Last updated on: 10/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Neal L. Benowitz, MD Biography

Title:
Professor of Medicine, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here was virtually no exposure to harmful combustion products using the vaporizing device. Since it replicates smoking’s efficiency at producing the desired THC effect using smaller amounts of the active ingredient as opposed to pill forms, this device has great potential for improving the therapeutic utility of THC…

By a significant majority, patients preferred vaporization to smoking, choosing the route of delivery with the fewest side effects and greatest efficiency”

“Smokeless Cannabis Delivery Device Found Efficient and Less Toxic,” universityofcalifornia.edu, May 15, 2007

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 of Medicine, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacy, University of California at San Francisco, 2004-present
  • Vice Chair, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Francisco, 1994-present
  • Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry and Pharmacy, University of California at San Francisco, 1987-present
  • Chief, Division Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of California at San Francisco, 1983-present
  • Associate Medical Director, San Francisco Bay Area Regional Poison Center, 1979-present
  • Member of Staff, Medical Service, San Francisco General Hospital, 1974-present
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, 1981-1987
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, 1974-1981
  • Director, Drug Detoxification Unit, San Francisco General Hospital, 1975-1976
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, 1973-1974
Education:
  • Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, 1969-1971
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1969
  • Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1962-1965
Other:
  • Recipient, Ove Ferno Award, 1996
  • Recipient, Alton Ochsner Award, given by the American College of Chest Physicians, 1996
Quoted in:
  1. How Addictive Is Marijuana?