Scott Frank, MD, MS

Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
School of Medicine
Director Emeritus
Master of Public Health Program
School of Medicine

Scott Frank, MD, MS, was a public health and family medicine educator, researcher, and practitioner. Read The Daily article, CWRU’s Scott and Jean Frank retire after a combined 60+ years advancing public health.

He served as Director of Health for the City of Shaker Heights and was the principal investigator of the Health Data Matters online resource. Dr. Frank maintained a clinical family practice and was involved in research and teaching in the domains of social justice, public health services and systems, public health information technology, adolescent health, tobacco control, substance abuse prevention, public health and medicine, assessment of stress, and the role of spirituality and religion in the medical setting.

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Behavior change
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substance abuse
  • Clinical assessment of stress
  • Role of spirituality and religion in the medical setting

Professional Memberships

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Network
Association of Ohio Health Commissioners
Ohio Public Health Association
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, Executive Board
Greater Cleveland Hospital Association, Board of Trustees
Ohio Research Association for Public Health Improvement, chair, executive committee
100 Pioneers for Tobacco Cessation
American Public Health Association
Health Improvement Partnership Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga) Eliminating Structural Racism Working Group, Shared Measurement and Evaluation Group

External Appointments

Affiliated Faculty
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods


Recent Publications

  1. Gunay, E, Ersel, M, Yax, JA, Sheele, JM, Karakurt, G, Acar, K, Frank, SH. Disaster Training Needs and Expectations Among Turkish Emergency Medicine Physicians - A National Survey. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2019; : 1-7. PubMed PMID:31270005.
  2. Koch, CG, Duncan, AI, Figueroa, P, Dai, L, Sessler, DI, Frank, SM, Ness, PM, Mihaljevic, T, Blackstone, EH. Real Age: Red Blood Cell Aging During Storage. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2019; 107 (3): 973-980. PubMed PMID:30342044.
  3. Tsai, S, Frank, SH, Bordeaux, JS. Improving Sun-Protective Behaviors and Self-Skin Examinations Among African Americans: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Dermatol Surg 2018; 44 (4): 512-518. PubMed PMID:29016548 .
  4. Pagano, ME, Swaringen, SE, Frank, SH. Low Other-Regard and Adolescent Addiction. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse ; 25 (3): 268-276. PubMed PMID:27482148 PubMed Central PMC4964961.
  5. Diamond, SE, Dunn, RR, Frank, SD, Haddad, NM, Martin, RA. Shared and unique responses of insects to the interaction of urbanization and background climate. Curr Opin Insect Sci 2015; 11 : 71-77. PubMed PMID:28285761 .
  6. Cordoba-Chacon, J, Majumdar, N, List, EO, Diaz-Ruiz, A, Frank, SJ, Manzano, A, Bartrons, R, Puchowicz, M, Kopchick, JJ, Kineman, RD. Growth Hormone Inhibits Hepatic De Novo Lipogenesis in Adult Mice. Diabetes 2015; 64 (9): 3093-103. PubMed PMID:26015548 PubMed Central PMC4542445.
  7. Golchin, N, Frank, SH, Vince, A, Isham, L, Meropol, SB. Polypharmacy in the elderly. J Res Pharm Pract ; 4 (2): 85-8. PubMed PMID:25984546 PubMed Central PMC4418141.
  8. Huck, DM, Nalubwama, H, Longenecker, CT, Frank, SH, Okello, E, Webel, AR. A qualitative examination of secondary prophylaxis in rheumatic heart disease: factors influencing adherence to secondary prophylaxis in Uganda. Glob Heart 2015; 10 (1): 63-69.e1. PubMed PMID:25754568 .
  9. Sood, RK, Torroella Carney, M, Buchman, T, Cabello, CS, Lynch, JF, Frank, SH, Trapl, ES. First time compliance inspections to evaluate an artificial trans fat ban in Nassau County. Clin Ther 2014; 36 (3): 333-7.e1. PubMed PMID:24636819 .
  10. Frank, SH. Principles for authentic population health. Am J Prev Med 2011; 41 (4 Suppl 3): S152-4. PubMed PMID:21961656 .
  11. Trapl, ES, Terchek, JJ, Danosky, L, Cofie, L, Brooks-Russell, A, Frank, SH. Complexity of measuring "cigar use" in adolescents: results from a split sample experiment. Nicotine Tob. Res. 2011; 13 (4): 291-5. PubMed PMID:21330280 PubMed Central PMC5935518.
  12. Golski, CA, Rome, ES, Martin, RJ, Frank, SH, Worley, S, Sun, Z, Hibbs, AM. Pediatric specialists' beliefs about gastroesophageal reflux disease in premature infants. Pediatrics 2010; 125 (1): 96-104. PubMed PMID:20008431 PubMed Central PMC2805060.

Publishing impact  

Metrics from Web of Science/publons and Scopus/SciVal: 

  • H-index: 15
  • Total publications: 45
  • Total citations:  687
  • Publications in top-tier journals: 29%
  • Collaborative publishing national/international: 80%/14%   

Editorial roles:

  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine, board of governors
  • Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion, editorial board
  • Ohio Journal of Public Health, editorial board


Doctor of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Fellowship in Addiction Medicine
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Fellowship in Academic Medicine
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Residency in Family Practice
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Additional Information

Contributions to science: 

  • Lead community and evidence-based public health initiatives to influence the quality of life in Cleveland and its surrounding communities. Focus is on addressing structural racism, identified as the leading cause of many adverse health outcomes, particularly maternal and infant health.
  • Lead national public health association work to inform and advance best practices in public health, particularly in the areas of foodborne epidemics and violence prevention, among others.   
  • Lead national health education association initiatives to assure the medical school curriculum is fully integrated with public and population health approaches to care   
  • Lead interdisciplinary practice and research teams that integrate internet–enabled data collection in private and public spheres to advance individual and population health. Current focus is on violence prevention.

Student and mentee totals, over Case Western Reserve University career:

  • Master’s: 1,200
  • PhD: 8