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Medical Cannabis 101

Medical Cannabis 101

Chicago, IL

Monday, April 9, 2018

Medical Cannabis 101
April 9, 2018 | Program: 6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 5:45pm)
mHub | 965 W. Chicago Avenue (map)
$20 (light appetizers and smoothies will be provided by Protein Bar)

Want to better understand the science behind medical cannabis? Wondering if you or someone you know could benefit from treatments? Interested in learning how the Illinois legislature approves new conditions for the program? State Senator Don Harmon, industry experts, physicians, patients and a pharmacist will discuss the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program and share anecdotal evidence of its successes and challenges.

Discussion Topics

Testimonials: Success and Challenges of Treatments

The science behind the treatments

Qualifying conditions and legislative options

Overview of IL Medical Cannabis Program

Highlights of Pending Medical Cannabis Legislation


Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) is currently serving his fifth term in the Illinois Senate. He serves in leadership as the Senate President Pro Tempore. During his tenure, Senator Harmon has championed numerous causes including early childhood education, easing the tax burden on working families, curbing gun violence, marriage equality and expanding healthcare for low-income families.

Senator Harmon serves as Chair of the Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, as well as on the Assignment and Judiciary Committees. He holds both a law degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Rahul Khare, CEO, Innovative Express Care

Is the founder of Innovative Express Care. Innovative Express Care is a primary care and urgent care center with specialized services such as mental health therapy, pain management, and medical cannabis certification and consultation. For the last 10 years, Dr. Khare was an emergency physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as an Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

Dr. Jay Joshi, MD, DABA, DABA-PM, FABA-PM, CEO/Medical Director – National Pain Centers

Is a nationally recognized, double board certified Anesthesiologist and fellowship trained Interventional Spine and Pain Management physician. He is considered a National “Key Opinion Leader” in pain management and has presented to a variety of audiences all over the country. He has served as the Medical Director of Pain Management at a local Chicago land area hospital. In addition, Dr. Joshi has an extensive background, as a physician, researcher, innovator, and has even served as a medical advisor to to numerous pharmaceutical, medical device, technology, automotive, media, marketing, and incubator companies.

Ayesha Akhtar, MPH, Director of Education, Epilepsy Foundation Greater Chicago

Is the Director of Education of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. She is also a Master Trainer in Diversity & Cross Cultural Awareness. Ayesha earned her M.P.H. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, focusing on culturally sensitive approaches to health care. She has over 10 years of experience as a health educator in a variety of settings and is passionate about educating communities with health information to individuals live empowered and informed lives. Ayesha also specializes in trainings for African-American, Hispanic American and other diverse communities looking for culturally sensitive approaches to learning about epilepsy. Ayesha is fluent in Spanish and Urdu.

Dr. Steven Salzman, Medical Director, Green Care Medical

Is a practicing trauma surgeon and trauma intensivist with over 20 years of experience. He has unprecedented experience treating patients with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and complex pain syndromes. He sits on a number of philanthropic and outreach boards, including CeaseFire, where he coordinates hospital intervention throughout the Chicagoland area. In addition, Dr. Salzman is integral in faculty involvement in resident and fellow education at hospitals where he is on staff.

Dr. George Gavrilos, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Green Care Medical

Is a practicing cardiac critical care pharmacist, specializing in mechanical circulatory support. He is adjunct faculty at schools of pharmacy in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, and currently serves as Director of Post-Graduate Year 1 Residency Training at the hospital where he is on staff. His particular cannabis-related research interests include the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties of cannabis and enzymatic drug-drug interactions.

Emcee & Moderator: Lauren Cohn, Chicago Journalist

Lauren Cohn is a veteran TV News Anchor/Reporter & Radio Host in Chicago that worked in New York and Philadelphia before settling here. A three-time Emmy nominated journalist, Lauren has covered every beat including Politics, Business, Health, Consumer, Education and Breaking News for both local and national news outlets. More than half of Lauren’s career has been spent in the Chicago market as an Anchor/Reporter for ABC7, CBS2, and Fox32 News. Lauren is currently a fill-in host at WLSAM890, an Ambassador Board Member and Contributing Correspondent for Chicago Woman Magazine and runs her own Media Consulting/Training business.

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Event Details


Mon, Apr 9, 2018

Start Time:

5:45 PM


965 West Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642


Event Categories:

Education, Medical
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