Lionel Raymon received his Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1989 from the University of Bourgogne, School of Medicine and Pharmacy in Dijon France. After an internship in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, he joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Addiction Research Center where he studied brain imaging in AIDS dementia as a Research Associate in the Department of Neuropharmacology with Dr. E. London. He then joined the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Under the mentoring of Dr. M. Eldefrawi, he graduated with a Ph.D. in 1994, studying cocaine binding sites, dopamine reuptake inhibition and possible leading chemicals to treat dependency states.
As a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. D. Mash at the National Parkinson Foundation, University of Miami School of Medicine, he worked on preclinical and clinical studies related to ibogaine, a potential anti-addictive drug. It is during the pharmacokinetic characterization of this drug (Phase I trial) that Dr. Raymon was introduced to the field of Forensic Toxicology, thanks to the support and help of Dr. W. Hearn’s laboratory at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Office. Dr. Raymon joined Chip Walls’ laboratory where he worked as a Program Specialist from July 1996 to January 2003. He developed analytical methods related to drug monitoring in biological specimens, forensic testing and epidemiological studies. His interest is in the understanding of impairment related to drug use, in driving under the influence and sexual assault cases. Dr. Raymon is now Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at NOVA Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Raymon is also chair of Pharmacology for Kaplan Medical and teaches Pathology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics in a number of US medical school programs and abroad.
He accepted a consulting position with The Forensic Panel in New York in January 2007.
Dr. Raymon has published in peer-reviewed journals, is the author/editor of several books or book chapters and has presented and chaired multiple symposia for SOFT, AAFS, TIAFT.