Last updated on: 2/21/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Frank D'Ambrosio, MD Biography

Title:
Orthopedic Surgeon
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I came to the realization that reconstructive spine surgery for back pain does not alleviate the pain and that I now had an office filled with patients addicted to opioid pain medications. In the United States in 2017, 70,237 patients died from opioid overdoses. Five years ago, I decided that I would not contribute more patients to these devastating numbers. I stopped prescribing opioids and instead gave all of my patients recommendation letters to obtain medicinal cannabis in the State of California.

Cannabis should be treated like any other medicine so that physicians can prescribe dosages with disease specific strains…

The legalisation of cannabis and its acceptance as a medical alternative to opioids is at times a polarizing subject, but it does not need to be. The research exists, and my clinical practice confirms that thousands of deaths from opioid overdoses could be avoided.”

“Why I Recommend Medicinal Cannabis as a Replacement Analgesic for Opioids,” blogs.bmj.com, Jan. 25, 2019

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:
  • Orthopedic surgeon
  • Medical marijuana advocate
  • Surgical resident, Kings County-Downstate Medical Center, 1988-1992
Education:
  • MD, Albany Medical College, 1986
  • BA, Haverford College, 1981
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @drfranklive
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Alternative to Opioid Treatment?