MEET OUR SCIENCE & MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Andrew Weil, MD

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
www.drweil.com

Andrew Weil, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona, and Founder & Director of the Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, AZ

Dr. Weil’s name is synonymous with Integrative Medicine which he defines as healing-oriented medicine that considers the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including diet and lifestyle.  He received an A.B. degree in Botany from Harvard an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. In 1968, while still a medical student, he conducted the nation’s first human trials on cannabis. A prolific author, Dr. Weil is a regular columnist for Prevention magazine and has written more than 80 books about his holistic approach to optimal health and wellbeing. He has chaired MGT’s Science & Medical Advisory Board since 2015.

Donald Abrams, MD

ONCOLOGY & HEMATOLOGY

Donald Abrams, M.D., General Oncologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Integrative Oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at UC San Francisco, CA

Dr. Abrams was one of the original clinician/investigators to recognize many early AIDS-related conditions. He conducted numerous clinical trials investigating conventional as well as complementary therapies in patients with HIV.  Dr. Abrams most recently served on the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee of The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: “The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.” Just sixteen nationally-prominent physicians and researchers were selected to review and research 10,000 scientific abstracts to produce the comprehensive report published in 2017.
He is a graduate of Brown University and the Stanford University School of Medicine. 

Julie Holland, MD

PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Julie Holland, MD, Private Practice Psychiatrist, New York, NY

Dr. Holland is a psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology.  She is the medical monitor for two therapeutic studies of MDMA and cannabis, investigating potential treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans. Previously she served as an attending psychiatrist in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the inspiration for her 2009 national bestseller, Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER. Dr. Holland is the editor of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis and author of Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing and What’s Really Making You Crazy, a guide to health and wellbeing for women of all ages

Gregory Yim, MD

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Gregory Yim, MD, Private Practice Pediatric Neurologist, Honolulu, HI

Oʻahu-born Dr. Yim is board-certified in pediatrics with a special certification in pediatric neurology. His lifelong interest in integrative medicine inspired him to explore the potential of medicinal cannabis which led to his selection as chief medical officer (CMO) for Maui Grown Therapies. As CMO, he emphasizes education and safe use of cannabis for various medical conditions. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Jefferson Medical College, he completed his pediatric residency at Kapiʻolani Medical Center and his specialty fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Columbia University Neurological Institute in New York. His peers have selected him as one of Honolulu Magazine’s Top Doctors every year since 2013.

Gregory Park, MD

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Gregory Park, MD, Internal Medicine, MD VIP Private Practice, Wailea, HI

Maui Grown Therapies co-founder, Dr. Park has specialized in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Primary Care Medicine on Maui since 1980. He is a staff physician at the Maui Memorial Cancer Center and previously served as Medical Director of the Cancer Center from 1984-2007. His expertise in cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, first alerted him to the palliative benefits of cannabis therapy as reported by his patients. Dr. Park established Hawaiʻi’s first personalized care practice in 2012 as an affiliate of the MDVIP nationwide network of physicians. He is a graduate of State University of New York, Buffalo and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Brian Becker, MD

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Brian Becker, MD, Integrative Family Medicine Private Practice, Tucson, AZ

Dr. Becker is an honors graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine who has worked within the field of Integrative Medicine for three decades. He received his certification in Myotherapy from The Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in 1988, and has maintained a private practice in bodywork throughout his career in healthcare. He was recruited to develop the initial curriculum within Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where he remains a clinical lecturer. Dr. Becker is the founder of LORIX Corporation, established in 1997, to promote Integrative Medicine. He is also a national and international consultant in Integrative Medicine-related product development. 

Michael Backes

EDUCATION ADVISOR

Michael Backes, Medical Cannabis Researcher and Author, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Backes is a highly regarded researcher and expert in cannabis science and the endocannabinoid system. His book, Cannabis Pharmacy, the Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana has long been Amazon’s best-selling book on the subject. A true renaissance man, Michael previously enjoyed a successful Hollywood career as a screenwriter, digital pioneer, and award-winning special effects artist. His personal stuggle with migraine pain launched his pursuit of research into the medical use of cannabis. Michael is a member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines and the American Herbal Products Association. A gifted educator, he is an internationally respected cannabis authority who personally educates Maui Grown Therapies staff members and patients. 

Jeff McElroy, PhD

CULTIVATION ADVISOR

Jeff McElroy, PhD, JB McElroy Agricultual Consultants, Portland, ME 

Mr. McElroy has 40 years of experience in agricultural operations and research, including his tenure as Director of Production Operations at a vertically integrated, State-licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Maine. His specialties include the design of indoor and greenhouse crop cultivation, research and production facilities, growing methodologies and  operations, plant nutrition, lighting, gas exchange management, biological pest and disease control, biosafety principles and protocols, plant breeding, genetics and post-harvest crop handling.  He teaches agricultural best practices and guides research and production teams.  He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in Botany and earned his PhD in Plant Breeding from and Cornell University.

James Peake, MD

VETERANS AFFAIRS

James Peake, MD, Senior Vice President, CGI Federal, Wasau, WI

Dr. Peake is a former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2007-2009) and Surgeon General of the United States Army (2000-2004). He was the nation’s principal advocate for veterans overseeing a nationwide system of health care services, benefits and programs for American veterans and dependents. He received his  BS degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his MD from Cornell University Medical School. Dr. Peake started his Army medical career as a general surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Center, in Houston, Texas. His interest in medical cannabis is driven by his lifelong care for veterans.

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