Last updated on: 7/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Donald Abrams, MD Biography

Title:
Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I am the Assistant Director of the AIDS Program at San Francisco General, and we have had for a long time patients with HIV smoking marijuana. And one would think it is the HIV community that has brought medical marijuana to the forefront, but in fact, marijuana has been used as a medicine as we all know, hundreds, if not thousands of years before HIV.”

Lecture, May 17, 1999

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:
  • Chairman, Community Consortium of Bay Area HIV Health Care Providers, 1985-present
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1984-present
  • Asst. Director, AIDS Activities, San Francisco General Hospital, 1983-present
  • Principal investigator and author of a clinical study on Marijuana and HIV/AIDS
Education:
  • Hematology/Oncology, Cancer Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, 1983, degree unknown
  • Internal Medicine, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Fransisco, 1980, degree unknown
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1975
  • AB, Molecular Biology, Brown University, 1972
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Marijuana Help AIDS/HIV Patients?
  2. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?
  3. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?