Last updated on: 8/10/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA Biography

Title:
Immediate Past President of the ASAM Board of Directors
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here really is no such thing as medical marijuana… The dangers and risks of marijuana are well-known by the scientific community, even if they are downplayed by corporate interests wishing to get rich off of legalization. Apathy, lost productivity, addictive disease, deterioration in intellectual function, motor vehicle accidents, and psychosis are all among the negative outcomes. All from a product that has no demonstrated benefit. For nearly all conditions for which marijuana has purported benefits, we already have existing medications – safe medications – demonstrated to have value.”

“Testimony of Stuart Gitlow MD MPH MBA,” Senate Committee on the Judiciary website, July 13, 2016

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:
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Chair, Council on Science and Public Health, American Medical Association (AMA), June 2007-present
  • Executive Director, Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2005-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), 1999-present
  • Behavioral Consultant and Physician, 1992-present
  • Delegate, American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, 1985-present
  • President, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), 2013-2015
  • Recipient, Service Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in Support of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Authorities, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, June 2014
  • Recipient, Stephen J. Sadowski Public Affairs Award, US Coast Guard Auxilliary, Apr. 2012
  • Recipient, US Coast Guard Auxilliary Commandant’s Letted of Commendation, US Coast Guard Auxilliary, Aug. 2011
  • Education:
  • MBA, University of Rhode Island, 2006
  • MPH, Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • MD, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, 1988
  • BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT), 1984
  • Other:
  • Has an active addiction medicine practice
  • Produced Health Channel and ABC programming at America Online
  • Participant on ReachMD XM radio
  • Lectures internationally on topics in addiction medicine and addiction-related disability
  • Recipient, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Harvard University
  • Certified as an Aviation Medical Examiner, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 2006
  • Certified as a Commercial Pilot, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 1992