Biography: Dr. Alan Blum, who hails from New York, joined the faculty of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences in 1999 as professor and the first holder of the Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair in Family Medicine. A graduate of Amherst College and Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Blum completed his family medicine residency and fellowhip at the University of Miami. He was editor of the Medical Journal of Australia and the New York State Journal of Medicine and then served 13 years on the faculty in family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Blum's involvement in counteracting the tobacco pandemic led him, as a resident, to form DOC (Doctors Ought to Care), a national organization focusing on school-based and community-wide health promotion. For this effort, Dr. Blum received the first National Public Health Award of the American Academy of Family Physicians. At the University of Alabama, Dr. Blum has established the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. The Center is the largest historical archive in the world of original materials about the tobacco industry, cigarette marketing, and anti-smoking advocacy throughout the 20th century.
Conflicts of Interest: Accepted honoraria from McNeil and Glaxo in the late 1990s for a period of approximately two years to give presentations at medical societies and noon conferences for residents. Accepted an honorarium from Pfizer in the early 1990s to give one presentation and to develop a poster on cardiovascular effects of cigarette smoking. In 2007, accepted an honorarium from Pfizer to participate in a panel at the University of Illinois - Rockford to develop a monograph on smoking cessation for rural populations.