Last updated on: 5/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

J. Thomas Ungerleider, MD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The physician should be able to use his or her clinical judgment, in the context of the patient-physician relationship, to decide when marijuana, or any other medication, is indicated for a particular patient… We see a mixture of all four levels of ‘proof’ of efficacy for marijuana: use in folk medicine, anecdotal reports of effectiveness, ‘compassionate’ studies, and, most important, well-designed double-blind studies.”

“Marijuana: Still a ‘Signal of Misunderstanding,'” Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians, Mar./Apr. 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1995-present
  • Recipient, McGovern Award, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), 2001
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1962-1995
  • Recipient, UCLA School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Education, 1994
  • Recipient, Vernielle Fox Award, California Society of Addiction Medicine’s highest recognition, 1992
  • Recipient, Association of Academic Psychiatry National Education Award, 1991
  • Member, President Carter’s Drug Abuse Task Force of the President’s Mental Health Commission, 1977
  • Founder and Director, UCLA Drug Abuse Training Center, 1972
  • Member, President Nixon’s National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, 1971
  • Founder and Director, Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Research and Education), UCLA Medical Center, 1966
  • Former Commissioner, National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse
  • Former Advisor, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
  • Former Chief of Psychiatry, Army Hospital, Fort Ord, CA
Education:
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Other:
  • Signed the Coalition For Compassionate Access letter to President George Bush asking him to “allow people with AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses to use medical marijuana if they have the approval of their physician,” which was placed in a full-page ad in the New York Times on Mar. 6, 2002