Medical Advisory Board
Tweed has established a Medical Advisory Board to support and provide guidance on the application of Cannabis in clinical practice. The Medical Advisory Board will reflect both the geographic diversity of Canada and the therapeutic diversity of Cannabis consisting of practitioners of multiple disciplines from various parts of Canada.
Dr. Alan Bell
Dr. Bell is a family physician and clinical researcher in Toronto, Canada. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, and on the active staff of the Humber River Regional Hospital. He is a recipient of the Canadian College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence. Dr. Bell’s involvement in continuing medical education includes the development and presentation of many national projects. He has served as faculty and chair of countless committees and advisory boards dedicated to serving the common interests of the medical profession and the public.
He is past chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Antiplatelet Guideline Committee, member of Thrombosis Canada Executive Council, the Canadian Stroke Network Professional Development Committee, Ontario Lung Association Asthma Advisory Committee and Peer Reviewer for the Canadian Medical Association Journal. His research, commentaries and letters have been presented and published internationally.
Dr. Marcia Gillman
Dr. Marcia Gillman is a palliative care specialist with a particular interest in cannabinoid-based therapy. She works at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, a McGill University-affiliated tertiary care teaching hospital, where she is an attending physician on a busy 17-bed specialized palliative care unit. She is also a member of the Pulmonary Oncology interdisciplinary team and holds regular outpatient clinics for symptom management of lung cancer patients in the hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre. Dr. Gillman holds an academic position as Faculty Lecturer with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine (Department of Family Medicine) and her teaching duties include small group seminars with medical students and residents, as well as supervision of residents during their rotations on the palliative care unit. In addition to her hospital duties, she is a founding director of Santé Cannabis, which is Quebec’s first clinic specializing in cannabis and cannabinoid medicine.
Dr. Gillman’s work with the terminally ill has guided her interest in the use of cannabinoids as an adjunct to traditional medications used to alleviate symptoms in the terminal cancer patient. Her opinions and support for the use of medical cannabis have been published in a variety of print and online media sources, including the Montreal Gazette, La Presse, the Ottawa Citizen and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
Dr. Linda Robinson
Dr. Linda Robinson is an Ottawa-based anesthesiologist with a full time practice in Chronic Pain Management. She is associated with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), providing opinions on medical treatment of injured workers. Prior to opening her private practice, Dr. Robinson was a Staff Anesthesiologist at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, where she was Director of the Chronic Pain Management Unit from 1990-2001. For many years Dr. Robinson has been involved in teaching Anesthesia and Emergency residents, medical students, and paramedics as Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She was the coordinator of the Core Lecture Series, which was part of the Anesthesiology Resident Academic Program. Dr. Robinson has been involved in advisory boards for a number of pharmaceutical companies and for many years has given continuing medical education (CME) presentations to family practitioners on a wide range of pain related topics. She is a member of several medical associations including the Canadian Pain Society, the Canadian Society of Anesthesiology, and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Robinson has also been involved in medicolegal assessments and has served as an expert witness in court cases.
Dr. Janet McCulloch
Dr. Janet McCulloch has practiced medicine in Kingston for over thirty years, first as a family physician and then as a Psychiatrist. She is a graduate of Queen’s University’s School of Medicine and the Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr McCulloch served as Director of Psychotherapy Training at Queen's University before moving into private practice in 2000. In the past 15 years, Dr McCulloch has focused on helping Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Along with colleagues, Dr McCulloch opened the Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback in 2010. The clinic provides care for many Veterans and family members in Kingston, Ontario.
Dr. Danial Schecter
Dr. Danial Schecter is co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) and a practicing family physician. After working alongside some of Canada’s leading researchers in the field of medical cannabis, Dr. Schecter developed a strong interest in the therapeutic use of cannabinoids. As a recognized medical expert in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis, Dr. Schecter has given numerous presentations to fellow physicians and developed educational programs on this subject. Dr. Schecter spearheaded the creation of the Patient Handbook on Medical Cannabis used by many organizations as a patient education tool. In addition to cannabinoid medicine, Dr. Schecter’s clinical interests include delivering a high standard of care to at risk elderly and palliative care patients, prompting him to establish his own house-calls service in Georgian Bay, ON. Along with his other clinical duties Dr. Schecter continues to be an active hospitalist at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, ON.
Dr. Michael Zahavi
Dr. Michael Zahavi graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1989 and has practiced family medicine since that time. In response to his aging full time family practice in Durham Ontario, Dr. Zahavi felt a significant need for further education in pain management. He completed a preceptorship with The Jacobs Pain Centre in May 2006, where he has since practiced pain medicine one day a week. Dr. Zahavi has completed various other preceptorships and training courses, and has served as a consultant on multiple regional task forces. He has been involved in the development and implementation of many chronic pain related CME programs for family physicians. He has also been principle investigator on research studies and has completed assessments in chronic pain management standards for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) with regard to physician prescribing practices. Dr. Zahavi has a GP focused practice designation in chronic pain.
Dr. Jason Gross
Dr. Jason A. Gross, Pharm.D. has been in pharmaceutical development for 21 years focused on clinical development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing and quality assurance. Dr. Gross has served in the United States Army, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Doctor of Pharmacy. He began his pharmaceutical career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a resident specializing in Ambulatory Care, focused in hematology and pain management. He continued his government service as an officer in the Public Health Service with the United States Food and Drug Administration, in various roles including Chief Consumer Safety Officer, for the Division of Bioequivalence.
He has worked for a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies, and most recently was a venture partner (Vice President of Scientific Affairs) at MDS Capital and an executive at Cipher Pharmaceutics (Vice President of Scientific and Medical Affairs).
Dr. Gross brings strong pharmaceutical experience to the Tweed Medical Advisory Board, along with his special interest in pain management.
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