Last updated on: 4/7/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Thomas Orvald, MD Biography

Title:
Doctor at the The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The treatment for glaucoma is to somehow get the [intraocular] pressure down within the globe [of the eye]. It just so happens that one of the many virtues of cannabis is that it has the capability of decreasing intraocular pressure… Cannabis is a very effective way, used properly, to decrease the pressure within the eye and to preserve this wonderful retina back here that transcribes all the visual sights into the brain.”

“Cannabis Common Sense: Thomas Orvald M.D. Discusses Medical Cannabis and Glaucoma,” YouTube, Apr. 29, 2009

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:
  • Doctor, The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF)
  • Cardiac surgeon, 1971-2001
  • Professor, Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Miami, 1970-1971
  • Thoracic Surgery Residency, University of Michigan, 1965-1968
  • Surgical Residency, Abington Memorial Hospital General, 1963-1965
  • General Surgical Residency, Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, 1961-1963
  • Internship, Lankenau Medical Center, 1962
Education:
  • MD, Hahnemann Medical School, 1960
  • BA, Princeton University, 1956
Other:
  • Approved 4,180 patients for medical marijuana use in 2012, at the Southeast 18th Avenue clinic of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation in Portland, OR (Noelle Crombie, “Medical Marijuana: A Few High-volume Doctors Approve Most Patients,” Oregonian, Dec. 29, 2012)
  • Licensed in WA, OR, HI, CO, CA
  • Charged with unprofessional conduct by the Washington Department of Health in Jan. 2014 for allegedly signing a Mar. 2011 medical marijuana authorization for a patient with asthma
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Glaucoma?