Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Institute of Emerging Health Professions
Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp

Steering Committee

Jefferson’s Center will fill the gap and provide much needed comprehensive institutional leadership in medical cannabis education and clinical research. I am pleased to be part of the effort.

- Donald Abrams, MD, Former Chief of Hematology-Oncology, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Donald Abrams, MD
Former Chief, Hematology-Oncology
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD
Research Director, Lambert Center

David Casarett, MD, MA
Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
Chief of Palliative Care Services
Duke University Health System

Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD
Rocky Mountain Drug and Poison Control Center

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Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD
Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences    
Pharmaceutical Product Development    
The University of Mississippi 

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Larry I. Good, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Medicine
State University of New York, Stony Brook

Staci Gruber, PhD
Director, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core
Director, Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND)
McLean Hospital

Manuel Guzmán, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology/Endocannabinoid System    
University of Madrid  

Kevin Hill, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Director of Addiction Psychiatry
Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA 02215

Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD
President, Huestis & Smith Toxicology, LLC
Consultant, Department of Transportation
Senior Scientific Advisor, NMS Labs

Lumír Ondrej Hanuš, PhD
Research Fellow
Hebrew University

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Eric Marsh, MD, PhD
Department of Neurology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Daniel Monti, MD, MBA
Executive and Medical Director
Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University

Suzanne Sisley, MD
Asst. Professor, Life Sciences
Colorado State University

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Nancy  Skinner, RN-BC, CCM
Past President, Case Management Society of America
Adjunct Faculty, Case Management    
University of Southern Indiana 

Ryan Vandrey, PhD
Associate Professor, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Eugene R. Viscusi, MD
Director, Acute Pain Management    
Department of Anesthesiology
Thomas Jefferson University    
President-Elect, American Society of Regional Anesthesia

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Mark Ware, MBBS, MRCP (UK), MSc
Director of Clinical Research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit
McGill University Health Centre

Up-to-date Steering Committee Article Citations

deShazo RD, Parker SB, Williams D,… Elsohly M, et al. Marijuana's effects on brain structure and function: What do we know and what should we do? A Brief review and commentary. Am J Med. 2018; article in press.  DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.09.006

Schlienz NJ, Cone EJ, Herrmann ES, (...), Vandrey R. Pharmacokinetic Characterization of 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in Urine Following Acute Oral Cannabis Ingestion in Healthy Adults. J Anal Toxicol. 2018; 42:232-247.

Abrams DI. The therapeutic effects of Cannabis and cannabinoids: An update from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report. Eur J Intern Med. 2018 Mar;49:7-11.

Bonn-Miller MO, ElSohly MA, Loflin, MJE, Chandra S, Vandrey R. Cannabis and cannabinoid drug development: evaluating botanical versus single molecule approaches. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2018; 30:277-284.

Vandry R. The cannabis conundrum: steering policy and medicine with insufficient data. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2018; 30: 181-182.

López-Valero I, Torres S,  Salazar-Roa, M,…Guzman M, et al. Optimization of a preclinical therapy of cannabinoids in combination with temozolomide against glioma. Biochem Pharmacol. 2018.  In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.bcp.2018.08.023

Godleski SA, Shisler S, Eiden, RD, Huestis MA. Co-use of tobacco and marijuana during pregnancy: Pathways to externalizing behavior problems in early childhood. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2018; 69: 39-48.  Use and co-use of tobacco and marijuana during pregnancy are associated with the development of social, cognitive, and behavioral problems for infants and children. Co-use during pregnancy and continued maternal tobacco and marijuana use from infancy through early childhood were investigated.

Eiden RD,… Huestis MA. Prenatal exposure to tobacco and cannabis: Effects on autonomic and emotion regulation. Neurotox Teratol. 2018; 68:47-56.

Carlier J,…Huestis MA. Synthetic cannabinoid BB-22 (QUCHIC): Human hepatocytes metabolism with liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry detection. J Pharmaceutical Biomed Anal. 2018; 157:27-35.

Hill KP, Saxon AJ. The role of cannabis legalization in the opioid crisis. JAMA Intern Med. 2018; 178: 679-80.

Conchiero M, Huestis MA. Drug exposure during pregnancy: Analytical methods and toxicological findings. Bioanalysis. 2018; 10:587-606.

Schelienz NJ, …Vandrey R.  The effect of high-dose dronabinol (oral THC) maintenance on cannabis self-administration. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018; 187:254-60.

Sempio C,… Huestis MA. Optimization of recombinant β-glucuronidase hydrolysis and quantification of eight urinary cannabinoids and metabolites by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Drug Test Anal. 2018; 10:518-529.

DePhilippis D, Petry NM, Bonn-Miller MO, et al. The national implementation of Contingency Management (CM) in the Department of Veterans Affairs: Attendance at CM sessions and substance use outcomes. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018; 185:367-73.

Logan BK, … Huestis MA. Recommendations for toxicological investigation of drug-impaired driving and motor vehicle fatalities-2017 update.  J Analytic Toxicol. 2018; 42:63-68.

George TP, Hill KP, Vaccarino FJ. Cannabis legalization and psychiatric disorders: Caveat “Hemp-tor”. Can J Psychiatr. 2018;

Abrams, Donald I. (2018) "The therapeutic effects of Cannabis and cannabinoids: An update from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, European Journal of Internal Medicine,
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Pollack, Charles V. Jr, MA, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, FESC, FCPP and Clark, Kate MPA (2017) "A Center Cultivating Cannabis Research and Policy take Root at Jefferson," Population Health Matters (Formerly Health Policy Newsletter): Vol. 30 : Iss. 4 , Article 7.
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Galal Osman A,  Elokely KM, Yadav VK,… ElSohly MA. Bioactive products from singlet oxygen photooxygenation of cannabinoids. Eur J Medicinal Chem. 2018; 143:983-96.

Mateo Y, Johnson KA, Covey DP, … Guzman M, et al. Endocannabinoid actions on cortical terminals orchestrate local modulation of dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens. Neuron. 2017; 96:1112-1126.e5

Hill KP, Palastro MD. Medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain and other disorders: Misconceptions and facts. Pol Arch Intern Med. 2017; 127: 785-789.

Hill KP, Palastro MD, Gruber SA et al. Nabilone pharmacotherapy for cannabis dependence: A randomized, controlled pilot study. Am J Addict. 2017; 26:795-801.

Raslan AE, Radwan MM,Ahmed SA,…ElSohly MA. Monanchoramides A–D, ceramides from the marine sponge Monanchora clathrata with cytotoxic activity. Phytochem Lett. 2018; 23:83-89.

Bonn-Miller MO, Loflin MJ, Thomas BF,… Vandrey R. Labeling accuracy of cannabidiol extracts sold online. JAMA. 2017; 318:718-9.

Díaz-Alonso J, De Salas-Quiroga A, Paraíso-Luna J,… Guzmán, M, et al. Loss of Cannabinoid CB1 Receptors Induces Cortical Migration Malformations and Increases Seizure Susceptibility. Cerebral Cortex.2017; 27:5303-17.