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Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H. Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, UNC Family Medicine | UNC-Chapel Hill


Professor, UNC Family Medicine. Director of UNC Tobacco Intervention Programs. Director of Departmental Advancement







real doctors, real people - Adam Goldstein Medicine Grand Rounds: October 18, 2007




Dr. Adam Goldstein is a Professor and Director of Departmental Advancement at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is the Director of Tobacco Intervention Programs (Nicotine Dependence Program and Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program) at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein’s research has had extensive local, regional and national influence through print, radio and television media, with over 200 articles, essays, book chapters and books, featured in CNN, CBS evening news, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Dr. Goldstein mentors medical students, residents, fellows and graduate students and has taught internationally on leadership development, substance abuse, health policy, cancer and clinical medicine in Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Argentina, Chile, Haiti and Israel. He is the founder and Co-Host of UNC Health Care’s YOUR HEALTH®, a syndicated, weekly one hour radio show on health, healing, medical care and ethics (www.yourhealthradio.org). He is married to Dr. Beth Goldstein and they have three children.

Industry Expertise (6)


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Health Care - Services


Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (5)

Health Policy

Tobacco Regulatory Science

Health Communication

Gun Violence Prevention


Accomplishments (1)

Hometown Hero Award (personal)


2011 WCHL Hometown Hero Award, Chapel Hill, NC, December, 2010

Affiliations (3)

  • Nicotine Dependence Program
  • Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP)
  • Your Health Radio

Media Appearances (5)

Armed Teens: Gun Laws Make a Difference

MedPage Today  online


Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a family medicine professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill said that given the gun related violence in the U.S., unsupervised youth access to and carrying of guns is "a major public policy and public health concern." "As family physicians and pediatricians, we need to ask our pediatric patients if they have access to firearms and/or carry them," said Goldstein, who was not involved in the study, in an email. "Reducing gun-related violence by and to youth remains a public health emergency everyone can agree upon."...

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Studies Suggest E-cigarettes Don't Aid Long-term Smoking Cessation

AAFP  online


AAFP member Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H., of Chapel Hill, N.C., lives and works in the heart of tobacco country and directs a nationally known nicotine dependence program(www.med.unc.edu) that treats more than 2,000 tobacco users a year. Goldstein said most of his group's patients want to quit smoking, yet the majority of them are not successful without assistance. The group offers patients behavioral counseling and FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications to increase their success rate, but he won't recommend e-cigarette use without far more research, he said...

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Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?

VOA Learning English  online


The author of the article is a professor at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Adam Goldstein says secondhand smoke causes many diseases in children. These diseases include asthma and pneumonia. He adds that no amount of secondhand smoke is safe...

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Children of smokers are 'up to four times more likely to get heart disease later in life'

Daily Mail  online


Adam Goldstein, a professor in family medicine, says exposure is as abusive as leaving children unattended in hot car, or drink driving. He claims he was forced to speak out after caring for 'too many children hospitalised with asthma and pneumonia, caused in large part to their repeated exposure to secondhand smoke'. Dr Goldsteimn argues that purposefully and repeatedly exposing children to a something known to cause cancer in humans would strike many people as child abuse Dr Goldsteimn argues that purposefully and repeatedly exposing children to a something known to cause cancer in humans would strike many people as child abuse His controversial opinion piece has been published in the latest issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. In it, he argues that purposefully and repeatedly exposing children to a something known to cause cancer in humans would strike many people as child abuse. 'But what if the substance is secondhand smoke?,' he asks. Dr Goldstein, who is director of the tobacco intervention programs in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, says the damage from smoke is 'as abusive as many other commonly accepted physical and emotional traumas of children'...

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Cigarettes Linked to More Deaths Than Previously Thought

AAFP  online


AAFP member Adam Goldstein, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor in the family medicine department at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and an expert on smoking cessation. He told AAFP News it's common knowledge that smoking cigarettes and using other forms of tobacco are the primary preventable causes of premature death and disease, with almost a third of cancers causally linked to tobacco use. But Goldstein said the focus should now be less about new conditions linked to smoking and more about helping people quit...

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Articles (5)

Smoking cessation in pregnancy: a review of postpartum relapse prevention strategies

The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

2004 OBJECTIVE: Review and examine existing research, current strategies, and directions for future research on smoking cessation relapse and relapse prevention in pregnancy and postpartum.

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Tobacco and alcohol use in G-rated children's animated films


1999 OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence and characteristics associated with tobacco and alcohol use portrayed in G-rated, animated feature films.

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Brand Logo Recognition by Children Aged 3 to 6 Years : Mickey Mouse and Old Joe the Camel


1991 OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the influence of advertising on very young children. We, therefore, measured product logo recognition by subjects aged 3 to 6 years.

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Relationship between high school student smoking and recognition of cigarette advertisements

The Journal of Pediatrics

1987 METHODS The study was conducted as part of a 2-day health awareness program in a private senior high school. The sample included all 306 students in grades 9 through 12 who attended classes on the study date. The data were collected with a 40-itcm ...

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Hospital nurse counseling of patients who smoke

American Journal of Public Health

1987 ABSTRACT: Smoking-related diseases comprise a large portion of hospital admissions. This paper reports the attitudes and behaviors of a group of hospital-based nurses toward counseling patients on smoking cessation. The majority of nurses do not counsel patients who smoke. ...

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