Last updated on: 9/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Gustaaf Albert Dekker, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We already had serious concerns about marijuana because of the mental health issues, also for the baby this is yet another warning that although people might have a liberal attitude towards marijuana outside pregnancy perhaps, if you’re really thinking of planning to have a baby really stop it months and months before you try to conceive.”

“Test to Predict Risk of Premature Birth,” PM, abc.net.au, July 18, 2012

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:
  • Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide
  • Vice President, International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, 2012
  • President, Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ), 2004-2007
  • Project Leader and Clinical Study Director, SCOPE Study
  • Member, Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Attended the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Feb. 1-6, 2010