Last updated on: 6/25/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrew M. McIntosh, MSc, MD, MPhil, MBChB Biography

Title:
Clinical Reader in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Meta-analysis suggests that cannabis is a risk factor, increasing the chances of developing schizophrenia or a schizophrenia-like psychotic illness by approximately three-fold…

Our findings underline the need to recognize the use of cannabis as a significant risk factor for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychotic illness.”

Cowritten with David M. Semple and Stephen M. Lawrie, “Cannabis as a Risk Factor for Psychosis: Systematic Review,” Journal of Psychopharmacology, Mar. 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Reader in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Aug. 2009-present
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Yale Medical School, May 2009-June 2011
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, July 2005-July 2009
  • Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Jan. 2004-May 2005
  • Clinical Training Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Jan. 2001-Jan. 2004
  • Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Nov 1999-Dec 2003
  • Specialist Training in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Aug 1996-Feb 1997 & Aug 1997-Nov 1999
  • Wellcome Trust Research Registrar, University of Edinburgh, Feb 1997-Aug 1997
  • House Officer (general practitioner) in General Medicine and Neurosurgery/Plastics, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aug 1995-Aug 1996
Education:
  • MSc, Applied Statistics, Napier University, 2004
  • MD, Medicine, University of Edinburgh, 2004
  • MPhil, Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, 2000
  • MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists), Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1999
  • MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), Aberdeen University, 1995
  • BSc, Medical Science, Aberdeen University, 1992
Other:
  • None found