E. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, MS

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-7966


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Pediatric secondhand smoke exposure reduction; parental tobacco cessation; adolescent tobacco prevention


Dr. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens is a professor at the University of Cincinnati and attending emergency medicine physician in the emergency department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include research on tobacco prevention and education in medical settings.

She has extensive research experience in survey design and tobacco intervention development, and primary quantitative data collection and analysis. She has provided parents and adolescents with tobacco prevention, tobacco cessation and secondhand smoke reduction counseling both in the research and clinical setting. She has been successfully funded for her research by the NIH/National Cancer Institute (K23CA117864 and K22CA163747), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R03HS11038), the American Lung Association (CG-004-N), and the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Woman Scholars Award.

She recently was co-investigator on a technology transfer grant, funded by NHLBI (1-R41HL083540 and 2-R42-HL083540) to develop and evaluate a web-based tobacco cessation educational program for pediatric respiratory therapists and nurses. She is currently the PI on a Career Development award from the National Cancer Institute which is designed to develop and evaluate a parental tobacco cessation intervention in the ED setting.

Education and Training

MD: State University of New York at Brooklyn, NY, 1992.

Residency: The Children's Hospital at Yale-New Haven, CT, 1995.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.


View PubMed Publications


Exploring a Cessation Intervention for Low Income Smokers in an Emergency Setting. Principle Investigator. NIH/National Cancer Institute. Sept 2011 - Aug 2014. K22CA123747.