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R. Balfour Sartor, MD Biography

Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Because IBD [Inflammatory Bowel Disease] is an illness that lasts a lifetime, patients and their physicians should concentrate on discovering the cause of symptoms and pinpointing a treatment that will control them without causing adverse side effects. Using a substance such as marijuana to alleviate symptoms only masks the actual problem.”

“Cannabis and IBD: A Fragile Connection,” Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America website (accessed Aug. 4, 2005)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chairperson Emeritus, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s National Scientific Advisory Committee
  • “Basic Science on the Cutting Edge” Section Editor, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the official journal of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
  • Education:

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    “Dr. Sartor’s research focuses on understanding the etiology and pathogenesis of chronic intestinal inflammation and associated extraintestinal manifestations.”

    Quoted in:
    1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?