Message from MTF Leadership

This Annual Report highlights the many accomplishments of another fruitful year and recognizes the impact of our brilliant ACMT membership. This dedication from staff, board of directors, and members have allowed ACMT and medical toxicologists to flourish. Through these professional achievements, every year ACMT comes closer to achieving our vision that “every patient and population benefits from the expertise of medical toxicologists.” We truly enjoy celebrating these successes.

2023 saw several new research funding opportunities that provided continued growth for our academic initiatives. ACMT has methodically continued expansion in grant awards while also becoming actively involved with the growing need for addiction toxicology. In this regard, we have secured grant support from FDA,CDC, and NIDA, among others. New funded programs in 2023 included  the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Program (PCORI), the Drug Overdose Toxico-Surveillance Program (DOTS), and the Real-World Examination of Naloxone for Drug Overdose Reversal Program (RENDOR).

Complementing this internal growth is the external surge to train in our fellowships. With this combination, we are poised to advance our specialty as a valued and recognized contributor to improve health care within the country and across the globe. We, therefore, have provided more opportunities for trainees and young investigators with NIDA funding to support the successful ANTIDOTE Institute, as well as  the Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative Mentor-Facilitated Training Award.

Moreover, trainees have access to many ACMT and MTF programs to support their training. We are proud to offer a Medical Toxicology in Industry Rotation for fellows, a wide array of travel awards for students and residents, and several available grants to advance research for young investigators. We encourage you to review our websites and explore all our many offerings.

We are encouraged by your continued efforts, which collectively make our specialty valued, and a recognized contributor to health care. Our future is healthy and ready for the challenges that await. Together, ACMT will continue our unwavering commitment to steady growth and positive impact to our members and patients. We eagerly anticipate the future of Medical Toxicology and are committed to support the success of our members

Erica Liebelt, MD, FACMT
ACMT Board President

As the philanthropic arm of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), the MTF is where potential meets opportunity, and together, we are helping to meet the demand for pursuing excellence in the field of medical toxicology. 

Each year, the MTF offers a range of research funding for innovative projects. We also offer travel award opportunities for students and residents considering a medical toxicology fellowship to attend ACMT’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Foundation-supported research, including collaborative funding projects, has led to many advancements in medical toxicology and publications in national and international research journals.

Now in its third year, the Medical Toxicology in Industry Fellows Rotation done in partnership with Bayer is a unique elective program for medical toxicology fellows to learn more about a career in industry. The growth and interest in this program has been excellent.

The Medical Toxicology Foundation understands the importance of fostering innovation and supporting the development of talented professionals in the field. Through its research grants, the foundation aims to encourage and fund groundbreaking research projects that have the potential to revolutionize the field of medical toxicology. These grants provide recipients with the necessary resources to conduct in-depth studies, explore new treatment methods, and contribute to the body of knowledge in this critical area of medicine.

2023 MTF/SAEMF Medical Toxicology Grant

Mehruba Parris, MD, FACMT
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS); medical toxicology consultant, New Jersey Poison Information and Education System

Award Amount: $20,000
Funding Period: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
Project: "Efficacy and Incidence of Adverse Events of High Dose Buprenorphine for MOUD in the ED"

Project scope and background

In 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 69,000 people died from an opioid overdose in the United States (U.S.). Both buprenorphine and methadone reduce mortality due to opioid overdose. The total number of emergency department (ED) visits related to opioid use in the U.S. grew from 2005 to 2017, with the overall rate increase from 89.1 to 249.1 per 100,000 population. Due to the prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) within many EDs across the country, initiating medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) using buprenorphine in the ED provides the opportunity to reach many patients, particularly those who may not successfully attend an initial outpatient appointment. The current recommended dosing regimen of 2 to 4 mg every 2 hours to a maximum dose of 12 mg for induction is impractical in the ED and carries a high risk of precipitated opioid withdrawal if initiated prior to the development of moderate opioid withdrawal and higher probability of falling out of treatment due to the length and inefficacy of the method. Because buprenorphine has a higher binding affinity for the mu-opioid receptors than full opioid agonists, initiating treatment with a high dose of buprenorphine to replace opioid agonists bound to mu-opioid receptors should prevent precipitated withdrawal in those with early, mild opioid withdrawal.

At our institution high dose buprenorphine use in early withdrawal is a common, guideline-driven practice, although there is limited published literature. The goal of this study is to contribute safety and efficacy data regarding high dose buprenorphine initiation within the ED, particularly in OUD patients in mild or no withdrawal (COWS<8). The use of high-dose buprenorphine as MOUD for patients within the ED appears to be safe, decrease length of stay, and make MOUD more accessible.

Applications for this grant are accepted between May 1st and August 1st each year.

The MTF offers several conference travel awards for medical students and residents to offset cost to attend ACMT's Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Attending these conferences provides opportunities to network with experts in the field, and recipients gain exposure to the latest advancements, emerging trends, and best practices in medical toxicology. to encourage residents to pursue medical toxicology fellowship training.

J&J Consumer Health Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Travel Awardees

Aqeel Jawahir, MD
University of Kentucky

Jonathan Meadows, DO
Franciscan Health Olympia Fields

Johana Lopez, MD
Washington University in St. Louis

Oyeyimika Oyekanmi, DO
University of Connecticut

Dr. Michael Shannon Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Travel Award

Christy Williams, MD
NYU Langone Health

Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Travel Award

Emily Amador, DO
Medical University of South Carolina

Medical Toxicology in Industry Program Fellows

The focus of this program is to create opportunities for fellows to experience another facet of medical toxicology during their fellowship and introduce them to the possibility of a career in industry. The goal is to teach the principles of product development from the R&D pipeline, through the regulatory process, to launch and post-market stewardship. The rotation will address the gap in understanding the role of industry and the regulatory oversight of bringing important technology from the academic arena to the public sphere.

February 2023 Rotation

Adiel Aizenberg, MD
University of Arizona and Banner University Medical System, Tucson, AZ

Juliana Chang, MD
Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY

Frank Dicker, MD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Ryan Fuchs, MD
HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis, MN

October 2023 Rotation

John Keller, MD
University California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Alexander Lazar, MD
Washington University, St. Louis, MI

Serah Wambui Oyewole, MD
University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Stephen Petrou, MD

The Charles E. Becker Medal for Outstanding Achievement as a Medical Toxicology Fellow

Courtney Temple, MD was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Charles E. Becker Medal for Outstanding Achievement as a Medical Toxicology Fellow. This new award was established with the generous support of the late Dr. Charles Becker, a pioneering leader in the field of medical toxicology. In keeping with his vision, the Becker Medal recognizes a recently graduated medical toxicology fellow who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in scholarship, education, and/or research, and who has made contributions to public health, innovation, humanitarianism, and/or “making a positive difference in the world.” Dr. Temple completed the Medical Toxicology Fellowship program at Oregon Health and Science University in 2022. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at OHSU and a member of the core faculty of the OHSU Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program. Dr. Temple received the Becker Medal during a ceremony at the 2023 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting in La Jolla, CA.

2023 Membership Summary

Physicians who are full members of ACMT and apply for fellow status in the College (FACMT) are evaluated by the Membership Committee. Criteria include significant involvement in the practice, research, and teaching of medical toxicology, as well as contributions in poison center management, public service, and service to the College. If these rigorous criteria are met, the Committee recommends to the Board of Directors of the College that the application be approved and the member granted the honor of recognition as a Fellow of the College (FACMT.) We are pleased to welcome the following Fellows. Please click to read full bios.

2023 FACMT Inductees

Gillian Beauchamp, MD, FACMT

Gillian Beauchamp, MD, is fellowship director for the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Medical Toxicology fellowship; core faculty for the LVHN emergency medicine residency; Associate professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine; LVHN Medical director for acute care substance use and prevention; Co-chair, LVHN Opioid Stewardship and Linkage to Treatment Committee; and Vice Chair for Education and Community Engagement in the Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine.  She is an Editorial board member for Toxicology Communications and a Reviews Section Editor and Editorial board member for the Journal of Medical Toxicology; She is co-host for the Tox in Ten: ACMT Highlights podcast and oversees the ACMT online toxicology lecture library as a member of the ACMT Education Committee. 

Joshua Canning, MD, FACMT

Joshua Canning MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and practices medical toxicology at Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Joshua received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas before completing a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix (former Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center) where he has remained as faculty.  He also continues to practice emergency medicine locally in Phoenix and in Moab, Utah.  His academic interests include teaching fellows and residents, cannabinoids/drugs of abuse, and providing medical outreach to underserved communities.

Yazeed Eldos, MD, FACMT

Yazeed Eldos is trained in emergency medicine. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern in a Dallas, Texas. He is the current medical director of the first and only poison center in Qatar, Qatar Poison Center. Research interests include ECMO use in poisoned patients, and pediatric overdoses.

Sing-Yi Feng, MD, FACMT

Dr. Sing-Yi Feng graduated from the Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College’s 6 year premedicine/medicine program located in Philadelphia, PA. She did her pediatric residency at Lutheran General Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and stayed an extra year as chief resident. She then moved to Dallas, completed the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas/Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and stayed to do a Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She is now an associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and works at the emergency departments at Children’s Medical Center at Dallas and Plano. She is also a medical toxicologist associated with the North Texas Poison Center located at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Hannah Hays, MD, FACMT

Hannah Hays, MD, FACMT, FAACT, FACEP is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has served as the Associate Medical Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center since 2016 and will transition to the role of Medical Director and Division Chief of Toxicology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the spring of 2023. Hays also serves as the lead physician for an addiction medicine clinic that provides comprehensive treatment of substance use disorders to an underserved local population in Southwestern Columbus. She is a 2008 graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency in 2011 and Medical Toxicology fellowship in 2013 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Hays’ research and clinical interests include pediatric exploratory ingestions of illicit drugs and buprenorphine and alternate strategies for laboratory detection of illicit drug exposures in children under 6 years. 

Mehruba Parris, MD, FACMT

Dr. Parris is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and a Medical Toxicology Consultant with the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System. Dr. Parris is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at NY Presbyterian Brooklyn – Methodist Hospital and Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Emory University/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to her role at NJMS, she has been in emergency medicine education, administration, and medical toxicology consultant in Miami and Atlanta. Her areas of focus are acute and critical care in medical toxicology, public/global health, diversity and women in medicine. She currently leads the Medical Toxicology Consultation Service within the Department of Emergency Medicine. In her free time, she loves to instill her love of travel, arts, food, and reading in her 3 and 1 year old little ones.

Daniel Sessions, MD, FACMT

Dr. Daniel J Sessions received his medical doctorate from the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine. He was a Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine during his training at Brooke Army Medical Center  in San Antonio, TX. He completed his medical toxicology fellowship at Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center at Denver Health. 

After completing his training, Dr. Sessions returned to Brooke Army Medical Center where he served as the Director of Medical Toxicology. His Graduate Medical Education service included: Research Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency, Associate Program Director in Emergency Medicine, and Transitional Year Internship Associate Program Director. He served as a consulting toxicologist for the South Texas Poison Center, Army Substance Abuse Program, and Dept. of Defense ADVISOR system. After completion of his military service he became board certified in Addiction Medicine and practiced Addiction Medicine and Toxicology at Abbot Northwestern Hospital and Minnesota Poison Control in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Sessions is currently initiating a new Medical Toxicology bedside and telemedicine consultation service for Ochsner Health Foundation in New Orleans, LA. He is a senior lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Queensland, Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans LA. He provides Forensic Toxicology services through Expert Toxicology, LLC. His primary areas of interest are addiction medicine, envenomation, drug testing, and performance enhancing drugs and supplements.

Alaina Steck, MD, FACMT

Dr. Alaina Steck graduated from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in 2009 and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Boston Medical Center in 2013. She then traveled south to become a fellow in Medical Toxicology at the Emory University / Georgia Poison Center / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joint fellowship. Despite her frequent insistence that she would return home to the west coast the moment her fellowship training ended, she has been in Atlanta as faculty in the Emergency Department at Emory ever since. While in fellowship, a grand rounds lecture by Dr. Tim Weigand sparked an her interest in Addiction Medicine, which led her to pursue board certification in that specialty as well. In 2017, Dr. Steck spearheaded the opening of Grady Memorial Hospital’s first outpatient opioid use disorder treatment clinic, the implementation of a novel pathway for caring for OUD patients in the ED observation unit, and the provision of addiction medicine consultations through the Med Tox service. She now has the perfect career splitting her time among the outpatient clinic setting, the Medical Toxicology consult service, teaching in the Med Tox and Addiction Psychiatry fellowships, and directing pharmacology content for the medical school curriculum.

Michael Toce, MD, MS, FACMT

Michael S. Toce, MD MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a practicing pediatric emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and at the MA/RI Poison Control Center in Boston, MA. He completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton College in Northfield, MN where he received a B.A. in biology and biochemistry. He received a M.S. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his pediatrics residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program before completing a Medical Toxicology Fellowship and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Toce’s research focuses on adolescent substance misuse and overdose and the impact of various state policies on opioid and benzodiazepine overdose and prescribing. He is an active member of the ACMT Research Committee, is a member of the MTF IRTPA grant study section, and is one of the abstract review co-chairs for the 2023 ACMT ASM. His non-professional interests involve beer and sports, raising his two children while trying to stay married to his much superior wife, and surviving in Boston as a Midwesterner.  

2023 ACMT Recognition Awards

We are pleased to recognize the oustanding contributions of the following Members

ACMT Career Achievement Award

B. Zane Horowitz, MD, FACMT
Oregon Health & Science University

Outstanding Contribution to Medical Toxicology Education

Kathy Kopec, DO, FACMT
Carolinas Medical Center

Outstanding Contribution to Medical Toxicology Research

Andrew Monte, MD, PhD
University of Colorado Medicine

Outstanding Service
to the College

Ziad Kazzi, MD, FACMT
Emory School of Medicine

The ACMT Board of Directors and ACMT staff members are very grateful for the volunteer service of so many members who contribute to the activities, programs, and committees of the College. We would like to provide special recognition to the following members who have provided exceptional service to the College:

Full list

Peter Akpunonu, MD
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
MTF DEI Travel Award Reviewer

Steven Aks, DO, FACMT
Cook County Hospital
Chicago, IL
National Journal Club

Gillian Beauchamp, MD
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pennsylvania
MedTox Video Library

Vik Bebarta, MD
University of Colorado, School of Medicine
Aurora, CO
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Adam Blumenberg, MD
Columbia University
New York, NY
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Heather Borek, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA
Fellowship Dir. In-Service Exam

Jeffrey Brent, MD, PhD, FACMT
University of Colorado, School of Medicine
Aurora, CO
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee, ToxIC Co-PI

Eric Brush, MD
Kuakini Medical Center
Honolulu, HI
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Michele Burns, MD, MPH
Harvard Medical Toxicology
Boston, MA
Career Achievement, Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Travel Award Reviewer

Diane Calello, MD, FACMT
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, New Jersey Poison Information and Education System
Newark, NJ
2023 ASM Planning Committee, Nominations Committee Member, Education Committee Chair

Andrea Carlson, MD
Advocate Christ Hospital
Oak Lawn, IL
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Shaun Carstairs, MD, FACMT
Scripps Healthcare San Diego/Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
San Diego, CA
2023 ASM Planning Committee

Peter Chai, MD, MS
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Shark Tank Research Forum

Nathan Charlton, MD
University of Virginia, Blue Ridge Poison Center
Charlottesville, VA
In-Service Exam

Richard Church, MD
UMass Memorial Health
Worcester, MA
MTF DEI Travel Award Reviewer

S. Eliza Lockwood, MD, FACMT
Bayer Crop Science
Chesterfield, MO
Medical Toxicology in Industry Webinar Series

Tharwat El Zahran, MD
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, LB
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Blake Froberg, MD
Riley Hospital for Children
Indianapolis, IN
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Brent Furbee, MD, FACMT        
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana Poison Center, IU Health Methodist Hospital
Indianapolis, IN 
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair, ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Spencer Greene, MD, MS, FACMT
HCA Houston Healthcare - Kingwood, University of Houston College of Medicine
Houston, TX
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Hannah Hays, MD, FACMT
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Central Ohio Poison Center, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Rob Hendrickson, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Michelle Hieger, DO
Wellspan Health York Hospital
Red Lion, PA
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Chris Holstege, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

David Jang, MD, MSc, FACMT
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology
Haddonfield, NJ
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Bryan Judge, MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology
Grand Rapids, MI
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair, ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Russ Kerns, MD, FACMT
Carolinas Medical Center
Davidson, NC
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Andrew King, MD
Michigan Poison and Drug Information Center
Detroit, MI
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Kurt Kleinschmidt, MD, FACMT
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Career Achievement, Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Travel Award Reviewer, Med Tox LLSA

Kathy Kopec, DO
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, CO
MTF DEI Travel Award Reviewer

Alex Krotulski, PhD
Center for Forensic Science Research & Education
Willow Grove, PA
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair Co-Chair

Erica Liebelt, MD, FACMT
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, AR
Career Achievement, Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Travel Award Reviewer

Annette Lopez, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
2023 ASM - MedTox Case Panel

Chuck McKay, MD, FACMT
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut Poison Control Center
Marlborough, CT
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair

Christopher Meaden, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ
2023 ASM Planning Committee 

Avery Michienzi, DO
University of Virginia 
Charlottesville, VA
In-Service Exam

Elizabeth Moore, DO
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY
2023 ASM - MedTox Case Panel

Lauren Murphy, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Colorado Division of Human Services, Division of Youth Services
Grand Junction, CO
In-Service Exam

Nicholas Nacca, MD, FACMT
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY
National Grand Rounds Organizer

Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair, ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls, Career Achievement, Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Travel Award Reviewer, National Case Conference

Daniel Ovakim, MD
BC Drug and Poison Information Centre
Victoria, BC, Canada
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Donna Papsun, MS, D-ABFT-FT
NMS Labs
Horsham, PA
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair

Todd Phillips, MD
North Texas Toxicology
Dallas, TX
2023 ASM - International Session Organizer

JJ Rasimas, MD 
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN
2023 ASM Planning Committee

Matthew Salzman, MD, MPH
Cooper Medical School Rowan University
Camden, NJ
ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Mark Su, MD, MPH
NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York City Poison Control Center
New York, NY
2023 ASM Planning Committee

Jeffrey Suchard, MD, FACMT
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Irvine, CA
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee, ACMT/ALiEM Toxicology Visual Pearls

Trevonne Thompson, MD, FACMT
University of Illinois Chicago, The Toxikon Consortium
Chicago, IL
2023 ASM - Open Mic Competition

Josh Trebach, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, IA 
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Larissa Velez, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
MTF DEI Travel Award Reviewer

Steven Walsh, MD, FACMT
Jefferson Einstein Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
In-Service Exam

Stephanie Weiss, MD, PhD
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Baltimore, MD
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Timothy Wiegand, MD, FACMT
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY
Addiction Toxicology Case Conference Organizer

Rachel Wightman, MD, FACMT
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI
2023 Forensic Course Co-Chair

Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP
Northeastern University, Carney Hospital
Boston, MA
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Luke Yip, MD, FACMT
Denver Health
Denver, CO
2023 ACMT Activities at NACCT Organizing Committee

Michael Hodgman, MD
Upstate Medical University, Upstate New York Poison Center
Syracuse, NY
2023 Service as Reviews Editor

Rick Wang, DO, FACMT
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
2023 CME Liaison for JMT Reviewers

Committees and Sections

ACMT provides many opportunities for our members to help drive the mission of College. By serving on a committee or section, you can have a direct impact the work that is important to the membership. We would like to akcnowledge the good work of our committee and section chairs, as well as participating members giving generously of their time and expertise.

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Addiction Toxicology Committee 

Chair: Leslie R. Dye, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Princess Murchison

Purpose and Mission

Vision: All medical toxicologists will be provided with the opportunity to develop an advanced working knowledge of the evaluation and treatment of patients with substance use disorders and be proficient and capable of practicing addiction toxicology independently. Medical toxicologists will have opportunities to contribute to and expand the knowledge of the addiction medicine community inside and outside of ACMT in the discipline of addiction toxicology. 

Mission: Ensure that medical toxicologists remain current on the evolution of ideas and management of addiction-related conditions. 

Provide medical toxicologists with opportunities to contribute and share their unique addiction toxicology expertise with other addiction experts inside and outside of ACMT

  • Provide opportunities for medical toxicologists to remain current in the evaluation and treatment of patients with addiction-related diseases and substance use disorders
  • Support medical toxicologists choosing to sit for the American Board of Preventive Medicine Addiction Medicine Board Exam via the Practice Pathway
  • Advocate for the care of all medical toxicology patients with conditions related to substance use, including substance use disorders
  • Provide a resource of current knowledge and practices in Addiction Toxicology for all members of ACMT

Education Committee 

Chair: Diane Calello, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Adrienne Dunavin

Purpose and Mission

This committee determines the educational needs of the membership (as identified through needs assessments and feasibility studies) and identify or develop resources and delivery modalities to address those needs. They also assess current educational offerings and partnerships and monitor the ongoing effectiveness of all educational activities.

  • Determine educational needs of the membership
  • Provide guidance and help develop content for conferences, webinars, and other course offerings
  • Identify or develop resources and delivery modalities
  • Assess current educational offerings and partnerships

Membership Committee 

Chair: Evan Schwarz, MD
Staff Liaison: Lauren Turner

Purpose and Mission

This committee determines the eligibility of applicants for active membership and fellowship, represents and monitors the needs of the membership, recommends policies, procedures, and initiatives to assure a growing and vital membership organization and organizes the annual FACMT Reception.

  • Recommends policies, procedures, and initiatives to assure a growing and vital membership
  • Determines eligibility of applicants for active membership and fellowship by reviewing credentials of all applicants
  • Increase awareness of medical toxicology to medical students and residents (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics as well as emergency medicine) through promoting existing conferences / webinars and targeted outreach
  • Develop and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion focus throughout ACMT

Clinical Practice & Position Statements Committee

Chair: Andrew Stolbach, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Singa Yu

Purpose and Mission

This committee is responsible for developing position statements, guidelines, and commentary for ACMT. The committee reviews existing position statements and recommends revising, reaffirming, or retiring them. The committee may explore, participate, and draft position statements, guidelines and commentary with other organizations when appropriate.

  • Develops position statements, practice statements, guidelines, and commentary for ACMT and makes a recommendation to the board for adoption
  • Reviews existing position statements and practice statements and makes a recommendation for revision, reaffirmation, or retirement.

Research Committee 

Chair: Maryann Amirshahi, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Alison Meyn

Purpose and Mission

This committee is responsible for reviewing applications and organizing the selection process for various research grants. The Research Committee also organizes the research poster session and assists and provides guidance with the Fellows-in-Training Research Forum at our Annual Scientific Meeting.

  • Develop opportunities for originial research presentations
  • Organize the Fellow-in-Training Research Forum
  • Provide oversight and scientific review of ToxIC studies and ACMT surveys
  • Provide oversight and scientific review of the Medical Toxicology Foundation Research Awards
  • Provide oversight to ASM Abstract Review
  • Organize ASM Abstract Review

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Government and Public Health Section

Chair: Michael Yeh
Staff Liaison: Dana Karshenas

Purpose and Mission

The Government Section works to develop and conduct activities that promote medical toxicology in those working in, as well as those interested in government. These activities shall relate to ACMT, that is the American College of Medical Toxicology, and shall fulfill the following objectives: to serve as the forum for members interested in government to interact; to stimulate awareness about government; to identify areas that can benefit from medical toxicology input in the government; to identify areas worthy of further pursuits that might contribute to these ends within the membership; and to act as a resource to the ACMT with reference to the government.

Industry Section

Chair: S. Eliza Lockwood, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Mimi Bajagich

Purpose and Mission

The aim of this section is to increase awareness of the critical role of industry in bringing innovative ideas to market. Industry is in a unique position to bridge cutting edge research from academia and the regulatory requirements set by governmental agencies. This is increasingly important as government funding for research is declining. Our second goal is to increase the dialogue between academia and industry in order to maintain transparent and ethical channels of communication. Industry section members will actively engage with ACMT and other academic institutions to promote the work of faculty and fellows.

International Section

Chair: Ziad Kazzi, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Singa Yu

Purpose and Mission

The International Section will provide a platform for ACMT members with interest and involvement in international activities to share knowledge, collaborate and network in a professional setting.

Chair: Brent Furbee, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Singa Yu

Purpose and Mission

The Legal and Consultative Section will provide a forum for those members interested or involved in medico-legal aspects of toxicology. The section meetings will be used to discuss principles and controversies that accompany the clinical and scientific evaluation of toxicology-related claims and will focus on issues common to the medical-legal review of charts, assessment of literature, written reports, deposition, and trial.

Medication Management Section

Chair: Brenna Farmer, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Singa Yu

Purpose and Mission

This section works to promote appropriate medication use, discusses issues related to formulary process and decisions, medication safety, prevention of adverse events, adverse reactions, drug shortages, and pharmacy integration across large healthcare systems (e.g., off-label use, restricted use of pharmaceuticals). This section is responsible for aiding the Clinical Practice and Position Statements Committee in developing and updating relevant position statements.  

Military Section

Chair: Shaun Carstairs, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Singa Yu

Purpose and Mission

The ACMT Military section endeavors to connect medical toxicologists working in the various branches of the military (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and to advance the utilization of the unique skill set of medical toxicologists within the military. Section meetings will aim to promote research collaboration among military medical toxicologists and to discuss toxicology-related issues of direct importance to the conduct of military operations, such as nuclear/biological/chemical weapons training and the use of antivenoms in areas of military operations.

Occupational and Environmental Health Section

Chair: John Downs, MD
Staff Liaison: Dana Karshenas

Purpose and Mission

Pediatric Section 

Chair: Shan Yin, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Singa Yu

Purpose and Mission

The purpose of this section is to provide ACMT members a platform to communicate about common interests to those who have an interest in medical toxicology as it pertains to children. This section will focus on continuing to bridge the gap between pediatrics and medical toxicology including fostering awareness about careers in medical toxicology for those with primary training in pediatrics, creating additional opportunities for those with a joint interest in pediatrics and medical toxicology, and enhancing the awareness of others about our highly specialized members.  The Pediatric section will serve as the forum for members who have a specific interest in the care of children and to identify strategic areas of interest for those with both pediatric and medical toxicology training, In addition interested section members could assist the college on consultation matters pertaining to toxicological issues in children.

Recent Graduate Section

Chair: Kavita Babu, MD, FACMT, FACEP
Staff Liaison: Lauren Turner

Purpose and Mission

This section is intended for anyone who has completed a medical toxicology fellowship in the last 8 years. The Recent Graduate section serves to foster collaboration between members as well as provide networking and resources for junior toxicologists just starting their careers.

Resident and Medical Student Section

Chair: Kathryn T. Kopec, DO, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Lauren Turner

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This section aims to engage residents and medical students in the field of medical toxicology. This section provides resources and guidance on entering and thriving within the field of medical toxicology. This section hopes to assist trainees with participating in toxicology research, finding clinical opportunities, pursuing a toxicology fellowship, exploring careers within the field, and finding mentors.

Toxinology Section

Co-Chairs: Michelle Ruha, MD, FACMT
Spencer Greene, MD
Staff Liaison: Mari Costantini

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The ACMT Toxinology Section brings together ACMT members with focused clinical or research
expertise in venoms and poisons from animals, plants, and mushrooms. The Section aims to
leverage members’ specific expertise in areas within toxinology, in order to educate and
provide resources for medical professionals to improve diagnosis, management, and outcomes
for patients.


  1. Establish a contact list of members with expertise in the following areas, who will be
    available for consult with medical professionals or poison centers encountering an unusual
    toxinology case: North American snakes, non-native snakes, arthropods, hymenoptera,
    lizards, marine venoms and toxins, plants and mushrooms.
  2. Develop a repository of important toxinology literature and resources on
  3. Develop an interactive platform on where members can post and discuss new
    toxinology literature and share challenging cases.
  4. Connect and collaborate with Toxinology organizations such as the North American Society
    of Toxinology to expand educational opportunities for ACMT members.
  5. Provide guidance to ToxIC leadership regarding potential ToxIC subregistry research and
    grant applications.

Women in Tox Section

Co-Chairs: Caitlin Bonney, MD, FACMT, Fiona Garlich, MD, FACMT, Elizabeth Moore, DO, and Priya Srihari, MD
Staff Liaison: Lauren Turner

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This section formed in 2017 to promote awareness of gender inequality and its implications for women and men in medicine. Our goal is to address these inequalities through various measures including mentorship, promotion, and regular discussions. The group is inclusive of both women and men, and all are ACMT members are welcome. 

We currently use Slack (Team URL: as a forum to foster discussion and provide networking and mentoring opportunities. For access, email Elissa Moore at

Follow Us! @WomenInTox

Practice Section

Chairs: Christina Hantsch, MD, FACMT
Staff Liaison: Dana Karshenas

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In Memoriam

Christopher Linden, MD, FACMT
September 30, 1952 — August 26, 2023

The ACMT Community mourns the loss of Dr. Christopher Linden, renowned for his groundbreaking contributions in the fields of emergency medicine and medical toxicology, who passed away on August 26, 2023. His extraordinary life and remarkable achievements have left an indelible mark on the medical community, his peers, colleagues, and students.

Outside the realm of medicine, Dr. Linden was a joy. He loved spending time with his colleagues, discussing dram shop laws and Daubert proceedings over dinner or late-night poker sessions. He made everyone feel like they had a seat at his table and welcomed us all to share in his knowledge and experiences. His brilliance, patience, and mastery of medicine changed all of us lucky enough to know him well.

The Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) is ACMT’s multicenter toxico-surveillance network that identifies new and emerging drugs of abuse, adverse effects of new medications in the post-marketing phase, and emerging toxicological threats.

In 2023, ToxIC received funding to support six major projects. Fourteen papers and 47 abstracts were published in 2023. ToxIC expanded its staff to include two new people to support its expanding programs. Alyssa Falise, PhD, MSPH is our new Research Associate. She is a public health epidemiologist and biostatistician. We hope that she will increase our capacity for obtaining grant support for ToxIC and will improve research efforts for investigators. Amanda Sutphin, BSHCA, EMT-P is our new Clinical Research Coordinator supporting several new ToxIC projects.

Core Registry


RENDOR Project


Fentalog Project


DOTS Project


ACMT/ToxIC Awarded a One-Year Patient Engagement Award from the Patient Centered
Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

This project brought together medical toxicologists, community stakeholders, and patients with lived experience of intentional/purposeful overdoses to develop partnerships and research ideas. The project team alongside participating medical toxicologists learned more about each patients’ experience during their post-overdose care and the group created a list of research priorities to ultimately improve the care and long-term recovery of patients who experience an intentional overdose. Meetings consisted of 9 patient experts, 3 community stakeholders (representing national organizations including the Addiction Policy Forum and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), and several medical toxicology researchers. In addition to the list of research priorities, the team also developed a patient engagement strategy guide that can be disseminated to researchers who are interested in creating partnerships with patient experts to conduct patient-centered outcomes research on intentional overdoses.

Thank you, 2023 ToxIC Investigators!

ACMT and ToxIC would like to recognize the following ACMT members who have contributed to the ToxIC Registry in 2023.

List of 2023 ToxIC Investigators

Michael Abesamis
Peter Akpunonu
Timothy Albertson
Adam Algren
Afra Alsuwaidi
Alexandra Amaducci
John Archer
Yaqdhan Al Atbil
Sukhshant Atti
Robert Avera
Kavita Babu
Alexander Baer
Fatma Al Balushi
Kevin Baumgartner
Gillian Beauchamp
Vik Bebarta
Melisa Lai Becker
Noah Berland
David Betting
Michael Beuhler
Steven Bird
Anna Bloom
Mathew Blundell
Evan Bradley
Nicklaus Brandehoff
Jeffrey Brent
Daniel Brooks
Jennie Buchanan
Michele Burns
Diane Calello
Vincent Calleo
Michel Camarena
Joshua Canning
Dazhe Cao
Joseph Carpenter
Stephanie Carreiro
Emma Cassidy
Rachel Castelli
Trevor Cerbini
Edward Cetaruk
Nathan Charlton
Michael Chary
Richard Chen
James Chenoweth
Samy Chettat
Michael Christian
Richard Church
Joseph Clemons
Daniel Colby
Ryan Cole
Albert Conicella
Matthew Cook
Matthew Correia
Christopher Counts
Colleen Cowdery
Robert Cox
Amelia Curtis
Paul Dargan
John Delbianco
Jason Devgun
Frank Dicker
Chistopher Dion
Bernard Eisenga
Jason Elzinga

Lindsey Epperson
Henry Farrar
Chris Feng
Derek Fikse
Ari Filip
Allison Font
Jonathan Ford
Carolyn Fox
Keith French
Aaron Frey
Kira Galeano
Hayley Gartner
Timlin Glaser
David Goldberger
Will Goodrich
Kimberlie Graeme
Powell Graham
Spencer Greene
Howard Greller
Matthew Griswold
Veronica Groff
Mayank Gupta
Stacey Hail
Thao-Phuong Christy Hallett
Laurie Halmo
Alexandra Hamelin
Riley Hartmann
Benjamin Hatten
Marissa Hauptman
Kennon Heard
Will Heise
Robert Hendrickson
Reynaldo Hernandez
Michelle Hieger
Jacqueline Hiob
Ruby Hoang
Michael Hodgman
Christopher Holstege
Jason Hoppe
Keahi Horowitz
Zane Horowitz
Christopher Hoyte
Adrienne Hughes
Laura Hunter
Katherine Hurlbut
Janetta Iwanicki
Sundip Jagpal
Laura James
LilyAnne Jewett
Brett Johnson
David Johnson
Chase Jones
Seth Jones
Bryan Judge
Min Kang
Louise Kao
Sabrina Kaplan
Kenneth Katz
Ziad Kazzi
Mike Keenan
Abigail Kerns
Michael Khoury
Emily Kiernan

Ronald Kirschner
Kurt Kleinschmidt
Natalie Ebeling Koning
Andrew Koons
Michael Kosnett
Michael Kowalski
James Krueger
Jessica Krueger
Shana Kusin
Jeffrey Lai
Dayne Laskey
Rebecca Latch
Ophir Lavon
Eric Lavonas
Alex Lazar
Jacob Lebin
Michael Levine
Brian Lewis
Erica Liebelt
Rafael Lima
David Liss
Annette Lopez
Scott Lucyk
Forrest Mahony
Greg Makar
Kevan Mamdouhi
Michael Marlin
Stacy Marshall
Kelsey Martin
Danae Massengill
Nik Matsler
Connor Mcdonald
Charles McElyea
Eric McGillis
Christopher Meaden
Avery Michienzi
Christopher Mitchell
Nadia Mohammad
Andrew Monte
Elizabeth Catherine Moore
Pamela Moore
Brent Morgan
Michael Mullins
Karen Muschler
Agnesa Mustafa
Kristine Nanagas
Lewis Nelson
Natalie Neumann
Kim-Long Nguyen
Tuyet-anh Nguyen
Matthew Noble
Supa Niruntarai
Ayrn O'Connor
Katherine O'Donnell
Devin Odom
Simon Ostrowski
Rittirak Othong
Jenna Otter
Daniel Overbeek
Serah Oyewole
Mehruba Parris
Lesley Pepin
Todd Phillips

Timothy Pollak
Shelby Randall
Rama Rao
Shanaz Rashid
Tony Rianprakaisang
Marc Rigatti
Morgan Riggan
Bradley Riley
Daniel Rivera
Brett Roth
Anne-Michelle Ruha
William Rushton
Nicholas Sajko
Steven Salhanick
Cynthia Santos
Nishita Saraiya
David Schaffer
Pieter Scheerlinck
Scott Schmalzried
Evan Schwarz
Michael Semple
Kerollos Shaker
Elizabeth Shanahan
Kapil Sharma
Sophia Sheikh
Eddie Shin
Reeves Simmons
Mark Simon
Michael Simpson
Serge Emile Simpson
Miya Smith
Jerry Snow
Arjumand Sohaila
Dawn Sollee
Tony Spadaro
Hannah Spungen
Meghan Spyres
Jennifer Stephani
Fermin Suarez
Suad Al Sulaimahi
Lachie Sund
Ryan Surmaitis
Courtney Temple
John Thompson
Stephen Thornton
Christopher Threapleton
Michael Toce
Andrew Troger
David Vearrier
Steven Walsh
Sam Wang
George Warpinski
Mitchell Waters
Mary Wermuth
Jim Whitledge
Tyler Willing
Brian Wolk
David Wood
Mark Yarema
Tim Yeung
Luke Yip
Amy Young
Jennifer Zacharia
Matthew Zuckerman

As the official journal of ACMT, the Journal of Medical Toxicology (JMT) is managed by an editorial board of 27 internationally recognized experts and thought leaders in medical toxicology who are dedicated to publishing cutting edge scientific research to advance the science and practice of medical toxicology.  

JMT articles generate considerable interest among scholars and media outlets worldwide. In 2023 JMT published new data about emerging substance use trends, the Annual Report and other high impact studies from ToxIC, commentaries by experts on antidote shortages, and position statements that have been cited by policymakers and clinicians. 

In 2023 JMT recruited innovative scholar Stephanie Carreiro, MD, PhD from UMass to join the editorial board. Our 2023-24 FIT Editor is Paul Ehlers, MD, MS, a senior fellow from the Toxikon Consortium Fellowship program in Chicago. 

In appreciation to the volunteer experts who have gone above and beyond with high quality manuscript reviews in 2023, 20% of JMT’s peer reviewers were recognized as “Distinguished Reviewers” by the editorial board of the journal. 

In 2023, JMT’s five-year IF score increased to 3.3, a noteworthy achievement as the editorial board prepare for their 20th year of consecutive publishing in 2024.

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record and sustaining the trust of all readers. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the journal follows COPE guidelines and encourages authors and reviewers to do so. 

 "The awe-inspiring science published in JMT continues to elevate the entire speciality of medical toxicology."

-Mark. B. Mycyk MD, FACMT
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical Toxicology

Journal of Medical Toxicology Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief : Mark Mycyk, MD, FACMT
Deputy Editor: Howard Greller, MD, FACMT

Editorial Board:
Maryann Amirshahi, PharmD, MD, MPH, FACMT
Stephanie Carreiro, MD
Eric Lavonas, MD, FACMT
Michael Levine, MD, FACMT
Natalie Neumann, MD
Katherine O’Donnell, MD
Meghan Spyres, MD, FACMT
Milton Tenenbein, MD, FACMT
Richard Y. Wang, MD, FACMT
Ashley Webb, MSc, PharmD
Anselm Wong, MBBS DipTox, PhD, FACMT
David M. Wood, BSc, MB ChB, MD, FBPharmacolS, FACMT

2023 JMT FIT Editor:
 Paul Ehlers, MD, MS

JMT Advisory Board:
Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
Anne-Michelle Ruha, MD, FACMT

Feature Editors:
Reviews: Gillian A. Beauchamp, MD, FACMT; Michael Hodgman, MD, FACMT
Addiction Medicine: Leslie Dye, MD, FACMT
Medication Safety: Jeanmarie Perrone. MD, FACMT
Case Reports: Andis Graudins, MB BS, PhD, FACEM,
FACMT Toxicology Case Files: Jeffrey Suchard, MD,
FACMT Research Concepts: David Jang, MD, MSc,
Articles You Might Have Missed: Daniel Brooks, MD
The Poison Pen: Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT
Statistics: Mark Su, MD, MPH, FACMT
FIT Editor Program:Trevonne Thompson, MD, FACMT
Social Media & Emerging Technologies: Peter R. Chai, MD, FACMT
Veterinary Toxicology: Wilson Rumbeiha


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Battelle Memorial Institute
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (CDC/NCIPC)
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
National Institute of Health /National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 


Bayer U.S. Crop Science
BTG International, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
Rare Disease Therapeutics 


American Academy for Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT)
American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
America’s Poison Centers (APC)
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
University of Massachusetts

Totals as of December 31, 2023

Total Bank Accounts$ 2,907,121 
Total Accounts Receivable$ 329,596 
Investment Account$ 1,498,057 
Total Prepaid Expenses$ 46,790 
Temporary Restricted Net Assets$ 3,000 
TOTAL ASSETS$ 4,784,564
Total Accounts Payable$ 98,818 
Total Credit Cards$ 8,017 
Accumulated PTO Payable$ 108,927 
Total Deferred Course Revenue$ 51,663 
Total Deferred Dues Revenue$ 133,320 
Deferred Income$ 438,037 
Due to/from MTF$ -99,992 
Unbilled Revenue$ -81,512 
Retained Earnings$ 3,739,293 
Temporarily Restricted Net Assets$ 6,000 
Net Income$ 381,994 
Total Equity$ 4,127,287