Last updated on: 2/22/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph Garbely, DO Biography

Title:
Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Caron appreciates the efforts made by Pennsylvania lawmakers with their thoughtful and highly regulated approach to the legalization of marijuana for medical use… Use is restricted to medical maladies including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anemia, AIDS, and glaucoma.

We have no objection to the appropriate and legal prescribing of medical marijuana for the conditions listed above. However, as an evidence-based treatment center, Caron’s position is that more research must be done to better understand the short- and long-term impact of the drug on individuals and the likelihood of abuse.”

“The Impact of Medical Marijuana Legislation,” caron.org (accessed Feb. 22, 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:
  • Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Aug. 2012-present
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • Chairman, Physician in Training Committee, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Member, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association
  • Former Associate Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers
Education:
  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1990
Other:
  • Board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Recipient, Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, American Psychiatric Association
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Alternative to Opioid Treatment?