Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH

Professor, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health
Co-Chair, Tobacco Cessation, Prevention and Policy research group
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Phone Number: 
(520) 626-1090

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Professional Bio: 

Dr. Muramoto has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 42 translational research studies, 27 involving testing of novel pharmacologic, behavioral, and system interventions for tobacco cessation. The majority of her community-engaged tobacco cessation translational research has focused on ethnic/racial minority groups (Latino, American Indian, rural African American), low-income populations, and other special populations (rural, adolescents, pregnant women, military, and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners). Consequently, she has experience with custom development and/or tailoring of training interventions for a broad range of special population audiences. Specific to this proposal, Dr. Muramoto has considerable expertise in the development, implementation and evaluation of public health and clinical intervention/prevention programs for health professional, paraprofessional, student and lay audiences. This includes three state-wide tobacco cessation intervention training programs for healthcare and public health professionals, three national and international substance abuse faculty development programs, and the implementation of modular tobacco cessation curriculum and cancer prevention curriculum into medical schools in the US, India and Indonesia.

Dr. Muramoto is well versed in the development and mixed-methods evaluation of web-based and other technology-based training programs. She is currently leading a mixed-methods study to develop and test a brief tobacco cessation training and office system intervention for chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists (CAM practitioners). She is also leading a mixed methods study to develop and pilot test a web-based tobacco cessation training and clinical competency assessment for CAM practitioners.  As an outgrowth of these two studies of CAM practitioners, Dr. Muramoto began exploring the potential for massage therapists to engage in skin cancer screening and referral and promotion of personal sun safety with their clients.

Dr. Muramoto is currently conducting a pilot study national survey of the awareness, attitudes, behaviors and experiences of massage therapists and massage therapy clients with regards to skin cancer and sun safety behaviors.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Research Member
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Selected Publications: 
  1. Muramoto ML, Lando HA. Faculty Development in Tobacco Cessation: Training Health Professionals and Promoting Tobacco Control in Developing Countries. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2009; (September); 28:498-506.
  2. Yuan NP, Wind S, Nichter M, Nichter M, Castañeda H, Carruth L, Muramoto ML. Types of Lay Health Influencers in Tobacco Cessation: A Qualitative Study. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2010; 34(5): 607-617.
  3. Muramoto ML, Wassum K, Connolly T, Matthews E, Ford L. Helpers Program: A Pilot Test of Brief Tobacco Intervention Training in Three Corporations. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010; 38(3S):s319-s326.
  4. Ng N, Nichter M, Padmawati RS, Prabandari YS, Muramoto ML, Nichter M. Bringing smoking cessation to diabetes clinics in Indonesia. Chronic Illness (in press).
Collaborative Research: 
NIH/NCI   1R01CA137375-01A1
(PI: Muramoto) 7/1/09 – 5/30/2014
Tobacco Cessation Training for Acupuncture, Massage, & Chiropractic Practitioners
The major purpose of this project is to address a pressing need to develop and test the effectiveness of cessation training that is grounded in guideline-based treatment and that is relevant and appropriate for CAM practitioners.
NABI Biopharmaceuticals
(PI Leischow) (12/31/09 – 1/1/11)
A Phase 3, Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess Efficacy and
Safety of 3 aminiomethylnicotine-P aeruginosa r-Exoprotein A Conjugate Vaccine (NicVAX) as an Aid to
Smoking Cessation. Role: Co-I, Medical Director
NIH/Fogarty   1RO1TW007944-01
(PI: Nichter) (9/1/07 –8/30/12)           
Cessation Research and Training in India and Indonesia          
The major purpose of this project is to develop academic-community research partnerships and practice-based research networks to support tobacco cessation research in India and Indonesia. Role: Co-PI
NCI R21 CA127787
PI Muramoto  (1/1/08 – 12/31/10)
Parents Awareness Reducing Exposure to Nicotine and Tobacco  (PARENT)  
The major purpose of this project is to develop and pilot test a system intervention for private licensed childcare centers to reduce second hand smoke exposure for children by influencing parental tobacco use.
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Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 

2006-2009 - National Institute of Drug Abuse, Treatment Research Review Subcommittee, Charter Member
2006 - Scientific Advisory Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, Richmond Center of Excellence on Children
2005-2007 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Consumer Demand Expert Roundtable
2005 - National Heart Lung and Blood Institute R18 Review Committee, Member
2005 - Center for Medicare Services Expert Panel on Tobacco Dependence Treatment, Member
2003,2005 - California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Social and Participatory Research Study Section
2002-2005 - Scientific Advisory Group, Maine Tobacco Treatment Initiative
2001-2003 - Consultant to World Bank Group on tobacco cessation projects in Indonesia, Romania
2001 - American Legacy Foundation, Advisory Committee on Helplines for Pregnant Smokers
2000 - American Academy of Pediatrics Child Health Research Center Tobacco Consortium
2000-2001 - American Legacy Foundation, Emerging Science Advisory Panel
1998 - Society for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Member

Academic Information

Family Medicine, University of Arizona
Medical School: 
University of Arizona, 1985
Master's Degree: 
Master of public health degree, University of Arizona Graduate Program in Public Health, now the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 1999
Undergraduate School: 
B.S. Nutritional Science, University of Arizona, 1981