Dr. Stuart Silverman

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Stuart Silverman M.D. is a rheumatology physician, cannabis clinician and researcher in private practice who is a clinical Professor at both Cedars Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a faculty member of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.

He has spoken on the topic of cannabis at venues ranging nationally from Princeton University to locally at TEC-Leimert and giving Grand Rounds on cannabis at both Cedars Sinai and UCLA. He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed original papers. He has served as director of the Cedars Sinai outpatient Fibromyalgia Rehab program and Acting Chief of Rheumatology at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Kalytera Pharma, which is developing CBD and cannabinoids for treatment of disease, and has worked with Niamedic, an Israeli healthcare and research company specialized in integrating medical cannabis treatments.

He is part of a diversity initiative at UCRI and has started qualitative research on the cannabis journey in different racial/ethnic groups as well as working with UCRI on educational initiatives. He has received the Health Network Service Excellence award for his clinical research and practice which include chronic pain, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.

He is a graduate of Princeton University, Johns Hopkins medical school and completed his medical training in internal medicine at Boston University. He is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and immunology. In his rheumatology practice he helps patients with rheumatologic conditions with chronic pain. He helps patients decrease opioid dependence with use of cannabis and both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management.

Refocus on the Doctors, Researchers, and Scientists Healing Patients Through Cannabis

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1981: San Francisco activists routinely risk arrest to care for those dying in the throes of the AIDS crisis with cannabis.

2019: Cannabis billboards dot San Francisco’s skyline as brands maneuver for position in the newly minted Green Rush. 

While the current cannabis spotlight is increasingly focused on brands – an inevitable and in many ways positive sign of cannabis’ normalization – we can never forget that it was medical providers who laid down the foundation for the industry to exist at all, and who remain devoted to improving the lives of patients. 

It’s fair to say that in cannabis’ rapid rise into the mainstream the medical benefits of the plant have been sidelines in the national discussion, and so understandably that dynamic plays out at many cannabis conferences. We designed Microscopes and Machines to be a counterbalance to that trend, a chance to reprioritize the latest cannabis science and bring forward some of the extraordinary people doing that work: 

Dr. Jeff Chen: The Founder and Executive Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, one of the first university programs in the world dedicated to the study of cannabis, Dr. Chen is a renowned physician, researcher, entrepreneur and speaker.

Dr. Sue Sisley: The Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial examining safety/efficacy of whole plant marijuana in combat veterans suffering from PTSD. She is also suing the DEA over marijuana cultivation application delays.

Dr. Andrea Small-Howard: The Chief Science Officer at GB Sciences, Inc., Dr. Small-Howard is helping to create a novel drug discovery engine and biopharmaceutical drug development program for disease-specific, cannabis-based therapeutics.


This is a critical time for medical cannabis. FDA hearings on CBD and possible descheduling are underway. Big Pharma is making its move. The time is now to come together and figure out how to support scientific research in a way that honors the incredible healing potential of the plant, continues to keep the benefit of patients at the forefront, and inspires a new generation of researchers and medical professionals to pick up the torch and carry it into the future.  

We hope that you’ll join us for an opportunity to hear some of the most exciting new research happening. By uniting these two sides of cannabis – the microscopes and the machines – along with all of you, we truly believe that we can help build a cannabis industry that truly values people over profits.



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