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Edward Boyer, MD, PhD

Director Of Academic Development, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Pic_Boyer.jpegDr. Boyer is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the director of Toxicology and former Director of the Toxicology Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Boyer is a graduate of the Fellowship in Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacology at the Children's Hospital in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of the Emergency Medicine Residency of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MD from Columbia University School of Medicine. He also has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Columbia University. He was a NIH postdoctoral fellow in protein design at The Rockefeller University.

Jeffrey Brent, MD, PhD

Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Brent_Pic_copy.JPGJeffrey Brent, M.D., Ph.D., is a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Schools of medicine and Public Health. He did his fellowship in medical toxicology at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, where he has been both medical director and fellowship director. He is a former President of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and former Board member of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT). Dr. Brent is the senior editor of Critical Care Toxicology: the Diagnosis and Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient, now going into its second edition. Currently he also serves as the Director of the ACMT’s Toxicology Investigators Consortium.  

Shaun Carstairs, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, UC San Diego School of Medicine

Carstairs_Pic.jpgDr. Shaun Carstairs completed his undergraduate degree at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA and received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the nation's military medical school.  He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and a fellowship in medical toxicology at the University of California, San Diego.  He is currently a member of the medical toxicology faculty at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a Captain in the United States Navy and serves as one of 17 voting members on the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Howard Greller, MD

Affiliated Medical Professor - Department of Clinical Medicine, CUNY School of Medicine; Director of Research and Medical Toxicology, SBH Health Systems Department of Emergency Medicine

Pic_Greller.jpgDr. Greller is the Director of Medical Toxicology and Research at the St Barnabas Health System Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He has been very active in the national and international toxicology community. A former member of the Board of Directors of both the American College of Medical Toxicology and the Medical Toxicology Foundation, he worked closely with other members to foster educational goals, such as the Innovative Teaching Award. The former Chairman of the ACMT Website Committee, he oversaw the development, design, and implementation of the website through multiple iterations and growth. He founded the Enduring Education committee, dedicated to the enhancement, preservation and advancement of the educational efforts for ACMT. He is the moderator of the Forum of ACMT, an online board for international discussion of toxicologic issues. He continues his academic mission through numerous publications, chapters and speaking engagements.

His vision is to “make the specialized information possessed by medical toxicologists accessible to the world.” He implements that through venues such as the “Ask A Toxicologist” program, a forum where the public can ask questions directly to an expert. He serves as a consultant for the New York City Poison Control Center. Additionally, he spreads his humor, passion and knowledge on a wider scale through his weekly co-hosting of The Emergency Medicine show on Sirius/XM Doctor Radio, Channel 110, as well as through Toxicology Specials on the channel.

Ashley Haynes, MD

Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern

no_avatar.jpgDr. Haynes is a recent graduate of the UT Southwestern Toxicology fellowship, currently practicing with UT Southwestern. She completed medical school at the University of Kansas, and a combined residency in both internal and emergency medicine with East Carolina University. She is currently board certified in both internal medicine and emergency medicine, and awaiting her toxicology boards. She has an interest in all things toxic, but is particularly fascinated with the new and novel emerging psychoactive drugs of abuse, as well as drug and alcohol addiction and withdrawal.

William "Russ" Kerns, II, MD

Director, Division of Medical Toxicology, Carolinas Medical Center

Kerns_Pic_copy.pngDr. William "Russ" Kerns, II graduated from Randolph-Macon College, received his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia, and then completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and a medical toxicology fellowship at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC. Dr. Kerns is a faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. His academic mission focuses exclusively on toxicology and includes bedside and poison center patient care, resident and fellow education, coordination of toxicology research, and contribution to local and state educational programs. Since 2000, he has directed Carolinas Medical Toxicology Fellowship training program. Dr. Kerns also endeavors to promote toxicology at the national level through participation in education and research programs. Participation in the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) efforts have included the Journal of Medical Toxicology editorial board, Instructor for the Board Review and Agents of Opportunity courses, ToxIC contributor, Program Director Committee, and Research Committee. Dr. Kerns currently serves on the Board of Directors at the the ACMT. His goal for board participation is to continue the advancement of medical toxicology in the areas of education and research.

Jeff Lapoint, DO

Director, Section of Medical Toxicology, Kaiser Permanente

Lapoint_Pic_1.jpgDr. Jeff Lapoint completed his emergency medicine training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and his medical toxicology fellowship at the New York University/New York City Poison Control Center training program. He currently works as an attending physician in emergency medicine and medical toxicology for the Southern California Permanent Medical Group in San Diego, CA. His current activities center on longitudinal toxicology curriculum for the upcoming emergency medicine residency and inception of a toxicology consult service.  His main research focus is the utilization of game design principles in the creation of dynamic interactive toxicology simulations for use on mobile devices and the epidemiology of emerging drugs of abuse, specifically synthetic cannabinoids and novel amphetamines.

Ayrn O'Connor, MD

Director, Medical Toxicology Fellowship, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix

Pic_OConnor_copy.jpgDr. O’Connor currently serves as the Director of the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix, Medical Toxicology Fellowship. After completing her medical training in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine she moved to Phoenix, where she works as a medical toxicologist for a busy admitting service at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix. She is a member of the board of directors for the American College of Medical Toxicology. She is passionate about graduate medical education and the acute bedside care of poisoned patients, and is an enthusiastic advocate for the continued growth and evolution of medical toxicology as a subspecialty.

Michael Levine, MD

Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Levine_Pic.jpgMichael Levine, MD is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Following medical school, Dr. Levine completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. Following residency, Dr. Levine completed his toxicology fellowship at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He is actively involved in numerous research projects including both bench and clinical aspects related to toxicology. He is a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and the institutional review board, and is chair of the medication safety committee. He is an active member of American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Medical Toxicology, and is a member of the Toxicology Investigator's Consortium.

Evan Schwarz, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director, Section Chief Medical Toxicology, Advisory Dean in the Office of Student Affairs, Division of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Pic_Schwarz.jpegDr. Schwarz attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas before completing a residency in Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. After residency, he completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, Texas before returning to Missouri as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Since returning to Missouri, he has become board certified in Addiction Medicine. Currently, he is the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director and co-director of the Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine Clinic. In addition, he is the director of the medical student and resident rotations. He is also very active in ACMT and is an active member of multiple committees. He is also involved at the medical school as one of 3 Advisory Deans in the Office of Student Affairs and has been on the Board of Directors for the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians since 2012.

Paul Wax, MD

Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology

Wax_Paul.jpgDr. Wax is the Executive Director of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He received his B.A from Dartmouth College, his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, his Emergency Medicine training at the UCLA Hospitals, and his Medical Toxicology training at Bellevue Medicine Center / New York University. He is Board-certified in both Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.
 
Along with his part time role as the Executive Director of ACMT, Dr. Wax is a Clinical Professor in Surgery (Emergency Medicine) at the University of Texas, Southwestern School of Medicine where he is a member of the Section of Medical Toxicology and Director of the Medical Toxicology Clinic. Before joining ACMT in 2008 as its Executive Director, and the University of Texas Southwestern in 2006 as a part-time faculty member, Dr. Wax had faculty appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1991-2001 and the University of Arizona School of Medicine from 2001-2006. Dr. Wax previously served on the Board of Directors of ACMT from 1998-2008 serving as ACMT President from 2006-2008. During this tenure he chaired the ACMT Education Committee from 1998-2002. From 2002-2006 Dr. Wax served as the National Director of ACMT's Consultation Network to support the ATSDR Regional Offices and was co-founder of ACMT’s Chemical Agent of Opportunity course. From 1997-2006 Dr. Wax also served as one of the American Board of Emergency Medicine’s appointee’s on the Medical Toxicology Subboard. During this time Dr. Wax served as Editor of the Medical Toxicology Board Certification Examination as well as Chairman of the Subboard, and was also the primary author of the 2004 Core Content of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Wax has also served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control NCEH’s Division of Laboratory Sciences and was a member of NCEH/ATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors from 2006-2008.