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2018 Total Tox Course Faculty Bios

  

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.  
 

  

Christina E. Hantsch Bardsley, MD

Chief, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital
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Sean M. Bryant, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System; Assistant Fellowship Director, Toxikon Consoritum; Associate Medical Director, Illinois Poison Center; CDR, US Navy Reserve MC (IRR)
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Dr. Bryant began his toxicology training in 2001 in Chicago under the guidance of the Toxikon Consortium at Cook County Hospital.  After spending one year on faculty at the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine post completion of his training, he accepted a faculty appointment with the Department of Emergency Medicine (Cook County Health and Hospitals System).  Current roles include Associate Medical Director of the Illinois Poison Center, Associate Program Director of the Toxikon Consortium Medical Toxicology Fellowship Training Program, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine through Rush Medical College.  These roles include education, administrative responsibilities, research, and training Medical Toxicology Fellows.  Additionally, half of Dr. Bryant’s time is spent working emergency medicine shifts and mentoring emergency medicine residents and medical students.

 
 
 

Andrea G. Carlson, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, Advocate Christ Medical Center
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Neeraj Chhabra, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, Cook County Health and Hospitals System
Chhabra.jpgNeeraj Chhabra, M.D, is an Emergency Medicine physician and Medical Toxicologist at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Chhabra earned his M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital and subsequently completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology under the guidance of the Toxikon Consortium through Cook County Hospital, the University of Illinois in Chicago Hospital, and the Illinois Poison Center. He currently works in resident physician education and as the Director of the Academic Associates research program within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital.
 
 
 
 

Timothy Erickson, MD

Vice Chair, Emergency Department, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
erickson.jpgDr. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Erickson earned his M.D. degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1986. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Illinois and his medical toxicology fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Erickson is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Medical Toxicology, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the prestigious National Geographic Explorers Club.

Previously, Dr. Erickson served as the Director for the UIC Center for Global Health and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Erickson also served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, and Continuing Medical Education at the UIC College of Medicine. He was an Acting and Interim Head in the Department of Emergency Medicine and has held other multifaceted appointments ranging from EM Residency Program Director to Chief of Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Erickson has been a member of multiple editorial boards and has a prolific academic history including publishing over 120 original journal articles and book chapters as well as editing 4 major textbooks. He has presented over 100 national and international invited lectures related to emergency medicine, toxicology, humanitarian global health, and wilderness/expedition medicine.

Dr. Erickson’s federal grant funding includes HRSA sponsored grants related to global preparedness and bioterrorism and a Medtronic foundation grant addressing acute cardiovascular disease in India. He has extensive international experience in Africa (Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya), Asia (India, Vietnam, Nepal), South America (Brazil, Peru, Argentina), Europe (Kosovo, Ukraine, France) and Antarctica.
 

Katherine Katzung, MD

Vice Chair, Emergency Department, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
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William Kerns, 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.

 

Jerrold B. Leikin, MD

Director of Medical Toxicology, NorthShore University HealthSystem
leikin.jpgDr. Jerrold B. Leikin is currently the Director of Medical Toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem-OMEGA located at Evanston, Highland Park, Skokie and Glenbrook Hospitals in Illinois and also Associate Director of the Toxicon Consortium based at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Pritzker School of Medicine (University of Chicago) and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rush Medical College.

In 1980, Dr. Leikin received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He then completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University (1984) followed by a three year preceptorship/fellowship training in Medical Toxicology at Cook County Hospital and University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

He served as the Associate Director of the Emergency Department at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago from 1998-2001. During this time Dr. Leikin was also the Medical Director of the Rush Poison Control Center and served as Medical Director of the United States Drug Testing Laboratory from 1991 -1996. He was the Medical Director of PROSAR (located in St. Paul, MN); a national call center devoted to industrial exposures and product safety issues, up until December, 2013.

Dr. Leikin has presented over 170 abstracts at national meetings (primarily to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology) and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is the co-editor of the Poisoning and Toxicology Handbook (now in its fourth edition), published by CRC Press, and the American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care, published by Random House (New York). He is also the co-editor with Dr. Robin McFee for the Toxico-terrorism book (McGraw Hill) and the Handbook of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Agent Exposure (CRC Press) both published in 2007. He was also the co-editor of the American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia, published by Random House in 2003. Dr. Leikin is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the primary care journal, Disease-a-Month, published by Elsevier. He is currently on staff at 7 hospitals, 4 medical schools and 3 poison centers.
  

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.
 
 
  

Jenny Lu, MD

Toxikon Consortium, Emergency Medicine Physician, Cook County Hospital
Lu_Pic.jpgJenny Lu, MD, MS is an emergency medicine physician and toxicologist at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago, Illinois where she completed residency followed by toxicology fellowship training through the Toxikon Consortium. Her main interests are in resident education and acute care toxicology. She coordinates the emergency medicine residency toxicology lectures and directs the residency toxicology college. She also co-moderates the Acute and Intensive Care Symposium at NACCT every year.
 
 
 
 
 

Joseph K. Maddry, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, US Air Force En route Care Research Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center
maddry.jpgMajor Joseph Maddry is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist. He currently serves as the Director of the US Air Force En route Care Research Center (ECRC) located at the US Army Institute for Surgical Research and as the Director of the Clinical Resuscitation, Emergency Sciences and Toxicology (CREST) Research Program. In this position he oversees 18 personnel and a $14.8 million dollar research portfolio. He is an author of 30 peer reviewed publications and 77 research presentations. The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine recognized Dr. Maddry’s research as one of the best publications of 2014. Most recently, Maj Maddry was awarded the 2017 USAF Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research award.

His career appointments include serving as a Board Certified Staff Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Toxicologist at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC); and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, Maj Maddry was deployed to a Level III evacuation hub in Afghanistan where he served as a Staff Physician and Toxicologist and to Baghdad, Iraq where he provided CBRE training to Iraqi medical personnel.

Dr. Maddry earned his BS from the US Air Force Academy in 2001. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD, where he was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the San Antonio Military Medical Center and his medical toxicology fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado.

Charles McKay, MD

President, American College of Medical Toxicology; Connecticut Poison Control Center
McKay-Photo-2017--125.jpgAfter 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.
 

Mark B. Mycyk, MD

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical Toxicology; Toxikon Consortium, Cook County Hospital
mycky.jpgMark B. Mycyk, MD made his way to medicine after obtaining a degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College.  He obtained an MD from the University of Illinois, completed his residency in emergency medicine at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center where he served as chief resident, and then completed a fellowship in medical toxicology at Cook County Hospital.  He is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital, the Research Director for the Toxikon Consortium, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Medical Toxicology.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lewis Nelson, MD

Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Lewis_Nelson.jpgLewis S. Nelson, MD is currently Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, in Newark. He is a former President of the American College of Medical Toxicology and has served in various consultative roles with FDA, CDC, and DHS. He is an editor of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies, now in its 10th Edition. The focus of his publications and presentations are medication-related adverse effects, chemical terrorism, and toxicity of abused drugs. Until recently, Dr. Nelson was the Director of the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at New York University School of Medicine.
 
 
 

Renee Petzel GimbarPharmD

Clinical Pharmacist, Residency Director, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
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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.