Dr. Sue Sisley, MD
President, Scottsdale Research Institute
Sue Sisley, MD, is an Arizona-based internal medicine physician. Dr. Sisley is best known for her pioneering research and for serving as a volunteer medical director for more than 40 state cannabis industry operating licenses from Hawaii to New Jersey since 2010. She is president of Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI), which has conducted FDA-controlled trials with veterans and first responders to examine the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis flower for treating severe pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She also serves as president of the Field to Healed Foundation, a 501(c)(3) arm of SRI, which is dedicated to studying botanical medicines. Dr. Sisley has also been conducting studies and publishing positive outcomes regarding cannabis use for opioid reduction/substitution with her team at the University of Michigan. Over the past few years, Dr. Sisley has levied three federal lawsuits against the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to remove barriers blocking cannabis research, as well as the 52-year-old government-enforced research monopoly. The culmination of these federal court cases resulted in Dr. Sisley and her team finally being awarded a DEA Schedule 1 bulk manufacturer license, which grants permission to cultivate cannabis flower for FDA-approved clinical trials. The acquisition of this federal cannabis cultivation license represents a dream that Dr. Sisley shared with her mother, Hanna Sisley, MD, a renowned primary care physician, who Sue practiced with for 20 years as the only mother-daughter physician team in Arizona.