Dr. Maria Fernanda Arboleda
Associate Research Director
Type of Practice:
Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Medical Cannabis Research, Consulting and Medical Advisor, Associate Research Director Santé Cannabis, Montreal, Canada

Education Associations

MD, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Palliative Care

Professional Associations

Santé Cannabis


Dr. Maria Fernanda Arboleda (@drmaferarboleda) is an Anesthesiologist, Pain and Palliative Care Physician. She also completed a Spine-Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at the McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Canada, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Supportive Care in Cancer and Medical Cannabis, at the Department of Oncology, McGill University, and at Santé Cannabis (https://www.santecannabis.ca/) a leading specialized cannabis clinic in Canada.

Presently, Dr. Arboleda is an international Consultant and Medical Advisor as well as the Associate Research Director at Santé Cannabis. Likewise, she is a co-investigator on several research projects that are being developed in Canada and has extensive experience as international speaker and faculty in more than 50 international conferences and medical meetings, contributing to the training and education of more than 5000 health care professionals in Latin America, Canada and the UK, among other countries. She has also participated in international panels and forums dedicated to medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

Importantly, she has broad experience in safe and responsible prescription of cannabinoid-based medicines and has prescribed at least 500 patients in Colombia and Canada. This has been done through a systematic approach to determine patient’s eligibility for cannabinoid treatment as an adjunct to conventional therapies.


Cyr C, Arboleda MF, Aggarwal SK, Balneaves LG, Daeninck P, Néron A, Prosk E, Vigano A. Cannabis in palliative care: current challenges and practical recommendations. Annals of Palliative Medicine 2018; 7(4):463-477

Maria Fernanda Arboleda, Laura Girón-Arango, Philip W.H. Peng. Can recent chronic pain techniques help with acute perioperative pain? Curr Opin Anesthesiol 2019, 32:661–667; DOI:10.1097/ACO.0000000000000772

Arboleda MF, Prosk E, Cyr C, Gamaoun R, Vigano A. Medical Cannabis in Supportive Cancer Care: Lessons from Canada. Supportive Care in Cancer 2020; https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05403-2

Maria F. Arboleda, Erin Prosk, Alain Watier, Max J. Schmulson. Cannabinoids in disorders of gut-brain interaction and gastrointestinal motility. NeuroGastroLatam Rev. 2020; 4(3): 171-186

Erin Prosk, Maria Fernanda Arboleda, Lucile Rapin, Cynthia El Hage, Michael Dworkind. The model of care at a leading medical cannabis clinic in Canada. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 60 (2021) 102740

Lucile Rapin, Rihab Gamaoun, Cynthia El Hage, Maria Fernanda Arboleda and Erin Prosk. Cannabidiol use and effectiveness: real world evidence from a Canadian medical cannabis clinic. Journal of Cannabis Research 2021; 3:19

Arboleda M.F., Prosk E. (2021) The Model of a Medical Cannabis Clinic. In: Narouze S.N. (eds) Cannabinoids and Pain. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69186-8_19

Arboleda M.F., Prosk E. (2021) Barriers for the Prescription of Based Medicines. In: Narouze S.N. (eds) Cannabinoids and Pain. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69186-8_20

Arboleda M.F., Prosk E. (2021) Practical Recommendations for the Use of Medical Cannabis. In: Narouze S.N. (eds) Cannabinoids and Pain. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69186-8_21

Arboleda M.F., Prosk E. (2021) Cannabis Terminology. In: Narouze S.N. (eds) Cannabinoids and Pain.Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69186-8_5