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Clinical Professor of Thoracic Surgery at City of Hope National Medical Center (CA,USA)
Frederic W. Grannis Jr. M.D. is Clinical Professor of Thoracic Surgery at City of Hope National Medical Center. He has spent most of his adult life treating disease caused by tobacco products, including lung cancer, coronary, carotid and peripheral artery disease and chronic obstructive lung disease and emphysema. His extensive experience in the palliative care of patients in the end stages of lung cancer lead to his recognition that treatment of symptomatic, late-stage disease yields poor results and is enormously expensive. He has spent the past 30 years advocating a multi-pronged approach toward disease caused by tobacco products, including first, public policy directed toward prevention of initiation of smoking, particularly among young people, second, improved methods and systems to assist smokers to quit and third, to screen to detect disease in early stage where it can be managed with more effective, less-costly and less-debilitating treatments. He has testified in medical monitoring lawsuits in the states of Massachusetts, New York and California in the belief that tobacco companies should pay the costs of smoking cessation and screening programs for the benefit of their current and former customers.