Keynote Speaker Announced
VCBH is delighted to announce our 9th Annual VCBH Conference Keynote Speaker Neal L. Benowitz, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Dr. Benowitz’s research interests have focused primarily on the human pharmacology and toxicology of nicotine and cannabis. He has published more than 700 research papers and contributed to several US Surgeon Generals' reports on smoking and health in the areas of nicotine addiction and the cardiovascular effects of tobacco use, including cigarettes, water pipe and electronic cigarette use. Dr Benowitz maintains an active clinical practice in cardiovascular medicine and medical toxicology and is a member of a number of medical societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Pharmacology Study Section, the FDA Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee and the FDA Tobacco Products Science Advisory Committee as well as president of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
Dr. Benowitz received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1969, and then served as a resident in internal medicine at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center from 1969 to 1971. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at UCSF and joined the faculty in 1974.