Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Nicholas A. Pace, MD Biography

Title:
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University Medical Center
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Recent research shows that marijuana has detrimental effects on the brain, lungs, heart and fertility. The THC (the main ingredient in marijuana) content in marijuana used today is twice as strong as 30 years ago.

The false impression that there is a medical need for marijuana confuses and misleads a poorly informed compassionate public in believing that the medical profession is withholding helpful medication from the sick.”

“Letter to the Editor,” New York Times, Apr. 26, 2006

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 Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University Medical Center
  • Founder, President, and Medical Director, Pace Health Services
  • Medical Consultant (and past Medical Director), New York Executive Offices of General Motors
  • Life Member, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
  • Member, The Recovery Institute
  • Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Past Chair, New York State Governor’s Advisory Committee on Alcoholism
  • Founding Director and past Vice Chair, American Council on Drug Education
  • Co-founder and past President, Alcoholism Council of Greater New York
  • Advisor to First Lady Nancy Reagan for the Chemical People Project, 1982-1983
  • Former Special Advisor to President Ford’s White House Physician, 1975-1976
Education:
  • MD, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, 1959
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?