Director of the New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"[P]atients and parents are finding official and backdoor ways to give marijuana to their children.
But scientific studies have yet to bear out the hopes of these desperate families. The truth is we lack evidence not only for the efficacy of marijuana, but also for its safety. This concern is especially relevant in children, for whom there is good evidence that marijuana use can increase the risk of serious psychiatric disorders and long-term cognitive problems.
Where is the data showing that marijuana is effective for epilepsy? Although parents may report improvements in their children, it is important to remember that the placebo response is powerful, and the placebo response is greater in pediatric than adult studies.
Before more children are exposed to potential risks, before more desperate families uproot themselves and spend their life savings on unproven miracle marijuana cures, we need objective data from randomized placebo-controlled trials."
Cowritten with Daniel Friedman, "We Need Proof on Marijuana," New York Times, Feb. 12, 2014
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:
Director, New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Director, Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine
Board member, American Epilepsy Society
Co-editor, Reviews in Neurological Diseases, Epilepsy, Behavior, and Epilepsy.com
Clinical Fellowships, National Institute of Health, 1986-1988
Residency Training, Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian, 1983-1986
Internship, Beth Israel Hospital, 1982-1983
Board certified, Abnormal Psychiatry and Neurology, 1987