Last updated on: 1/27/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD Biography

Title:
Former US Surgeon General
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“It [marijuana] should be an option for patients who have it recommended by knowledgeable physicians. I don’t recommend it for recreational use.”

July 2003, as quoted in the Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) “Medical Marijuana Endorsements and Statements of Support,” available on www.mpp.org (accessed Jan. 27, 2009)

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:
  • President, Medical College of Georgia, 1983-1987
  • Dean and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine of the Medical College of Virginia, 1976-1983
  • Chief of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Hospital, Long Beach, CA, 1974-1976
  • Professor of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, 1974-1976
  • Director and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1973-1974
  • US Surgeon General (appointed by President Richard M. Nixon), 1969-1973
  • US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs, 1969
  • Deputy Director, US National Cancer Center, 1969
  • Associate Director for Programs, US National Cancer Center, 1968-1969
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, USC School of Medicine, 1959-1967
  • US National Cancer Institute, Director of Radioisotope Laboratory, 1954-1958
  • Instructor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1952-1954
Education:
  • MD, Western Reserve University, 1949
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh, 1945
Other:
  • None found