Last updated on: 4/12/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Timothy Fong, MD Biography

Title:
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I have a clear theme for all of my lectures: no cannabis for anyone under 21. All of our data clearly highlights this…

[W]e need true science to guide us for patients under 21 to be more respectful. Obviously, things like pediatric seizures, pediatric pain, multiple sclerosis, spasticity — if it’s become very, very clear, beyond a shadow of a doubt — that cannabis would help with those medical conditions, then absolutely, I’d say, let’s use it that way.”

Randy Robinson, “Marijuana under the Microscope: A Conversation with UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative,” merryjane.com Feb. 13, 2018

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:
  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 2002-present
  • Researcher, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative
  • Co-director, UCLA Gambling Studies Program
  • Director, UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic
  • Director, UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Education:
  • MD, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 1998
  • BA, English, Northwestern University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. How Addictive Is Marijuana?