Jeff Chen, MD


Dr. Jeff Chen MD/MBA is a physician, researcher, and social entrepreneur.  He is Founder and Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, where he leads a team of over 20 faculty members to conduct education and groundbreaking research into the effects of cannabis on society, including health, legal, economic, and social impact.

At the age of 29, he is one of the youngest Directors of a major research initiative at an American institution. He is a thought leader on the intersection of cannabis policy, science, and business, where he has worked for the last four years to accelerate cannabis research.  He has spoken on the topic of cannabis at organizations including RAND, Yale School of Management, UCLA Center for East West Medicine, Senator Feinstein’s Office, and Burning Man. Dr. Chen is a David Geffen Fellowship Recipient, UCLA Anderson Fellowship Recipient, and UCLA Wolfen Entrepreneurial Award Recipient.

He is a U.S. patent holder, a published author in cancer research, and sat on the Admissions Committee at the UCLA School of Medicine.  He is a graduate of the MD/MBA program at UCLA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University where he studied Biology, Business, and Music, and managed the microbiology lab of the Chair of the Microbiology Department, Dr. William Ghiorse. In his free time he enjoys making music and has sung with multiple nationally acclaimed groups, bringing him to performances at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican.