DFCR resources include a number of national experts knowledgeable in regulatory and clinical aspects of cannabis legalization. These experts are available for consultation, lectures, testimonies, and media interviews.
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Bryon Adinoff, MD is an addiction psychiatrist and academician. He recently retired from his position as Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as a psychiatrist for 30 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has published over 175 papers and book chapters on the neurobiology and treatment of addiction and is Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. In his semi-retired status, he is evolving from focusing on the consequences of substance use itself to the consequences of the drug war. As a Founding Member, his commitment to the goals of DFCR arises from his desire to ensure that the harsh, punitive prohibition of cannabis use is replaced by a regulatory system that protects both the individual and society.
Julia Arnsten, MD, MPH, is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Epidemiology & Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Arnsten is a general internist with a long-standing interest in behavioral medicine, including adherence with medication-taking, nicotine dependence, and treatment of substance use disorders. She currently leads an NIH-funded research program focused on addiction and chronic medical illness at Einstein/Montefiore. Dr. Arnsten graduated from the New York University School of Medicine in 1990 and completed residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital and New York University Medical Center in 1993. She then completed a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Arnsten has been recognized for outstanding teaching, mentoring, and leadership with several local and national awards.
Hugh Blumenfeld, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Behavioral Medicine at UConn’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He has worked as a family physician in Hartford, CT since 2010. He maintains a full scope of practice that includes both outpatient primary care and hospitalist care, with privileges in prenatal care and obstetrics. He also serves as Medical Director for a non-profit hospice care company. Dr. Blumenfeld completed his medical training at University of Connecticut and afterward joined the faculty. His areas of academic interest include behavioral medicine, bioethics and evidence-based medicine. Before embarking on a career in medicine, Dr. Blumenfeld was a professor of English, having earned a PhD in Poetics at New York University with prior degrees from University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS, is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Social Medicine, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since 1998, Dr. Cunningham has been providing care, developing programs, and conducting research focused on marginalized populations including people who use drugs with or at-risk for HIV infection. Her research has focused on improving access to care, utilization of health care services, and health outcomes. Dr. Cunningham has been the principal investigator on numerous grants funded by the NIH, CDC, HRSA, local and state Departments of Health, and foundations. Dr. Cunningham has served on numerous national advisory committees, including serving as the Chair of NY State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s Substance Abuse Committee; a member of the Opioid Guideline Workgroup of the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, 2016; and a member and Chair of the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section. Dr. Cunningham also served on Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to consider legalizing adult use cannabis in New York and is actively engaged in NIH-funded scientific studies exploring the utility medical cannabis.
Peter Grinspoon, MD, is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the memoir Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction. He spent two years as an Associate Director of the Massachusetts Physician Health Service helping physicians with addiction and mental health issues. He graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy with honors from Swarthmore College. He then spent five years as a Campaign Director for the environmental group Greenpeace before entering medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He completed his residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, in the primary care program. He has been on national television including NBC, C-SPAN, and Fox and Friends, and his writings have been published in The Nation and The Los Angeles Times. He is a Contributing Editor to Harvard Health Publications.
Janice Marie Vaughn Knox, MD has more than 35 years in the practice of medicine. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a wife, mother, best selling author, and Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Janice Knox is a certified American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist and Oregon representative for Doctors for Cannabis regulation. Dr. Knox is a co-founder of the American Cannabinoid Clinics along with her physician husband, Dr. David and 2 daughters Dr. Rachel Knox and Dr. Jessica Knox. Over her years in the operating room, Dr. Janice witnessed the increased use of life-threatening pain medications and unnecessary medical interventions that yield low success rates while patients continued to get sicker. This awareness motivated Dr. Janice to become an expert in cannabis and the fields Cannabis Therapeutics and Endocannabinology. Dr. Janice passionately believes in cannabis as a medicine. Just as passionately she believes that education about cannabis along with safe, quality and tested products will help to remove the negative stigma that continues to prevent cannabis from becoming mainstream medicine. This will change when regulations are in place that will set standards for growing, testing, producing and packaging cannabis as a medicine.
Mikhail Kogan, MD, ABOIM is a leader in the newly established field of Integrative Geriatrics. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine, is the editor of “Integrative Geriatric Medicine” Oxford University Press textbook, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of Integrative Medicine and Geriatrics, healthy aging, neurodegenerative diseases, and use of medical cannabis. Dr. Kogan currently serves as medical director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, is the founder and director of the George Washington University Integrative Geriatrics Fellowship Track and the director of the Integrative Medicine Track program at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He also serves as a part-time faculty member of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health and the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. Dr. Kogan has been early adopter of the Washington, D.C. Medical Cannabis program and has been instrumental in the D.C. Rx Medical Cannabis education program. He is also the chair of the board of AIM Health Institute Washington, D.C based non-profit organization providing integrative medicine services to low-income and terminally ill patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Donald O. Lyman, MD, DTPH, received his BA in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (1964), his MD from Yale University (1968) and DTPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1974). He did his residency training at the Universities of Miami (Florida) and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Lyman served in the U.S. Public Health Service as an EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) officer (1970-74), and as senior disease control officer for New York State (1974-78) and California (1978-2012). He was President of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD; 2010), was President of the American Cancer Society, California Division (2003-2004) and was secretary of the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate (2008-2009). In California, he launched the tobacco control effort which brought a 50% reduction in adult smoking prevalence, 80% reduction on tobacco consumption and concurrent marked reductions in heart disease, stroke and tobacco-related cancers (35% reduction in lung cancer). In his work with the California Medical Association (CMA), he authored its landmark white paper “Cannabis and the Regulatory Void” (2011) which led to the statewide ballot initiative “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (Proposition 64, 2016) of which he was one-of-two chief legal “proponents” and which passed with a 57% vote. He is now Chair of CMA’s Council on Science and Public Health which oversees progress in implementing this new statute.
David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.
Monica Bopha Taing, PharmD, RPh graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy Studies. While completing her doctorate, Dr. Taing garnered hands-on laboratory experience during a research internship focusing on the Endocannabinoid Receptor System, which inspired her to design and deliver fact-based education through medical writing and empathetic engagement to advocate awareness for underserved patient populations and the healthcare community. As a clinical cannabis consultant, Dr. Taing strategically implements her expertise as guidance for multi-state licensed dispensaries, grower/processor facilities, hospital systems, and academic medical institutions nationally, including but not limited to: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and other enterprises. Dr. Taing serves as a Medical Science Liaison for 4Front Advisors, the Director of Research and Clinical Education for Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM), and as a cannabis pharmacist (clinical consultant specialist) for the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education Training Center (NEC-AETC). Dr. Taing is an active member of the American Society of Cannabis Pharmacists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and Society of Cannabis Clinicians. Dr. Taing’s professional pursuits encompass clinical research, patient counseling, medical writing, evidence-based education, multidisciplinary clinical outreach, and advocacy.
Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, ABOIM is the Medical Director of the NorthShore Integrative Medicine Program, a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and a board-certified Family Practice Physician. She received her B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Following medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, she completed Family Medicine residency training at Northwestern University. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Weil, concurrently finishing a two-year fellowship in Family Medicine Faculty Development at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Temple combines the tools of modern Western medicine with safe, evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine (including cannabis) to achieve optimal health and symptom reduction and she served as chair of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Although personally opposed to the use of recreational substances, Dr. Temple believes the thoughtful regulation of cannabis is far more beneficial to public health and social justice than its prohibition.
Genester Wilson-King, MD, FACOG is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and an established physician with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She is the Founder and Medical Director of Victory Rejuvenation Center, which combines her obstetrical and gynecological experience with age and lifestyle management through nutrition, exercise, plant based medicine and supplement use, medical cannabis education and consultant, and hormone balancing. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the state of Florida representative for Doctors For Cannabis Regulation, provides expert opinions for cannabis legal cases, Medical Director of Remeny Wellness MMTC, and is a nationally recognized age management speaker and cannabis educator/speaker. Widely lauded by colleagues and patients alike, her quality of care, professionalism, medical integrity, open-mindedness with strong interpersonal skills and a deep-seated commitment to the art of medicine distinguish her.
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David A. Gorelick, M.D., Ph.D., DLFAPA, FA is Professor of Psychiatry (part-time) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, having retired in October 2013 from the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Gorelick joined NIDA in 1989 as a tenured physician-scientist. Dr. Gorelick has authored or co-authored more than more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 50 book chapters and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cannabis Research. His recent work focuses on cannabis (including its potential therapeutic uses), cocaine, and individuals with co-morbid psychiatric disorders.