About the Chairman
Dr. Thomas A. Gionis serves as President & Chairman of the Board of Directors, of the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (www.ABMMP.com) and also the Fulbright Academy of Law, Peace and Public Health (www.FulbrightAcademyLaw.org).
Dr. Gionis is also United States Fulbright Scholar in Law, and former Member of the United States Fulbright PEER Review Committee Global / Public Health; former two-time UCLA Visiting Scholar in Public Health, UCLA School of Public Health; and former Research Fellow in Emergency Medicine, Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gionis served his Fulbright Scholar award in Prague, Czech Republic; he has also served as a Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine; Fellow, American Institute for Healthcare Quality; and Fellow, International College of Surgeons; and Distinguished Fellow, Royal Society of Fellows.
Additionally, Dr. Gionis has served as President, American University of Sovereign Nations, and Dean, American University of Sovereign Nations School of Medicine – the first-ever University in United States history to be on Native American Tribal Sovereign Nation Land to offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Bioethics and Global Public Health (MBGPH) degrees. Dr. Gionis has been an invited Lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Health, where he lectured in Health Law and Principles of Global Health; and has been a frequent Invited Lecturer on topics such as Human Research Subject Protection, Bioethics, Global Public Health, Peace, and International Law, at seminars and conferences of the United Nations UNESCO, and has served as Chairman, Joint Study Committee on Clinical Research Ethics (Joint Program of Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology & American Board of Healthcare Law and Medicine).
Dr. Gionis has been recognized as the youngest individual in United States to be awarded the medical degree (M.D.); he graduated high school at 16 years of age and in approximately one year completed 3 ½ years of college, thereby starting medical school at 17, and was awarded the M.D. degree at 21 years of age.
He obtained his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina; J.D. degree (Cum Laude), John Marshall Law School; L.L.M., St. Thomas University School of Law; M.B.A., Pepperdine University Graduate School of Business; M.H.A., Seton Hall University, Center for Public Service; and his M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.).
In addition to serving as Professor of Law at Aristotle University, Dr. Gionis served as Adjunct Professor in Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Walter H. & Dorothy B. Diamond International Tax Program. He has previously served and taught law as Adjunct Professor in Law (LL.M. program), Walter H. & Dorothy B. Diamond International Tax Program, St. Thomas University School of Law (Miami, Fl), and as Adjunct Professor in Law (JD program) also at St. Thomas University School of Law. Dr. Gionis completed his general surgery residency and cardiovascular surgery fellowship at Tulane Medical Center – Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, and his Research Fellowship in Emergency Medicine Research, Harvard University-Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Department of Emergency Medicine (Boston). He taught advanced trauma life support at Harvard-MGH for well over a decade.