Last updated on: 3/26/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Gil Bar-Sela, MD Biography

Title:
Director of the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit at the Rambam Health Care Campus (Haifa)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We followed patients with a medicinal cannabis license to evaluate the advantages and side effects of using cannabis by cancer patients…
All cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain had significant improvement… There were no significant side effects to the cannabis except for memory lessening in the 106 patients who continued cannabis use.”

Cowritten with Marina Vorobeichik, Saher Drawsheh, Anat Omer, Victoria Goldberg, and Ella Muller, “The Medical Necessity for Medicinal Cannabis: Prospective, Observational Study Evaluating the Treatment in Cancer Patients on Supportive or Palliative Care,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 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:
  • Director, Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, Division of Oncology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel, 2010-present
  • Senior Oncologist, Division of Oncology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel, 2003-present
  • Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 2000-present
  • Research Fellowship in Translational Research, Radiation Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda MD, USA, 2005-2006
  • Fellowship in Palliative Care and Complementary Medicine in Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and UCSF Cancer Center, San Francisco, 2003
  • Residency in Oncology (combined Radiation and Medical Oncology), Rambam Medical Center, 1997-2003
  • Anthroposophy Medicine Fellowship, Herdke Hospital, Germany (Pediatric Oncology); Ita Wegman Clinic, Switzerland (Internal Medicine); Lukas Clinic, Switzerland (Oncology), 1997
  • Member, Helsinki Committee, Rambam Health Care Campus, 2009-2011
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Palliative Care Section, Israel Cancer Association, 2004-2010
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Complementary Medicine Section, Israel Cancer Association, 2004-2010
  • Member, European Society for Medical Oncology, Israel Medical Association, Israel Association for Clinical Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Israel Association for Integrative Medicine
  • Education:
  • MD, Ben Gurion University (Israel), 1997
  • Other:
  • Anthroposophical physician accreditation, World Anthroposophy Society, 2002
  • Israel Board certification in Medical and Radiation Oncology, 2003
  • Military Service with the Navy Seals, 1983-1988
  • Born in Israel in 1964
  • Quoted in:
    1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?