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

Kenneth Finn, MD Biography

Title:
President and Founder of Springs Rehabilitation, P.C.
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Overall, medical use of cannabis, in general, may offer benefit for those suffering from select pain disorders. Just like any medicine, it should meet the muster of scientific rigor and research. Colorado’s program may be used as a model of what works—but perhaps more importantly, what does not work when implementing dispensaries that make this product available to a broad range of individuals. Dosing guidelines need to be widely available and generally accepted. Products which are free of contaminants, tested consistently, and purified may benefit patients. However, science, not public opinion or anecdotes, should determine what is best for patient health and public safety.”

“A Commentary on Medical Cannabis,” Practical Pain Management, Oct. 2018

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:
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2018-present
  • Member, Colorado Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council, 2014-Present
  • President and Founder of Springs Rehabilitation, P.C., 1996-present
  • Medical Director/CEO, Kissing Camels Surgery Center, 2012-2013
  • Member, Governor’s Task Force on Amendment 64, Consumer Safety and Social Issues Work Group, 2012-2013
  • Peer Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006-2012
  • Advisory Panel, Cervical and Lumbar Medical Treatment Guidelines, Division of Worker’s Compensation, State of Colorado, 2006-2010
  • President and Founder, Interwest Rehabilitation (Scottsdale, AZ), 2005-2007
  • President and Founder, Interwest Rehabilitation (Littleton, CO), 2003-2005
  • Education:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical School-Houston, 1990
  • BS, Southern Methodist University, 1986
  • Other:
  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management
  • Quoted in:
    1. Is Marijuana an Effective Alternative to Opioid Treatment?