Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Fiona Campbell, MD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Cannabinoids are no more effective than codeine in controlling pain and have depressant effects on the central nervous system that limit their use. Their widespread introduction into clinical practice for pain management is therefore undesirable. In acute postoperative pain they should not be used…

We found insufficient evidence to support the introduction of cannabinoids into widespread clinical practice for pain management.”

“Are Cannabinoids an Effective and Safe Treatment Option in the Management of Pain? A Qualitative Systematic Review,” BMJ (British Medical Journal), July 7, 2001

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, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
  • Staff Anesthesiologist and Consultant in Pain Medicine, Sick Kids (Toronto, Canada)
  • Member, Patient Care Committee, Sick Kids, 2004
  • Member, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain (UTCSP), 2003
  • Chair, Pain and Sedation Committee, Sick Kids, 2003
Education:
  • MD, McMaster University, 1984
  • BS, McMaster University, 1980
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?