Last updated on: 9/24/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Elin Kondrad, MD Biography

Title:
Medical Director for the Family Medicine Center at the St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There are physiologic reasons to believe that marijuana may have analgesic properties, and trials of purified cannabinoids and of smoked marijuana furnish some preliminary support for this idea, particularly in the case of neuropathic pain. However, the current evidence is based on small trials whose results are difficult to generalize to widespread use of medical marijuana. We need more high-quality studies to determine whether the benefits of medical marijuana outweigh its risks.”

“Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain,” North Carolina Medical Journal, May/June 2013

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:
  • Medical Director, Family Medicine Center, St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency
  • Faculty physician, Family Medicine Center, St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency
  • Former employee, OB/GYN Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Education:
  • Residency program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2008
  • MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
  • BA, Bryn Mawr College, 1999
Other:
  • Hobbies include cooking, running, hiking, and reading novels
  • Full legal name is Elin Curran Kondrad
  • Received medical license from CO on May 14, 2009