MICHAEL J. PASKOW | Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


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Senior Manager, Health Research, Health, Science, and Technology

As the Senior Manager of Health Research for Health, Science, and Technology, Michael J. Paskow, MPH, is responsible for identifying gaps within existing research to aid the Foundation in its efforts to end smoking in this generation. He works to address these gaps through developing unique research assets that use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Michael also manages foundation-funded projects and collaborates with grantees to ensure the conduct of high-quality research that aligns with the Foundation’s objectives.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Michael worked at the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) for nearly three years as the Director of Scientific Affairs and Research. There, he directed the research agenda that included convening consensus panels, fielding NSF’s index and polls, collaborating with key stakeholders to compose consumer technology standards, and developing and managing epidemiological research studies. Before the NSF, Michael served as an epidemiologist at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health for almost two years. He reviewed numerous cardiovascular, neurologic, in-vitro diagnostic, bariatric, and ophthalmic devices, while aiding in the initiative to establish specific device-type registries for leverage in the approval process.

Michael’s prior research experience entailed exploring racial differences in bladder cancer rates, under the mentorship of Dr. Donald Henson. His passion for cancer epidemiology took him to the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg, Germany, where he led the quality-of-life assessment efforts (under Dr. Cornelia Ulrich) for an international cohort study of patients with colorectal cancer for nearly three years, prior to serving at the FDA.
Michael is based in Washington, DC. He earned a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he graduated magna cum laude.