Last updated on: 7/13/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Gabriel Nahas, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Medicine at Columbia University
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The debate over using marihuana as medicine has been distorted by a basic confusion: the implicit assumption that smoking marihuana is a better therapy than the ingestion of its active therapeutic agent THC or a more effective one than approved medications. This assumption is wrong. THC (also known as Marinol) is an approved remedy that may be prescribed by physicians for nausea and AIDS wasting syndrome. It is safer than marihuana smoke.”

Co-written with Kenneth M. Sutin, W. Manger, and G. Hyman, “Marihuana Is the Wrong Medicine,” Wall Street Journal, Mar. 11, 1997

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:
  • Former Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Medicine, Columbia University
  • Former Scientific Advisor, Drug Watch International
  • Former Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth (now the National Family Partnership)
  • Former consultant, United Nations Commission on Narcotics
  • Testified at government hearings on marijuana
  • Former professor, University of Paris
  • Education:
  • PhD, cardiopulmonary physiology, University of Minnesota
  • MD, school unknown
  • MS, University of Rochester at the Mayo Clinic
  • Attended University of Toulouse
  • Other:
  • Died on June 28, 2012
  • Born in Alexandria, Egypt on Mar. 4, 1920
  • Was a medical student in France during World War II and joined the Resistance against the Nazis
  • Joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1959
  • Quoted in:
    1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for the Symptoms of Arthritis?
    2. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option for Patients with a Terminal Illness and Suffering Severe Pain?
    3. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?
    4. Is Marijuana Bad for the Immune System?