Last updated on: 5/12/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Donald Gross, MD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Alberta
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There’s not been a randomized, controlled trial demonstrating that marijuana or any cannabinoid is any more effective in controlled seizures than a placebo. It’s terribly complicated from a physician’s standpoint, and somewhat frustrating. We have a product that has been legitimized without any evidence of efficacy.”

“Medicinal Marijuana on Trial,” New York Times, Mar. 29, 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:
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Alberta
  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Comprehensive Adult Epilepsy Program, University of Alberta
Education:
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada)
  • MD, school unknown
  • BSc, University of Saskatchewan
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Epilepsy (Seizures)?