Nationally-renowned HIV expert Donald I. Abrams, MD, is now president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). He is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California st San Francisco and one of the leading researchers of medical marijuana. He is also Assistant Director of the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital and since 1981 has been involved in several landmark studies on HIV and AIDS. He has conducted clinical trials of marijuana since 1997, with grants from the National Institute of Health.
He received an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Brown University in 1972 and graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. After completing an Internal Medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he became a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco in 1980. During his fellowship, Dr. Abrams spent eight months working in a retrovirology laboratory. He subsequently returned to the clinical arena where. He was involved in many of the initial trials of immune modulators and antiretroviral agents conducted by the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital.
He was one of the original investigators in the San Francisco AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) collaboration and has been the principal investigator for the San Francisco Community Consortium's Terry Beirn Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA) site since 1989. His current research interests include antiretroviral therapies, interventions for HIV-related wasting, alternative therapies and clinical trial design.
He received a grant from the NIH to conduct clinical trials of marijuana in patients with HIV infection. He is the author of numerous manuscripts on clinical aspects and treatments of HIV infection and serves on a number of editorial boards. He was a charter member of the Antiviral Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He received the Assistant Secretary of Health's Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in 1990.