Last updated on: 3/27/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Pedro Oliveros, MD Biography

Title:
Medical Director at the Physical Medicine & Rehab Center of Orlando
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“As a physician, I have constantly searched for treatment options for my patients’ chronic pain. And until the Florida medical marijuana initiative passed with an astonishing 71.3 percent majority in 2016, I realized I had many misconceptions about the drug. With research, though, I learned that marijuana not only has multiple potential medical uses, but it also has fewer side effects compared to other medications…

In addition to pain relief, medical marijuana provides relief to the common conditions associated with chronic pain, such as anxiety/depression and insomnia. With medical marijuana, the pharmacological management for chronic pain can be simplified with lesser need to also prescribe medications for anxiety, depression and insomnia…

The addictive effect of marijuana is slight, and there is no risk of death with marijuana withdrawal.”

“Commentary: Medical Marijuana Can Help Reduce Our Opioid Dependency: Physician,” orlandosentinel.com, Feb. 9, 2018

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:
  • Medical Director, Physical Medicine & Rehab Center of Orlando
  • Affiliated physician, pain management, Health Central Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
  • Education:
  • MD, University of the East College of Medicine, 1983
  • Other:
  • Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Quoted in:
    1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
    2. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?