Last updated on: 3/9/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Mark Wallace, MD Biography

Title:
Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and Program Director at UCSD Center for Pain Medicine
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The results [of his research] suggest that there is a theraputic window of the cannibis. If you don’t get enough of it, you don’t get pain relief. If you get too much of it, you actually increase their pain. I think we need to keep working to demonstrate the medicinal use of cannabis by good, quality research and then get it in the hands of a pharmacist.”

“UCSD Researchers Studying Marijuana, Pain Relief,” 10News.com (San Diego, CA)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Anesthesiology, University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
  • Program Director, UCSD Center for Pain Medicine
  • Director, Cancer Pain Relief Unit, Moores UCSD Cancer Center
  • Chair, UCSD Human Subjects Committee
  • Associate Editor, Clinical Journal of Pain
  • Recipient, Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, UCSD, 2002
  • Fellow, Pain Medicine, UCSD Medical Center
  • Residency in Anesthesiology, University of Maryland
Education:
  • MD, Creighton University
Other:
  • Hospital Affiliations: UCSD Thornton Hospital, La Jolla, and UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest