Dr. Barry D. Kurtzer – Medical Marijuana 101
Dr. Barry Kurtzer is President, CEO, Director and Medical Director for DelShen Therapeutics Corporation, an applicant to become a Licensed Producer of Medical Marijuana under Health Canada Regulations. As a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1975, Dr. Kurtzer has been practising Occupational Medicine for almost 40 years. Dr. Kurtzer’s expertise spans issues relating to workplace substance use and testing programs from fitness for duty to labour law, privacy, and human rights. He is a member of the Executive of the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and holds Medical Review Officer specialist certification through the American Association of Medical Review Officers in compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing regulations.
He has served as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Group at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, and as Occupational Medicine Consultant to the Government of Ontario’s workforce. He is a member of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Kurtzer has been Medical Director for large and small corporations alike, including a company operating as one of Canada’s first mail-order pharmacies. He is currently Medical Director and Chief Medical Review Officer Emeritus for DriverCheck Inc., a company providing comprehensive workplace drug and alcohol testing programs and occupational health services to more than 5000 corporate clients across Canada.
As a result of his broad knowledge, Dr. Kurtzer has been invited to speak across Canada on matters including the use of medical marijuana. Engagements with the University of Toronto, various medical and safety associations and others have primarily focused on the health benefits and issues relating to medical marijuana use for patients, workers, employers, healthcare professionals, and communities alike. As an expert in the field of medical marijuana from safe and responsible use to patient rights, Dr. Kurtzer is a perfect fit for DelShen Therapeutics, whom he joined full time in March 2016.