Last updated on: 3/13/2013 | Author:

Marla Dubinsky, MD Biography

Director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“[I] don’t advocate smoking marijuana, that’s just not something I advocate. I do understand that all of these issues that may be improved by smoking marijuana may be something we can address by better treatments, understanding why you’re having these symptoms and addressing more of that than, per say, saying at the moment there is clear evidence to support that cannabis – at some level – actually has an anti-inflammatory property.”

Medical panel discussion about IBD, available at (accessed Mar. 1, 2013)

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:
  • Director, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Abe and Claire Levine Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Member, American Gastroenterology Association
  • Member, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Member, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American
  • Member, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Research Fellow, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow, Sainte-Justine Hospital at the University of Montreal (Canada)
  • Pediatric Resident, Alberta Children’s Hospital (Canada)
  • MD, Queens Hospital (Canada)
  • Board certified in pediatric gastroenterology
  • Research interests include the immune and genetic influences on the natural history and treatment of IBD and the study of pharmacognetics to evaluate how heredity influences drug response and individualizing the management of IBD
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?