Michael B. Siegel, MD
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

MD, Yale University
MPH, University of California, Berkeley

Michael is a physician who completed his residency in Preventive Medicine at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and trained in epidemiology for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before coming to Boston. His primary research interests are in the areas of tobacco control, alcohol use, and firearm violence. His tobacco work has focused on secondhand smoke health effects, exposure, and policies, cigarette advertising and marketing practices and their effects on youths, and evaluation of tobacco control policies and their impact on youth and adult smoking behavior. His alcohol research has focused on the impact of brand-specific alcohol advertising on youth drinking behavior. His firearm research focuses on the effect of state firearm laws on gun violence rates at the state level. His primary teaching is in the areas of mass communication, marketing, and public health advocacy. He is co-author of a book, entitled “Marketing Public Health: Strategies to Promote Social Change,” that grew out of his teaching experience at the School. He has been active in promoting smoke-free bar and restaurant policies throughout the country and has served as an expert witness in several major tobacco litigation cases.

Identifying Shared Values to Support an Inclusive Culture of Health around Firearms: What Communication Messages Work?
12/15/2018 - 12/14/2021 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Impact of State-Level Firearms Laws on Homicide Rates by Race/Ehtnicity
01/01/2017 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
Department of Justice/NIJ

Building a Culture of Health around Firearms: The Relationship between Social Gun Culture, Gun Ownership, Fire
07/01/2016 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Alcohol Brand Research Among Underage Drinkers
09/20/2011 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University NIH NIAAA

Alcohol Brand Research Among Underage Drinkers
09/20/2011 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University NIH NIAAA

Tobacco Use Trajectories Amid Fluctuating State Program Budgets
07/01/2004 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
University of Massachusetts, Boston NIH NCI

Protecting Workers and the Public from Secondhand Smoke the Impact of Clean Indoor Air Policies on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Smoking Behavior
07/01/2002 - 06/30/2005 (PI)
Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute

Denormalizing Smoking Via Policy and Media Interventions
07/20/2000 - 06/30/2004 (PI)
University of Massachusetts, Boston NIH NCI

The Tobacco Industry Sponsorship Research Project
07/01/1998 - 06/30/2001 (PI)
American Cancer Society, National

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  1. Siegel M, Sherman R, Li C, Knopov A. The Relationship between Racial Residential Segregation and Black-White Disparities in Fatal Police Shootings at the City Level, 2013-2017. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019 Jun 27. PMID: 31256868.
  2. Greisen C, Grossman ER, Siegel M, Sager M. Public Health and the Four P's of Marketing: Alcohol as a Fundamental Example. J Law Med Ethics. 2019 Jun; 47(2_suppl):51-54. PMID: 31298122.
  3. Siegel M, Pahn M, Xuan Z, Fleegler E, Hemenway D. The Impact of State Firearm Laws on Homicide and Suicide Deaths in the USA, 1991-2016: a Panel Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Mar 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30924089; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-019-04922-x;.
  4. Knopov A, Sherman RJ, Raifman JR, Larson E, Siegel MB. Household Gun Ownership and Youth Suicide Rates at the State Level, 2005-2015. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Mar; 56(3):335-342.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30661885.
  5. Siegel M. Implications of the Australian Experience With Firearm Regulation for US Gun Policy. Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov; 108(11):1438-1439. PMID: 30303723.
  6. Knopov A, Rothman EF, Cronin SW, Franklin L, Cansever A, Potter F, Mesic A, Sharma A, Xuan Z, Siegel M, Hemenway D. The Role of Racial Residential Segregation in Black-White Disparities in Firearm Homicide at the State Level in the United States, 1991-2015. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019 Feb; 111(1):62-75.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30129481; DOI: 10.1016/j.jnma.2018.06.002;.
  7. Collins T, Greenberg R, Siegel M, Xuan Z, Rothman EF, Cronin SW, Hemenway D. State Firearm Laws and Interstate Transfer of Guns in the USA, 2006-2016. J Urban Health. 2018 Jun; 95(3):322-336.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29671188.
  8. Amin G, Siegel M, Naimi T. National Cancer Societies and their public statements on alcohol consumption and cancer risk. Addiction. 2018 Oct; 113(10):1802-1808.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29696713.
  9. Stokes A, Collins JM, Berry KM, Reynolds LM, Fetterman JL, Rodriguez CJ, Siegel MB, Benjamin EJ. Electronic Cigarette Prevalence and Patterns of Use in Adults with a History of Cardiovascular Disease in the United States. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Apr 26; 7(9).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29700041.
  10. Berry KM, Reynolds LM, Collins JM, Siegel MB, Fetterman JL, Hamburg NM, Bhatnagar A, Benjamin EJ, Stokes A. E-cigarette initiation and associated changes in smoking cessation and reduction: the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, 2013-2015. Tob Control. 2019 01; 28(1):42-49.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29574448.
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Reuters 4/8/2019

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Healio 4/4/2019

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10 Essential Facts About Guns and Suicide

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USA Today 4/3/2019

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MedPage Today 3/29/2019

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The Guardian 3/29/2019

Big tobacco: top US arts institutions under fire for accepting donations

The Guardian 3/29/2019

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Boston 25 News 3/29/2019

Steve Schild: Don't Let Dislike Of Smoking Cloud The Thinking On E-Cigarettes

Winona Daily News 3/23/2019

A Switch to Vaping Reduces 8 Biomarkers of Smoking As Much As Abstinence

Reason.com 2/25/2019

Charlie Baker’s tax could drive vapers back to cigs, doctors say

The Boston Herald 2/9/2019

More youth suicides seen in states with high gun ownership rate

Reuters 2/8/2019

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Green Matters 2/5/2019

No smoking? Hawaii lawmaker wants to say goodbye to cigarettes forever

USA Today 2/5/2019

More Gun Owners, Higher Risk of Youth Suicides?

HealthDay News 1/25/2019

Higher rates of gun ownership drives up youth suicides: Every 10% spike in firearms equates to 27% increase in children taking their lives, first-of-its kind study finds

Daily Mail UK 1/17/2019

Youth Suicide Rates Higher in States With More Guns

US News and World Reports 1/17/2019

Household Guns Linked to Youth Suicides

Pacific Standard 1/17/2019

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?

The New Yorker 1/14/2019

Schools Tackle Vaping ‘Blitz’

Cape Cod Times 1/14/2019

FDA Restricts Flavored E-cigarettes, but Not the Real Killers. Huh?

BU Today 11/27/2018

Are E-Cigarettes Safe? Here's What the Science Says

TIME 11/2/2018

FDA Launches Campaign To Deter Kids From Vaping, And Puts Pressure On E-Cig Companies

WBUR 9/19/2018

Will the Government Ban E-Cigarettes?

BU Today 9/17/2018

Health researcher calls on NIH to retract statement about alcohol and cancer risk

Stat 9/13/2018

The FDA issues a warning: Teen vaping is ‘an epidemic’

The Boston Globe 9/12/2018

POV: When It Comes to Firearms, 3D-Printed Guns Aren’t the Biggest Threat

BU Today 8/9/2018

Vape King Juul Wants Everyone to Chill Out

Bloomberg Businessweek 8/1/2018

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Health News Review 7/16/2018

The Addictive Nature Of JUUL E-Cigarettes

WBUR 6/19/2018

Health Highlights: June 18, 2018

HealthDay 6/18/2018

NIH ends study of how moderate drinking might improve health

The Seattle Times 6/15/2018

Controversial NIH study of ‘moderate drinking’ will be terminated after scathing report

STAT 6/15/2018

In Fighting Opioids, Just the Facts Isn’t Enough

BU Today 6/4/2018

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul

The New Yorker 5/14/2018

Boston University School of Public Health professor Michael Siegel has done extensive research on gun control from a public health perspective. He spoke about firearm violence in the United States

Facebook 5/10/2018

In many states, gun-law proponents face uphill battle

Press Herald 4/25/2018

Fla. officials who try to strengthen gun laws can be personally fined, kicked out of office

The Washington Post 4/25/2018

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

The New York Times 4/24/2018

Science AMA Series: I’m Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. I do research on firearm violence. AMA!

Reddit 4/19/2018

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism clinical trial should be halted

The Hill 4/14/2018

Springfield man killed his fiancée. He wishes there hadn't been a gun at home

Springfield News Leader 4/6/2018

NIH rejected a study of alcohol advertising while pursuing industry funding for other research

STAT News 4/2/2018

These states are responding to the Parkland shooting by trying to do something about gun control

Think Progress 3/31/2018

Did Big Alcohol Fund Study On Benefits Of Moderate Drinking?

The Fix 3/23/2018

Why states, not Congress, are passing more gun laws

PBS News Hour 3/23/2018

The alcohol industry gave the government money to prove moderate drinking is safe

Vox 3/21/2018

A study examines alcohol’s benefits. The industry is funding it

Watertown Daily Times 3/18/2018

Federal Agency Courted Alcohol industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking

The New York Times 3/17/2018

A Hidden Factor In Police Shootings Of Black Americans: Decades Of Housing Segregation

The Intercept 3/10/2018

How the firearms industry influences US gun culture, in 6 charts

The Coversation 2/23/2018

Baltimore Sun columnist: Call off the city's war on drugs

Baltimore Sun 2/20/2018

How Structural Racism is Linked to Higher Rates of Police Violence

City Lab 2/15/2018

Big tobacco’s offer: $1 billion for research. Should scientists take it?

Science Magazine 2/8/2018

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The Huffington Post 2/8/2018

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