Prof Thomas J. Glynn, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer

Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine


Thomas J. Glynn, PhD is currently Adjunct Lecturer, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, California. From 1998 to 2014, he was Director, Cancer Science and Trends and Director, International Cancer Control at the American Cancer Society (ACS), in Washington, DC. In these positions, he advised the ACS about emerging research and policy issues in tobacco/cancer prevention and control, recommended tobacco/cancer prevention and control research and policy which is ready for national/global application, and participated in the development of an international cancer control program aimed at promoting tobacco and cancer prevention-related research, advocacy, treatment, and policy change, particularly in middle- and low-income nations.

Prior to coming to the ACS, Dr. Glynn was, from 1991 to 1994, Associate Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Control Science Program and, from 1991 to 1998, Chief of the NCI’s Cancer Control Extramural Research Branch. There, he directed the development of a national program of research aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of cancer, primarily through dietary change, tobacco use reduction, and adherence to cancer screening guidelines. From 1983 to 1991, he was Research Director for the NCI’s Smoking, Tobacco, and Cancer Program.

Dr. Glynn is widely published on cancer and tobacco use prevention and control, both in the scientific literature and for consumer, professional, and patient education audiences. He has served as a consultant on cancer control and tobacco issues to such groups as the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and state and local governments, as well as a wide range of international organizations. He has also served as a Senior Scientific Reviewer for many U.S. Surgeon General’s Reports on Tobacco and Health, as Director of the World Health Organization Study of Health, Economic, and Policy Implications of Tobacco Growth and Consumption in Developing Countries, and has been active in tobacco control programs in Eastern Europe, Central America, and India. His awards include the U.S. National Institutes of Health Merit Award, the Polish Ministry of Health Service Award, the Guatemala National Council for Tobacco Prevention and Control Meritorious Service Award, the American Society of Preventive Oncology Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award, and the SRNT’s John Slade Award.

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