Dr. Brad Rodu
Dr. Brad Rodu was Chair of Oral Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham when he published For Smokers Only in 1995. Since then, he has been in the forefront of research and policy development regarding tobacco harm reduction – permanent nicotine maintenance with safer tobacco products by smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit smoking with conventional cessation methods.
At UAB, Dr. Rodu held positions in several departments in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Dentistry. In 2005, he moved to the University of Louisville as Professor of Medicine and was appointed as the first holder of an Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction Research at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
Dr. Rodu has authored or co-authored 40 peer-reviewed professional publications regarding tobacco that have appeared in a broad range of medical and scientific journals, including Nature, The American Journal of Medicine, Epidemiology and Journal of Clinical Oncology. He has written commentaries for th egeneral press and served as an expert witness at a 2003 Congressional hearing on tobacco harm reduction. Dr. Rodu has spoken at international forums, including one at the British Houses of Parliament, and has testified at numerous state legislative hearings.
A native of Ohio, Dr. Rodu earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University in 1977. After an oral pathology residency at Emory University, Dr. Rodu completed fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that were sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.