Dr SachsDavid P.L. Sachs, MD

David P.L. Sachs, MD

Dr. Sachs is an internationally recognized physician, clinician, and research scientist in the field of pulmonary medicine and tobacco dependence. For the past 30 years, he has conducted pioneering research seeking new and improved treatment methodologies for tobacco dependence. In 2003, the United States Patent Office awarded Dr. Sachs a patent on a method to optimize the nicotine patch dose, improving treatment effectiveness for tobacco dependence by four-fold.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, Dr. Sachs received his MD from Stanford University in 1972, and completed internship and medical residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and pulmonary medicine fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center. He has served as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and has also served as one of the developers of the innovative Stanford Faculty Development Program.

Since 2006 he has served as Chair of the American College of Chest Physicians Committee that created a new, completely revised, 3rd Edition of ACCP Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Tool, released June 2010 (This physician- and nurse-friendly tool kit is available at no cost to anyone directly from the College. See http://tobaccodependence.chestnet.org for a preview or to order.). Since 2008 he has served as member of the American Thoracic Society’s Tobacco Action Committee and in 2007 was also instrumental in helping the American Thoracic Society create and fund a permanent new research fund: The Tobacco-Dependence Research Fund.

Since 1985, Dr. Sachs has also been Director of the non-profit Palo Alto Center for Pulmonary Disease Prevention in Palo Alto, California. Research at the Center has been funded primarily by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The American Heart Association, The American Lung Association, a number of pharmaceutical companies, and certain private grants. His results have been pivotal in gaining FDA approval for new drugs, and he regularly serves as a consultant to both government agencies and commercial companies.

In addition to publishing over 100 scientific articles and abstracts, Dr. Sachs has served as a Regular and Special Review Committee Member of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Sections for many years. He has served as a consultant to David Kessler, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Sachs has received many honors and awards over the years. In 2008 he received the Excellence In Teaching Award from the Stanford University School of Medicine and also the Alfred Soffer Research Award for Outstanding Original Scientific Research from the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Sachs is an avid French horn player, recently having participated in chamber music workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Oxford, England. He also enjoys jogging (almost every day) and keeping physically fit. He and his wife of 40 years this May, Bonnie, enjoy attending live performances, and are regular subscribers to the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony.

lucyLucy Huang, RN, BSN

Ms. Huang has worked with Dr. Sachs since 1995. Ms. Huang received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas, Austin, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco. She sees private pulmonary and tobacco-dependent patients along with Dr. Sachs. She serves as Project Manager on all of Dr. Sachs’s clinical research trials and has been a key research associate on several large-scale bupropion SR (Zyban) studies and other cutting-edge trials. She is fluent in Mandarin, and enjoys gardening in her free time.

bonnieBonnie L. Sachs, RN, MS

Ms. Sachs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, with a focus on family systems, from Case Western Reserve University. She has extensive clinical experience, both inpatient and outpatient. She taught in the Master’s Program in nursing at Case Western Reserve University. For the past two decades she has worked with Dr. Sachs in the research and development of effective strategies to treat tobacco dependence. Currently she serves as the Associate Director of the Palo Alto Center for Pulmonary Disease Prevention. Bonnie enjoys walking in nature, reading, and creative, healthy cooking.

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