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Module 12: Chemical Defense Demonstration Project Discussion

Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism: Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) & Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs)

In recent years, there has been growing concern that many of the most likely threats of chemical terrorism involve so-called “agents of opportunity.”  Both common and unusual industrial agents may pose a considerable threat as potential terrorist weapons.  While an understanding of the traditional military chemical weapons (e.g. nerve agents) remains essential, an appreciation of the myriad of other potential toxic chemicals readily available in our society is crucial if we are to optimally prepare, identify and defend against chemical threats. Many toxic industrial chemicals are easily obtainable from multiple sources in our communities and pose a serious threat to health if accidentally released or intentionally disseminated. 

Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism Complete Course Description 

Course Target Audience

The information presented will be of interest to state and local first responders, EMTs, paramedics, emergency physicians, emergency response coordinators, public health officials, industrial hygienists and others involved with chemical terrorism preparedness and response.

Module 12: Chemical Defense Demonstration Project Discussion

During this webinar, Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL) will discuss the proposed National Level Chemical Response Risk Assessment Framework and solicit feedback and insights on changes and improvements. In addition, the American College of Medical Toxicology will review selected objectives of the Chemical Agents of Opportunity series, integrating relevant examples into a discussion about how this knowledge can be applied in the field.

Presenters / Facilitators

Chuck_McKay.jpgCharles A. 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.pngLewis Nelson, MD, FACMT
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

Dr. Lewis Nelson is currently a Professor of Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, and is an attending physician at both NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He is the Director of the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at New York University School of Medicine and the New York City Poison Control Center. 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, a major textbook in the field of medical toxicology. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and presents frequently at national and international meetings. The focus of his publications and presentations are medication-related adverse effects, chemical terrorism, and toxicity of abused drugs.

KirkM125w.jpgMark Kirk, MD, FACMT
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs
Washington, DC
Dr. Kirk is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist. He is the Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Defense Program and is on faculty at the University of Virginia's Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a nationally recognized expert in chemical incident emergency response and community-based planning.

Robert J. Greenwalt Jr.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
Robert J. Greenwalt Jr. is the Principal Investigator for the Chemical Defense Demonstration Project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He has experience in systems analysis and CBR remediation with multiple projects and published documents in both areas. He is a retired US Army Corps of Engineers Colonel, who holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and National Security.

Hibbard_photo.jpgWilthea J. Hibbard, MS, PhD
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 
Wilthea J. Hibbard is the Chief Engineer/Systems Engineer for the Chemical Defense Demonstration Project at LLNL. She has experience in systems analysis and engineering, chemical detection, and CBR remediation with multiple projects and publications in these areas. She has worked on several projects analyzing vulnerabilities and developing technological solutions for homeland security projects. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis.

Module Recording and Materials

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