Babalola Faseru, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Babalola Faseru MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health (primary) and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  An internationally-trained physician and epidemiologist, Babalola's primary research area is in cancer prevention and control, with a focus on nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. He has research experience in smoking cessation behavioral treatment, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacokinetics in both clinical and community-based settings. His broad goal is to unravel the biobehavioral mechanisms underlying health disparities due to tobacco use and other preventable chronic disease risk factors among underserved populations. His current research is focused on examining behavioral, genetic and environmental determinants of persistent smoking and smoking-related health disparities among understudied populations such as minority populations and hospitalized smokers. Babalola's research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Cancer Society (ACS). These studies include the Kick It at Swope project,-enhancing tobacco use treatment for African-American light smokers, TCTAB- a longitudinal study of tobacco use among American Indian Tribal College Students, EQUIP- Increasing post-discharge follow-up among hospitalized smokers and 2KanQuit- smoking cessation intervention for  partners of  hospitalized smokers. He is also involved in studies on cancer prevention, child safety, injury prevention and HIV/AIDs in Nigeria. He is a full member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Center for American-Indian Community Health. Babalola teaches Principles of Epidemiology and mentors medical, public health and research students in epidemiology, international health, public health in developing countries and health disparities research. He was the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Public Health Teaching at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (Selected from 32 peer-reviewed publications)

  • Faseru B, Barengo NC, Sandström HP, Omokhodion FO. Smoking behavior and perception of risk among Nigerian medical students. Prevention and Control. 2006;2(2):103-109.
  • Okuyemi KS, Faseru B, Cox LS, Bronars CA, Ahluwalia JS. Relationship between menthol cigarettes and smoking cessation among African American light smokers. Addiction 2007 Dec;102(12):1979-86.
  • Omokhodion FO, Faseru B. Perception of cigarette smoking and advertisement among senior secondary school students in Ibadan, Southwestern Nigeria. West Afr J Med. 2007 Jul-Sep;26(3):206-9.
  • Sangowawa, A.O., Owoaje, E.T., Faseru, B., Ekanem, S.E.U. & Adekunle, B.J. Perceived causes of motorcycle crashes in Oyo state, Southwestern Nigeria. Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care. 2008; 20 (2) 8-13.
  • Sangowawa, A.O., Owoaje, E.T., Faseru, B., Ebong, I.P. & Adekunle, B.J. Sexual Practices of Deaf and Hearing Secondary School Students in Ibadan, Nigeria. Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine 2009 Jun;7(1):26-30
  • Faseru B, Yeh HW, Ellerbeck EF, Befort C, Richter KP. Prevalence and predictors of tobacco treatment in an academic medical center.  Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf.  2009 Nov;35(11):551-7. PMCID: PMC2796192.
  • Ho MK, Faseru B, Choi WS, Nollen NL, Mayo MS, Thomas JL, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS, Benowitz NL, Tyndale RF. Utility and relationships of biomarkers of smoking in African-American light smokers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.  2009 Dec;18(12):3426-34. PMCID: PMC2791893.
  • Faseru B, Cox LS, Bronars CA, Opole I, Reed GA, Mayo MS, Ahluwalia JS, Okuyemi KS.  Design, recruitment, and retention of African‑American smokers in a pharmacokinetic study. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2010 Jan 19;10:6.  PMCID: PMC2850393.
  • Sangowawa, A.O., Alagh, B.T., Ekanem, S.E., Ebong, I.P., Faseru, B., Adekunle, B.J. & Uchendu, O.C. An observational study of seatbelt use among vehicle occupants in Nigeria. Inj Prev. 2010 Apr;16(2):85-9.
  • Faseru B, Daley CM, Gajewski B, Pacheco CM, Choi WS.  A longitudinal study of tobacco use among American Indian and Alaska Native tribal college students BMC Public Health, 2010 Oct 18;10:617.  PMCID: PMC2964633.
  • Adebiyi AO, Faseru B, Sangowawa AO, Owoaje ET. Tobacco use amongst out of school adolescents in a Local Government Area in Nigeria. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2010, Oct 18;5:24. PMCID: PMC2978201
  • Engelman, K.K., Daley, C.M., Gajewski, B.J., Ndikum-Moffor, F., Faseru, B., Braiuca, S., Joseph, S., Ellerbeck, E.F. & Greiner, K.A. An Assessment of American Indian Women's Mammography Experiences BMC Women's Health 2010, 10:34 PMCID:  PMC3018433
  • Sangowawa, A.O., Owoaje, E.T., Faseru, B., Ebong, I.P. & Alagh, B.T. A comparative study of HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes of hearing-impaired and non-hearing-impaired secondary school students in Ibadan. Niger J Clin Pract. 2010; 13 (4):453-458.
  • Cox LS, Faseru B, Mayo MS, Krebill R, Snow TS, Bronars CA, Nollen NL, Choi WS, Okuyemi KS, Salzman GA, Benowitz NL, Tyndale RF, Ahluwalia JS.  Design, baseline characteristics, and retention of African American light smokers into a randomized trial involving biological data.  Trials.  2011 Jan 25;12:22.  PMCID: PMC3038942
  • Daley DM, Faseru B, Nazir N, Solomon C, Greiner KA, Ahluwalia JS, Choi WS.  Influence of traditional tobacco use on smoking cessation among American Indians.  Addiction.  2011;106(5):1003-1009. Epub 2011 Feb 10  doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03391.  PMCID: PMC3074043
  • Faseru B, Turner M, Casey G, Ruder C, Befort CA, Ellerbeck EF, Richter KP. Evaluation of a hospital-based tobacco treatment services: Outcomes and lessons learned. J Hosp Med. 2011 Apr;6(4):143-150. Epub 2010 Nov 24. PMCID: PMC3081657
  • Choi WS, Faseru B, Beebe LA, Greiner KA, Yeh HW, Shireman T, Talawyma, M, Cully L, Kaur B, Daley CM Culturally-Tailored Smoking Cessation for American Indians: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 12(1), 126. PMCID: PMC3117716
  • Katz, D., Tang, F., Faseru, B., Horwitz, P., Decker, C., Jones, P., Spertus, J.  Prevalence and correlates of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy in hospitalized smokers with AMI. American Heart Journal 2011 Jul; 162(1): 74-80
  • Faseru B, Choi WS, Krebill R, Mayo MS, Nollen NL, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS, Cox LS. Factors associated with smoking menthol cigarettes among treatment-seeking African American light smokers. Addict Behav. 2011(36), 1321-1324 (NIHMS311699)
  • Thompson N, Nazir N, Cox LS, Faseru B, Goggin K, Ahluwalia J, Nollen NL. Unannounced telephone pill counts for assessing varenicline adherence in a pilot clinical trial. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2011:5 475-482
  • Sangowawa AO, Adebiyi AO, Faseru B, Popoola O. An Observational study of road safety around selected primary schools In Ibadan municipality, Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria. Annals of African Medicine (in press)
  • Sangowawa AO, Owoaje ET, Ekanem SEU, Faseru B, Adekunle BJ,  Economic costs of motorcycle injury among crash-involved commercial motorcyclists in Oyo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (in press)

Selected Peer-reviewed Abstracts (Selected from 58 peer-reviewed abstracts)

  • Faseru, B., Yeh, H., Ellerbeck, E.F., Befort, C.A., Richter, K.P. Prevalence and predictors of tobacco treatment in hospitals: the role of JCAHO core measure status. 15th Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT Europe April 27-30, 2009 Dublin, Ireland. POS2-7, 62
  • Faseru, B., Mussulman, L.M., Nazir, N., Cox, L.S., Ellerbeck, E.F. Factors associated with implementing home smoking restrictions among smokers enrolled in a two year clinical trial. 15th Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT Europe April 27-30, 2009 Dublin, Ireland. POS2-4, 62
  • Faseru, B., Snow, T., Krebill, R., Mayo, M.S., Cox, L.S., Okuyemi, K.S., Ahluwalia, J.S. Factors associated with not returning for randomization during clinical trials, 15th Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT Europe April 27-30, 2009 Dublin, Ireland. POS2-73, 78
  • Mussulman, L.M., Faseru, B., Cupertino, P., Nazir, N., Ellerbeck , E.F.  Relationship between spousal smoking status and abstinence among rural smokers 15th Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT Europe April 27-30, 2009 Dublin, Ireland. POS3-68, 100
  • Cupertino, A.P., Nollen, N., Cox , L.S., Faseru, B., Choi, W., Mayo, M.S., Ahluwalia, J.S.  Experiences of Discrimination among African American Light Smokers, 15th Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT Europe April 27-30, 2009 Dublin, Ireland. POS2-2, 61
  • Okuyemi, K.S., Reed, G., Faseru, B., Mayo, M., Cox, L.S., Opole, I., Ahluwalia, J.S., Benowitz, N.  Effects of Menthol on Bupropion Pharmacokinetics. 15th Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT Europe, April 27-30, 2009 Dublin, Ireland. POS 4-74, 131
  • Faseru, B., Yeh, H., Ellerbeck, E.F., Befort, C.A., Richter, K.P.  Predictors of nicotine dependence treatment among hospitalized smokers. 2009 National Clinical & Translational Research Education Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C April 14-15, 2009 Scholar Abstracts Book page 162
  • Faseru, B., Yeh, H., Ellerbeck, E.F., Befort, C.A., Richter, K.P.  Referral and Treatment for Nicotine Dependence among Hospitalized patients. Substance Abuse January-March 2009; 30(1) 94-95
  • Richter, K., Faseru, B., Ellerbeck, E.F.  UKanQuit, A Hospital Inpatient Tobacco Treatment Program. Substance Abuse April-June 2009; 30(2) 194.
  • Sangowawa, A.O., Owoaje, E.T., Adebiyi, A.O., Faseru, B.  Condom use among hearing-impaired and non-hearing impaired secondary school students in Ibadan, South-West Nigeria. Fifth Regional Congress of Medical Women Association for Near East and African Region July 15-17 2009, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Faseru, B., Turner, M., Casey, G., Ruder, C., Ellerbeck, E.F., Richter, K.P. Implementation and Evaluation of a Hospital-Based Tobacco Treatment Service. 33rd Annual National Conference of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, Bethesda, Maryland, November 5-7, 2009. Book of Abstracts, POS-32, 44.
  • Faseru, B., Cox, L., Krebil, R., Mayo, M., Okuyemi, S., Ahluwalia, J.S. Factors associated with smoking menthol cigarettes in African-American light smokers. 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Baltimore, Maryland, February 24-27, 2010 POS3-46.
  • Ho, M.K., Faseru, B., Choi, W.S., Nollen, N.L., Mayo, M.S., Thomas, J.L., Okuyemi, K.S., Ahluwalia, J.S., Benowitz, N.L., Tyndale, R.F. Utility and relationships of biomarkers of smoking in African-American light Smokers 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Baltimore, Maryland February 24-27, 2010  POS4-104.
  • Cox, L.S., Mayo, M.S., Krebill, R., Nollen, N.L., Faseru, B., Benowitz, N., Ahluwalia, J.S. Assessment of Daily smoking using Timeline follow-back (TLFB) among African-American smokers 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Baltimore, Maryland, February 24-27, 2010. POS2-65
  •  Katz, D., Tang, F., Faseru, B., Horwitz, P., Decker, C., Jones, P., Spertus, J.  Prevalence and correlates of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy in hospitalized smokers with AMI. Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke 2010 Scientific Sessions. May 19-21, 2010 Abstract ID #553
  • Faseru, B., Turner, M., Casey, M.A., Ruder, C., Ellerbeck, E., Richter, K.  Implementation and Evaluation of a Hospital-Based Tobacco Treatment Service. Substance Abuse July-Sept 2010; 31(3) 217
  • Sangowawa, A.O., Adebiyi, A.O., Faseru, B., Uchendu, O., Adekunle, B.  Perception of Violence and Safety among Street Youth In Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria ISCAIP Biennial Meeting September 20, 2010, Bristol, UK http://www.iscaip.net/iscaipconference/index.php/conferences/ISCAIP-2010/paper/view/7
  • Deculus, K., Ramaswamy, M., Faseru, B., Jones, M., Freudenberg, N.  Examining Smoking Trends among Adolescent Men Leaving Jail. 67th Annual KPHA meeting and Fall Conference, Topeka, Kansas Sept 29-30, 2010
  • Daley, D.M., Faseru, B., Nazir, N., Solomon, C., Greiner, K.A., Ahluwalia, J.S. & Choi, W.S.  Influence of traditional tobacco use on smoking cessation among American Indians. 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Toronto, Canada, February 16-19, 2011. PA16-4
  • Cox LS, Nollen NL, Mayo, MS, Choi WS, Faseru B, Snow TS, Bronars CA, Tyndale R, Benowitz N, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS. Bupropion for treatment of African American light smokers 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Toronto, Canada, February 16-19, 2011. SYM8D
  • Choi WS, Nazir N, Faseru B., Gauthier M, Talawyma M, Pacheco C, Greiner KA, Daley C. Light versus heavy smoking among American Indian smokers. 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Toronto, Canada, February 16-19, 2011. SYM8C
  • Hui, S.A., Nazir, N., Faseru, B., and  Ellerbeck, E. Predictors of successful quitting and self-engagement among recalcitrant smokers after a two-year smoking cessation trial. 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Toronto, Canada, February 16-19, 2011. POS1-76
  • Faseru B, Choi WS, Krebill R, Mayo MS, Nollen NL, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS, Cox LS. Factors associated with smoking menthol cigarettes among treatment-seeking African American light smokers. 32nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Washington DC, April 27-30, 2011. POS B-177c
  • Faseru B, Nazir N. Choi WS, Daley C.M., Greiner KA, Comparison of cancer risk perception and cancer fatalism between American Indian Smokers and Non-Smokers. NCI Cancer Health Disparities Program Meeting, Bethesda Maryland July 12-15, 2011
  • Faseru B, Nollen N, Mayo M, Krebill R, Choi W, Tyndale R, Benowitz N, Okuyemi K, Ahluwalia J, Cox LS. Predictors of abstinence in a bupropion trail among African American light smokers. XIIIth Annual Meeting of the SRNT-Europe, Antalya, Turkey, September 08-11, 2011. OP5 

Recently Funded Research

  • Co-Investigator- Increasing post-discharge follow-up among hospitalized smokers U01 HL105232 National Heart Lung and Blood Institute,  Richter (PI) 09/20/2011-05/31/2014 Direct Cost $1,806,096
  • Co-Investigator- Central Plains Center for American Indian Health Disparities (CPC-AIHD) P20 MD004805 National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparitie ,Daley (PI), Greiner (Co-PI) 04/01/2010-03/31/2015) Direct cost $4,746,117
  • Diversity Trainee - Kansas Communities Cancer Disparities Network, U54 CA154253 National Cancer Institute Greiner (PI) 09/17/2010 - 06/30/2015 Direct Cost $3,272,719
  • Principal Investigator - Feasibility of engaging partners of hospitalized smokers in a smoking cessation study. American Cancer Society IRG (Kimler-IRG PI)  06/01/2011-05/31/2012 Direct Cost $35,000
  • Co-Investigator (NIH Diversity Supplement grantee)- Enhancing Tobacco Use Treatment for African American Light Smokers R01 CA091912 National Cancer Institute,  Cox (PI)  9/01/2006-8/31/2011; 01/08/2011- 07/31/2012 (No cost extension) Direct cost $2,463,377
  • Co-Investigator - UKanQuit at KUMed, University of Kansas Hospital, Richter (PI), Ellerbeck (Co-PI) 09/01/2006 - 08/31/2012,  Direct cost $228,364
  • Principal Investigator, Epidemiology Training for Kansas Local Health Department Workforce Development Kansas Association of Local Health Department (KALHD),  Faseru (PI)   06/15/2011-06/14/2012,  Direct cost $11,616
  • Instructor- Kansas Evidence-Based Public Health: A Course for State and Local Practitioners Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Brownson (PI) 07/01/2011-07/31/2011,  Direct Cost $2,464

Professional Activities

  • Scientific Journal Peer Review Activities: Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of General Internal Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Substance Abuse Journal, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Addiction Medicine, The Journal of Bioscience and Medicine, Addictive Behaviors, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy
  • Conference Abstract and Scholarship Review: World Conference on Tobacco or Health, National Conference on Tobacco or Health, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Conference, SRNT Tobacco Related Health Disparities Scholarship, Society for Behavioral Medicine
  • Other reviews: University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee

Honors and Awards

  • 2003    Rotary International Award of Excellence
  • 2003    Scholarship, Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Program, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2003    Scholarship to the 12th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Helsinki, Finland      
  • 2004    Fellowship Award, WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer
  • 2004    Scholarship to the 10th Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Arizona, USA
  • 2004    Clinical Research Fellowship Award, Family Health International, USA
  • 2004    Personality of the month, West African Doctors and Healthcare Professionals Network.
  • 2005    Distinguished Alumnus, Rotary Foundation GSE Program, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2005    Scholarship to the 11th Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2005    Fellowship Award, Center for International Mobility, Finland
  • 2008       American Legacy Foundation/Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Scholarship to Increase Diversity in Nicotine and Tobacco Research
  • 2008    Educator Award, US Army Medical Service Corps, San Antonio Texas
  • 2008    Minority supplement grant recipient, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • 2008       Best Abstract Award, 32nd Annual National Conference of the Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance abuse (AMERSA) Washington DC November 6-8, 2008
  • 2009       Scholarship recipient, NHLBI sponsored Summer Institute to increase Diversity in Genetic Epidemiology SIPID-GE. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • 2011   Excellence in Public Health Teaching Award, School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
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