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

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?