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Sharon Allen, MD, PhD

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Medical Student Education - Twin Cities


Women’s health, including smoking cessation, osteoporosis, and menopause


MD, University of Rochester
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Post-grad (residency) training in medicine, surgery, ENT, and family medicine
Fellowship: University of Rochester (research)

Bio Summary

Allen co-directs the University of Minnesota Medical School Essentials of Clinical Medicine course. She has been active in women’s health and smoking cessation research for more than 20 years and is involved in a number of federally funded grants. Allen also sees patients at the University of Minnesota Physicians Women’s Health Specialists Clinic.

Contact Information

A682 Mayo Memorial Building
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Selected Grants

2012-17, NIH, PI, "Smoking, Sex Hormones, and Pregnancy"

2012-17, NIH/NIDA, PI, "Sex Differences and Progesterone: Association with Impulsivity and Smoking Cessation"

2012-17, NIH, co-director, "Sex Differences and Progesterone: Effects on Impulsivity, Smoking, and Cocaine Abuse"

2013-15, NIH/NIDA, PI, "Progesterone and Postpartum Relapse to Smoking"

2009-14, NIH/NIDA, PI, “Exercise for Smoking Cessation in Postmenopausal Smokers”

Recent Publications

Allen SS. Cigarette smoking among women: how can we help? Minnesota Medicine. 2014;97(3):41-3.

Ebbert JO, Hatsukami DK, Croghan IT, Schroeder DR, Allen SS, Hays JT, Hurt RD. Combination varenicline and bupropion SR for tobacco-dependence treatment in cigarette smokers: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2014;31(2):155-63.

Allen AM, al'Absi M, Lando H, Hatsukami D, Allen SS. Menstrual phase, depressive symptoms, and allopregnanolone during short-term smoking cessation. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2013;21(6):427-33.

Allen SS, Allen AM, Kotlyar M, Lunos S, al'Absi M, Hatsukami DK. Menstrual phase and depressive symptoms difference in physiological response to nicotine following acute smoking abstinence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013;15(6):1091-8.

Allen SS, Miller J, Ratner E, Santilli J. The educational and financial impact of using patient educators to teach introductory physical exam skills. Med Teach. 2011;33(11):911-918.


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