Dr. Sunil K. Aggarwal

2016 Cannabis Conference


Sunil K. Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FAAPMR is a Palliative Medicine Physician and Associate Hospice Medical Director at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Washington state. A NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship graduate, Dr. Aggarwal received his PhD in 2008 and MD in 2010 from the University of Washington (UW). He completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was a finalist for Resident of the Year. He completed a Clinical Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the NIH Clinical Center. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and chapters. A graduate of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Aggarwal received a BS (Chemistry, High Honors), a BA (Philosophy, With Distinction in General Scholarship) and a minor in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, he wrote a PhD dissertation entitled ‘The medical geography of cannabinoid botanicals in Washington state: Access, delivery, and distress”, conducted under NIH first-issued federal Certificates of Confidentiality. Dr. Aggarwal successfully led the effort to get the AMA to call in 2009 for a review of the Scheduling classification of cannabis, their first such statement in 72 years. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ Cancer CAM information summary on cannabis and cannabinoids. He has been invited to speak on ‘Cannabis and Pain’ by Congressional Black Caucus Health Conference. He is an Affiliated Faculty of the MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation, and an Invited Affiliate Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Geography, an Associate Member of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research & the NY Academy of Medicine, an Honorary Trustee of the Medicinal Cannabis Foundation of India, and Vice-President of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. (www.cannabinologist.org)