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Charles McKay, MD, FACMT



University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Hartford, CT

After graduating from both Dartmouth College and Medical School, Dr. McKay completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital, and completed practice pathway preceptorships in Medical Toxicology at the Rocky Mountain and New York Poison Control Centers. 

Dr. McKay is a medical toxicologist at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. He is a diplomat of the ABMT and the ABMS Toxicology Subboard. He is the Associate Medical Director of the Connecticut Poison Control Center and the Director of the Toxicology Fellowship at UConn. Dr. McKay also directs a toxicology consult service at Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). As Medical Director of Occupational Health Services for Hartford Hospital and CCMC, he also evaluates questions of workplace safety and toxic exposure for 9,000 employees. 

He has served on the ACMT Board of Directors since 2007 and is the Past Chair of the ACMT Practice Committee. Dr. McKay is active in biopreparedness efforts at the local and state level and has helped lead ACMT’s participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA) process. Dr. McKay is also the National Coordinator of the ACMT-ATSDR Regional Consultation Network.
Dr. McKay seeks “to develop sustainable practice opportunities for medical toxicologists.” His interests lie in clinical patient care, occupational and environmental toxicology, biopreparedness, and training of residents and fellows. He also enjoys scuba diving and distance running.  



Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT

Lewis_Nelson.jpg   New York University School of Medicine 
New York, NY

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine followed by a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at New York City Poison Control Center/New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nelson is Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and also the Director of Education for his department. He is the Director of the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology program at NYUSOM and NYCPCC. He is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center and New York University Langone Medical Center. At NYULMC, he is Chair of both the Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Medication Safety committees. 

Dr. Nelson has served as Chair of the Medical Toxicology Subboard, the board certifying organization for medical toxicologists. He has also been of the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Safety and Risk Management (DSaRM) Advisory Committee. 

In addition to editing Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies, now in its 9th edition, Dr. Nelson’s educational and research interests focus on opioid toxicology, medication safety, and chemical terrorism.

Dr. Nelson was first elected to the ACMT Board of Directors in 2002. He served as President from 2010 to 2012, and has had leadership roles on multiple committees.