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David Hadorn, MD, PhD Biography

Senior Research Fellow and Director at the Centre for Assessment and Prioritisation in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago Wellington School of Medicine
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“I have seen many patients with chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea, anorexia, and other unpleasant symptoms obtain significant -- often remarkable -- relief from cannabis medicines, well beyond what had been provided by traditional (usually opiate-based) pain relievers.”

Use of Cannabis Medicines in Clinical Practice,” , July 17, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Research Fellow and Director, Centre for Assessment and Prioritisation, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine, 2009-present
  • Director, Law & Economic Consulting Group (Wellington, New Zealand), 2005-2009
  • Medical Consultant, BC Pharmacare (Victoria, Canada), 2001-2002
  • Research Director, Western Canada Waiting List Project, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), 1999-2001
  • Chief Advisor, Research and Policy Analysis, Health Funding Authority (Wellington, NZ), 1997-1999
  • Manager, Special Projects, National Advisory Committee on Health and Disability, Ministry of Health (Wellington, NZ), 1993-1997
  • Professional Consultant, RAND Corporation, 1991-1996
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Health Services Research, RAND Corporation, 1989-1991
  • Senior Research Associate, Center for Health Ethics and Policy, University of Colorado, 1988-1993
  • Emergency Physician, United Medical Staff of Boulder (Boulder, CO), 1985-1989
  • Director, Division of Emergency Medicine, Penn State University, 1982-1984
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine and Research, Penn State University, 1982-1984
  • Emergency physician, various California hospitals, 1979-1982
  • Former North American Medical Director and Medical Consultant, GW Pharmaceuticals
  • PhD, Philosophy, Victoria University, Wellington, 2002
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Colorado, 1988
  • MD, University of California at San Diego, 1976
  • BS, University of California at Irvine, 1972
  • Board Member, Drug Policy Forum Trust, Centre for the Study of Assessment, and New Zealand Drug Policy Forum Trust
  • Board of Advisors, Stop the Drug War
  • Member, Panel on Cost-effectiveness in Health and Medicine, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1993-1996
  • Project Director, “Developing a Clinical Practice Guideline for Congestive Heart Failure,” RAND Corporation, 1992-1996
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Louisville General Hospital, Louisville, KY, 1977-1979
  • Internship, Surgery University Hospital, San Diego, CA, 1976-1977
Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?
  2. Should Marijuana Ever Be Used to Treat Children and Adolescents?