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Fellows of the American College of Medical Toxicology (FACMT) 2020


Jennifer Acciani, MD, FACMT

FACMT_Images/Jen_pic.jpgJennifer Acciani, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati and completed her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Indiana University. She splits her time between the emergency department at Eskenazi Hospital and providing teaching and consulting services for the Division of Toxicology. She is also the director of the medical student rotation for Toxicology.


Galal Alessai, MBChB, FACMT

GALAL_PHOTO.jpegDr. Galal Alessai is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicologist; He graduated from Arab Board of Medical Specialty in Emergency Medicine in 2011 as well as he trained in medical toxicology at Hamad Medical Corporation Qatar. Dr. Alessai is working on projects to enhance clinical toxicology care across Qatar; he is working on building a local database for toxicology in Qatar. He is a member of the Ministerial committee working to establish a National Poison Control Center in Qatar. Dr Alessai now is Medical Toxicology service Team Leader at Hamad General Hospital Emergency Department with responsibilities to do Medical toxicology on call coverage and bedside round on admitted toxicology patient. He has lectured in countries around the world and help in teaching Medical toxicology to Emergency Medicine residents in Qatar and Yemen.

Justin Arnold, DO, MPH, FACMT


Dr. Arnold graduated Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 after which he completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Lehigh Valley Health Network program in 2013. He then completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship
at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015.

He served as core faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Emergency Medicine residency as well the Associate Medical Director then as Medical Director at the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s of Alabama from 2015-2019.

Dr. Arnold currently is the Medical Director at the Florida Poison Information Center Tampa and serves as core faculty within the University of South Florida’s Emergency Medicine Residency at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Arnold is currently board certified in Medical Toxicology, Addiction Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. His professional activities focus on poison center operations and public health, medical toxicology teaching in graduate medical education, prescription and novel drugs of abuse, and international toxicology. Dr. Arnold also serves on the editorial board for TOXINZ, reviews abstracts for AACT and ACMT as well as journal articles for WESTJEM and is currently active in several toxicology-based research studies.

Anna Arroyo, MD, FACMT


Robert Bassett, DO, FACMT

Headshot2.jpgAfter shockingly not getting drafted by the NBA, this self-proclaimed division III all-star graduated Brandeis University and decided to go “PRO” in medicine. Following graduation from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bassett served a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

After residency, Dr. Bassett served as an active duty medical officer in the United States Army for four years which afforded him the opportunity to live in hip and exciting places like rural Louisiana, west Texas, and Baghdad, Iraq. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is active in the Army Reserves.

After completing his active duty commitment he fulfilled another sacred oath (to his wife): to settle back in Philadelphia. Dr. Bassett went on to complete the medical toxicology fellowship at Einstein Medical Center and is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, and Medical Toxicology.

He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine. And, in addition to serving as faculty in the Emergency Medicine Residencies at Einstein Medical Center and Jefferson Kennedy, Dr. Bassett has had the pleasure of serving as the Associate Medical Director at Philadelphia Poison Control/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

When not pontificating over emergency medicine/toxicology, Dr. Bassett treasures his time with his wife Blair, son Graham, and their 2 boxer pups.

Ashish Bhalla, MD, FACMT

IMG_20200115_180712.jpgI am Dr Ashish Bhalla, professor of Internal Medicine at post graduate institute of medical education and research, Chandigrah, a premier tertiary care medical institute in North Western India. I am an internist with more than 25 years of teaching experience in teaching undergraduates and post graduate students. i am a trained toxicologist with fellowship in clinical toxicology from St Thoma's hospital London under the guidance of Prof Paul Dargan. I have been a board member and secretary for Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT) for 4 years and am will take over as President of APAMT on 1st January 2019. i have been a member of the EXTRIP group and also the Lipid rescue group. i have published extensively in the field of organophosphates, aluminium phsophide and snake envenomation. I have been actively associated with ACMT and CDC for management of chemical emergencies and disaster training in India. I have been a visiting faculty to various universities in USA, Canada and Australia.

Stephanie Carreiro, MD, FACMT

FACMT_Images/2020_HS_4.jpegStephanie Carreiro, MD is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. She is a 2009 graduate of New York Medical College and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency in 2013 at Brown University. She completed a medical toxicology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in 2015 and remained on faculty as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Carreiro has a passion for novel translational research, which she first discovered during residency while evaluating novel antidotes for cardiotoxicity in animal models. She now focuses on clinical research in substance use disorder space, with a particular focus on the current opioid epidemic. Her current research interests include the utilization of of novel technologies and serum biomarkers to evaluate drug toxicity, substance abuse, and addiction. Dr. Carreiro is also currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

She is the recipient of multiple industry and federally funded research grants, including a K23 Mentored Career Development Award and a R44 Small Business Innovation and Research Award, both from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dazhe Cao, MD, FACMT

cao-dazhe_cropped_.jpgDr. James Cao, MD, FACEP is currently an assistant professor of emergency medicine and the program director for the medical toxicology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He graduated from the emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC and then completed a medical toxicology fellowship at Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety in Denver, CO. His academic interests are in teaching and curriculum development. He has published on a range of topics including laboratory interference, lipid emulsion therapy, marijuana, and toxic alcohols.

Benjamin Hatten, MD, MPH, FACMT

FACMT_Images/Hatten_Ben_03_5x7_.jpgBenjamin Hatten MD MPH is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Section of Medical Toxicology. In addition, he is Medical Toxicology faculty at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and Denver Health Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Hatten is a member of an independent group, Toxicology Associates, with both an office based outpatient practice and an inpatient consultation service at numerous community hospitals in the Denver metro area. He received his undergraduate degree at Hendrix College and his MD from University of Texas-Southwestern School of Medicine. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his medical toxicology fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University, simultaneously obtaining his Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His areas of academic interest include the epidemiology of poisoning, systematic reviews and guideline development, and forensic toxicology.

Craig "Will" Heise, MD, FACMT

Heise_Picture_UA_COM.jpgWill Heise, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. He is a faculty member of the Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix fellowship program. He completed his residency in Family Medicine and then his Medical Toxicology fellowship in Phoenix at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. His academic interests are in pharmacogenomics, precision medicine and drug induced arrhythmia. He is actively involved in medical student curriculum, teaching and the Veteran's Health Administration PHASER pharmacogenomic testing program.

JoAn Laes, MD, FACMT

laes.jpgJoAn Laes, MD, FASAM, FACMT is an addiction medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota, focusing on inpatient addiction medicine and toxicology consultation as well as outpatient treatment of opioid and other substance use disorders. She is also a core medical toxicology faculty for the Minnesota Poison Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, medical director for 1800 Chicago Detox facility in Minneapolis, MN and medical director for Missions Inc. Detox facility in Plymouth, Minnesota. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Addiction Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical toxicology fellowship at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christine Murphy, MD, FACMT

murphy2020.jpgDr. Murphy received her BS and MA degrees in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She completed both medical school and Emergency Medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. She completed her Medical Toxicology fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is currently faculty at Carolinas Medical Center faculty and is an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Murphy is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Addiction Medicine. She currently serves as the Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program at Carolinas Medical Center. She is passionate about the care of pediatric patients, and her primary research interest is in identifying alternative uses for existing antidotes.

Michael Nelson, MD, MS, FACMT

nelsonM.pngMichael Nelson, MD, MS is an emergency medicine physician, medical toxicologist, and addiction medicine physician practicing at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Rush University. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receiving his undergraduate degree in bioengineering and a Masters degree in biochemistry. He attended medical school at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Cook County Emergency Medicine Residency and his fellowship in medical toxicology at the Toxikon Consortium/Cook County Hospital/University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. He is a consultant for the Illinois Poison Control Center. He is also a board certified addiction medicine specialist. He serves as the Chair of the Prescribing Practices Committee for the Illinois Opioid Advisory Council. His areas of interest include emerging drugs of abuse, substance use disorders, and the use of athletic performance enhancing drugs.

Daniel Ovakim, MD, FACMT

3749A681-A588-4810-A267-51081D929E44_1_105_c.jpegDaniel Ovakim received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, and completed an Internal Medicine residency, followed by fellowships in Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology at The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Ovakim works as a Critical Care Physician in Victoria, British Columbia, and as a medical toxicologist for the Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC) in British Columbia and the Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS) for Alberta Health Services. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and is the Regional Medical Director for Organ Donation for Vancouver Island. His professional interests include providing toxicology education to residents and medical students, as well as in the critical care management of poisoned patients.

Ismail Sabei, MD, FACMT

Dr. Ismail I. Sabei is pediatric emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. He trained in medical toxicology at Emory University and graduated in 2015. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric emergency medicine. He serves on Medical Toxicology section at Saudi National Emergency Departments Support Program. He is working as pediatric emergency attending physician and medical toxicologist , and medical toxicologist at King Saud Medical City and assistant medical director at pediatric hospital at King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Waleed Salem, MBBS, FACMT

4r.jpgDr. Salem is faculty in the university of Qatar - college of medicine, an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist who practices clinically in Doha, Qatar. He is board-certified in emergency medicine by the Arab Board of Emergency Medicine. He has completed two fellowships, the first in emergency medicine and medical toxicology at Hamad Medical Center, which is an extremely busy tertiary care centre in Qatar. As a matter of fact, it the main care provider for residents of Qatar and is owned and operated by the government. As part of his fellowship at Hamad Medical Center, he obtained a postgraduate diploma in medical toxicology from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. The second in emergency teaching form the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also fellow of American collage of medical toxicology

Waleed played an essential role in developing the medical toxicology consult services at Hamad Medical Center and support the Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Division in their chemical emergency preparedness projects.

Dr.Salem currently is an active member in the ministry of public health technical committee for national toxicology guidelines subcommittee, he is also a member in the Middle East and North Africa clinical Toxicology association and participated in all the conferences since he joined.

Waleed also serves as co-director of Medical Toxicology group at Hamad general Emergency Departments. He established on-call coverage for all poisoning cases that cover all hospitals at Qatar 24/7. He is also working as an emergency attending physician at Hamad Medical Corporation Center.

Lastly, Waleed is originally from Yemen and has dedicated a tremendous amount of effort in advancing the emergency medicine and toxicology there.

Joseph Yanta, MD, FACMT

FACMT_Images/YANTA_JOSEPH_MD_EM_20140813_2_.jpgDr. Yanta is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has clinical roles as a Medical Toxicologist, Emergency Physician, and Addiction Medicine Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is the Assistant Program Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship and a core faculty member of the Emergency Medicine Residency. He is currently a course director of 'Ethics, Law, and Professionalism' - an MS1 course - and 'Clinical Pharmacology' - an MS4 selective. He is highly active in undergraduate medical education and has advisory and administrative roles within the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is originally from Milwaukee, WI and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He then went on to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency and Medical Toxicology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife Claire have two children, Samuel and Madeleine.

Shan Yin, MD, MPH, FACMT 

FACMT_Images/shan_yin.jpgShan Yin, MD, MPH is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati Schools of Medicine. He currently serves as the medical director of the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Center and has been the medical director since 2011. He is also is a faculty member in the division of emergency medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His research interest includes child abuse via medication administration.

He graduated from Dartmouth College and then received his MPH from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He finished his general pediatrics residency training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2004. He then went on to complete a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and most recently completed a medical toxicology fellowship in 2010 at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, CO.


Flavio A. Zambrone, MD, PhD, FACMT 

Flavio_Zambrone-2.jpgDr. Flavio A. D. Zambrone is a physician with training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is a Specialist in Public Health and has a PhD degree in Medicine, both from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Dr. Zambrone also attended an improvement specialization program in Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Paris VII - Hospital Fernand Widal (France).

Dr. Zambrone was a Professor of Clinical Toxicology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the State University of Campinas Brazil from 1983 to 2007, where he organized and directed the Poison Control Center for over 20 years. He actively contributed to the training of masters and doctors in Toxicology and Public Health.

In 1993, he founded the Toxicology Company Planitox, where he holds the position of CEO. Planitox specializes in Risk and Safety Assessment and Emergency Toxicological Care and provides service to the main companies present in Brazil. In 2018, the company expanded to the US and Dr. Zambrone assumed as director at Planitox International Consulting. Since 2013 Dr. Zambrone is also CEO of the Brazilian Institute of Toxicology (IBTox), a company founded by him whit the aim to promote courses and training in Clinical and Regulatory Toxicology.

Dr. Zambrone is the author and/or co-author of 17 books and dozens of Toxicology-related articles published in national and international journals. With nearly 40 years of experience in Toxicology, he is a respected consultant in this area, having worked for numerous government agencies, companies and business associations, including the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and the Ministries of Health, Environment and Agriculture in Brazil. He has lectured and participated in Congresses in dozens of countries, including Latin and Central America, the United States and Mexico, and several European countries.

He also held senior management positions or participated in technical committees of the Brazilian Society of Toxicology, Latin American Association of Toxicology, International Life Science Institute and the Health Environmental Institute.

Dr. Zambrone currently directs and coordinates a team of 30 professionals who provide advice on Clinical Toxicology, Toxicological Emergencies, Risk Assessment and Safety. He works directly in the management of corporate crises and lawsuits related to Toxicology and Health. He has a special interest in the dissemination of scientifically based information on Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Accident Prevention with chemical substances and in the correct Risk Perception related to theses substances.