Last updated on: 9/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“If a patient were to ask me whether or not they should use marijuana to treat their pain, I would have to respond that it’s impossible for me as a physician to endorse a therapy that is illegal, of no proven medical benefit, and possibly also dangerous. I would propose, rather, that we use well-established therapies for the treatment of depression and anxiety that are already available to us.”

“Is Marijuana Good for Pain Relief?” ABC News website, Jan. 2, 2008

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:
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Board certified, Internal Medicine, 1999
  • Board eligible, Pediatrics Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Certification, Newborn Resuscitation Program (NRP)
Education:
  • MPH, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2003
  • MD, with Honors, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1995
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?