Phillip Gardiner, DrPH

Founding Member/Co-Chair

Dr. Gardiner is a Public Health activist, administrator, evaluator and researcher. For the past 30 years, he has worked on studies ranging from Hypertension, Multiculturalism and AIDS. to Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Diabetes and Smoking. Dr. Gardiner received his Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, where he focused on Youth Violence as a public health issue. Throughout his research career, Dr. Gardiner has maintained his community activism to address racial disparities in health through writing, organizing, evaluating and public speaking.

Currently, Dr. Gardiner is the UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship Awards Program Officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), University of California Office of the President.  He also oversees the scientific inquiry associated with e-cigarettes and other new products (e.g. IQOS). In this regard, Dr. Gardiner speaks regularly around the country on the Triangulum: the intersection of tobacco, marijuana and e-cigarettes.  


Additionally, for the past 15 years, Dr. Gardiner has spoken at many national, state and local meetings, calling for the restricted sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products.

Dr. Gardiner is also an adjunct faculty member at Touro University in Vallejo, CA, a graduate medical college, where he teaches a course on Health Disparities. And lastly, but certainly not least, Dr. Gardiner is Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a group of Black professionals dedicated to fighting the scourge of tobacco still impacting the African American community today.