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Eric E. Stafne (1935-2010)
Brief Biographical Data
Eric E. Stafne, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Clinical Professor and Director, Tobacco Cessation Program
School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota
Dr. Stafne was a Clinical Professor, Division of Periodontology, Department of
Developmental and Surgical Sciences in the School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. Before
coming to the University full time, he was in private practice limited to
periodontics for 25 years in St. Paul. Dr. Stafne has served as president of the
St. Paul District Dental Society, Minnesota Association of Periodontists,
Minnesota Division of the American Cancer Society, Upper Midwest Section of the
American College of Dentists, and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Among awards and honors that Dr. Stafne has received are Fellowship in the
American College of Dentists 1970, Fellowship in the International College of
Dentists 1977, American Cancer Society National Division Award 1989, School of
Dentistry Teacher of the Year 1990 and 1993, St. Paul District Dental Society
Outstanding Service Award 1995, Michael J. Loupe Award for Excellence and
Innovation in Dental Education 1996, the Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award 2000, the Lynn Smith Award for Excellence in Tobacco Control 2001, and the 2006 Minnesota Dental Association Guest of Honor.
Dr. Stafne served on the ASSIST (American Stop Smoking Intervention Study)
coordinating and advisory committee of the Minnesota coalition. He also served
as co-chair of the health care subcommittee on the Minnesota tobacco
settlement foundations Cessation Advisory Committee. Dr. Stafne was a member of
the planning committee of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and
Dependence and is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition.
Until his death in August, 2010, Dr. Stafne served as the Director of the Tobacco Cessation Program and
Clinic at the School of Dentistry. He was involved with tobacco dependence
treatment research and was a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and
Tobacco. Dr. Stafne also directed an individual tobacco cessation counseling
clinic at the School of Dentistry. In addition to his School of Dentistry tobacco
prevention and cessation lectures and seminars, Dr. Stafne provided training
workshops in tobacco control to various local, state and national organizations
and health care providers' offices and clinics.