Last updated on: 5/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Katherine Mortati, MD Biography

Title:
Neurologist in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana may have antiseizure benefits in some patients, but may also have seizure provoking effects in others. However, until more data is known, and certainly until legalization is more widespread, it is unlikely that marijuana will be proposed as an antiepileptic treatment for seizures.”

“Does Marijuana Help in Patients With Epilepsy?” FACES, Fall 2007

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:
  • Neurologist, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, 2008-present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, NYU, 2005-present
  • Neurologist, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, 2006-2008
  • Founded, Women’s Epilepsy Program at New York University (NYU)
  • Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy, Brigham & Women’s Hospital of Harvard University, 2003-2005
  • Neurology residency, Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University School of Medicine, 2003
Education:
  • MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University School of Medicine, 1999
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Epilepsy (Seizures)?