • Overcoming patient, clinician, clinic, and health system barriers to providing tobacco cessation treatment services
  • Achieving institutional buy-in that treating tobacco use is a component of organizational “Standard of Care”
  • Creating mechanisms to sustain tobacco cessation treatment services so that they continue beyond the funding period of the initiative

What does the Coordinating Center do?

The Coordinating Center is based at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. The Coordinating Center supports the funded sites by:

  • Ensuring that science-based smoking cessation treatment services are integrated into the clinical care of funded cancer centers
  • Providing technical assistance in the areas of electronic health record (EHR) integration, clinical workflow change management, and addressing health disparities as they relate to the delivery of smoking cessation treatment services
  • Serving as the hub of knowledge integration, including the sharing of best practices across funded Centers and for the cancer clinical community more broadly.

The Coordinating Center at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) is led by Betsy Rolland, Michael Fiore, Sarah Hohl, Mara Minion, Timothy Baker, Danielle Pauk, and Rob Adsit.

Research Centers/Funded Sites

To explore funded sites, click on the icon in the top left corner of the map, click on any pin on the map, or scroll down to view a funded initiatives table.


Pin Color Year
Cancer Center Project Director(s) Address Tobacco Cessation
FY17 FY18 FY20
Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania Robert Schnoll, Ph.D.,
Frank Leone, M.D., M.S
3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 check-mark    
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University Ayman Soubani, M.D.,
Michele Cote, Ph.D., M.P.H.
4100 John R Street, Detroit, MI 48201   check-mark  
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D. 2103 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH 44106 check-mark    
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Beckman Research Institute Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D. 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010     check-mark
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor University Maria Mejia de Grubb, M.D. 7200 Cambridge St. Houston, TX 77030 check-mark    
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Nancy Rigotti, M.D. 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215   check-mark  
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth College Steven Leach, M.D. (FY20),
Konstantin Dragnev, M.D. (FY18)
One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756   check-mark check-mark
Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University James Davis, M.D. 2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710 check-mark    
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Hossein Borghaei, D.O., M.S.
Linda Fleisher, Ph.D., M.P.H.

333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111     check-mark
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / University of Washington Cancer Consortium Matthew Triplette, M.D., M.P.H.,
Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D.
1100 Fairview Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109     check-mark
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Kathryn Taylor, Ph.D.,
Chul Kim, M.D.
3970 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 check-mark    
Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Simon Craddock Lee, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Andrew Day, M.D., M.P.H.
2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75390   check-mark  
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University Alfred Neugut, M.D., Ph.D.,
David Albert, D.D.S., M.P.H.
1130 St Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10032   check-mark  
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa David Katz, M.D., M.Sc.,
Mark Vander Weg, Ph.D.
200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242 check-mark    
Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D. 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC 29425 check-mark    
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah David Wetter, Ph.D., M.S.,
Cho Lam, Ph.D.
2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 check-mark    
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Karen Hudmon, Dr.P.H. 535 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202 check-mark    
University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center Jessica Burris, Ph.D. 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536 check-mark   check-mark
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota Anne Joseph, M.D., M.P.H., Janet Thomas, Ph.D., L.P. 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 check-mark    
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center David Warner, M.D. 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905   check-mark check-mark
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Janice Blalock, Ph.D. 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 91, Houston, TX 77030     check-mark
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Jamie Ostroff, Ph.D. 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065   check-mark  
Moffitt Cancer Center Vani Nath Simmons, Ph.D. 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612   check-mark  
Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego David Strong, Ph.D. 3855 Health Sciences Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093     check-mark
Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Steffani Bailey, Ph.D.
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239   check-mark  
University of Alabama, Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., M.P.H. 1824 6th Avenue S., Birmingham, AL 35294     check-mark
Perlmutter Cancer Center, New York University Langone Health Donna Shelley, M.D., M.P.H.,
Scott Sherman, M.D., M.P.H.
550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016 check-mark    
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Brian Hitsman, Ph.D.,
Timothy Pearman, Ph.D.
303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611   check-mark check-mark
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Christine Sheffer, Ph.D.,
Andrew Hyland, Ph.D.
Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263   check-mark check-mark
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers University Michael Steinberg, M.D., M.P.H.,
Mary Hrywna, Ph.D., M.P.H.
195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901     check-mark
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University Kuang-Yi Wen, Ph.D. 233 S. 10th Street, Room 1050, Philadelphia, PA 19107     check-mark
Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University Li-Shiun Chen, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H. 660 S. Euclid Avenue, Street Louis, MO 63110 check-mark   check-mark
Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University Judith Prochaska, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Matthew Kendra, Ph.D.
265 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305   check-mark check-mark
The Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Karen Wilson, M.D., M.P.H./M.S.P.H. One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029   check-mark  
The University of Arizona Cancer Center Tracy Crane, Ph.D. (FY18, FY20), Judith Gordon, Ph.D. (FY20), Linda Garland, M.D. (FY18, FY20) 1515 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724   check-mark check-mark
The University of Kansas Cancer Center Kimber Richter, Ph.D., M.P.H. 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66160 check-mark    
University of California-Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California at Davis Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A. 4501 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817 check-mark    
University of California San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Joseph Guydish, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Janice Tsoh, Ph.D.
1450 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94115   check-mark  
University of North Carolina, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H. (FY17, FY20),
Kimberley Shoenbill, M.D., Ph.D. (FY20),
Laurel Sisler, LCSW, LCAS, CTTS (FY17)
450 West Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 check-mark   check-mark
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Andrea King, Ph.D.,
Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D.
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 check-mark    
University of Colorado Cancer Center Arnold Levinson, Ph.D., M.J. 13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045 check-mark    
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Maryland Niharika Khanna, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.G.O. 22 S Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201     check-mark
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center Lawrence An, M.D. (FY20),
Ken Resnicow, Ph.D. (FY18)
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109   check-mark check-mark
University of New Mexico, Comprehensive Cancer Center Emrullah Yilmaz, M.D., Ph.D., Linda Cook, Ph.D. 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131 check-mark    
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Hillman Cancer Center Esa Davis, M.D.,
Dana Bovbjerg, Ph.D.
5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232   check-mark  
University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Matthew Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. 1441 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089     check-mark
University of Virginia Cancer Center Roger Anderson, Ph.D.,
Robert Klesges, Ph.D.
6171 West Complex, Charlottesville, VA 22908 check-mark    
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H. 691 Preston Research Building, Nashville, TN 37232 check-mark    
Virginia Commonwealth University, Massey Cancer Center Darlene Brunzell, Ph.D.,
Rashelle Hayes, Ph.D.
401 College Street, Richmond, VA 23298   check-mark  
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center Eric Donny, Ph.D.,
Erin Sutfin, Ph.D.
1 Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157   check-mark  
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University Kristin Higgins, M.D. 1365C Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322   check-mark  
Yale Cancer Center, Yale University Lisa Fucito, Ph.D., Steven Bernstein, M.D. 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06520 check-mark   check-mark

News and Publications

Featured Funding Opportunities


Past Projects

Last Updated
December 15, 2022