ACMT Career Achievement Award

The ACMT Career Achievement Award honors an ACMT member who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of medical toxicology. The award is presented annually at ACMT’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

Please see the nomination procedures below and send your nominations today!

Keith Burkhart, MD, FACMT
MD, Senior Advisor for Medical Toxicology, US Department of Health and Human Services, Silver Spring, Maryland
Lecture title: Medical Toxicology at the FDA: A Structured Public Health Career

Senior Advisor for Medical Toxicology in the Division of Applied Regulatory Science in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology in the Office of Translational Science in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He received his medical toxicology training at the Rocky Mountain Poison Center in Denver (1988-1990). Emergency Medicine training was at the University of Cincinnati (1982-1985, Chief Resident). His Medical Degree (1982) is from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, now Drexel University. His B.S. (1978) is from Ursinus College in Biology (valedictorian). He is a Past-President and Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He is a co-editor of Critical Care Toxicology. He is the former Medical Director of the Penn State Poison Center (1990-2002) associated with an inpatient toxicology admitting service.

Research interests include antidotes and treatment of the poisoned patients. At the FDA he started a biological plausibility consult service that would analyze for potential mechanisms as supportive evidence for an emerging drug safety signal. Bioinformatic tools were evaluated and studied to support these analyses. Research has also been done to predict adverse events. He currently is the Medical Monitor for FDA sponsored clinical trials performed to inform regulatory decision making.

B. Zane Horowitz, MD, FACMT
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
“B is for Botulism” – lecture presented at the 2023 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting


Steven A. Seifert, MD, FAACT, FACMT
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Medical Director, New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center
“From There to Here: The Long and Winding Road”


Leslie Boyer, MD, FACMT
Professor Emerita of Pathology, University of Arizona
“Technology & Toxinology: 120 Years of Antivenom in North America”


Erica Liebelt, MD, FACMT
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Medical Director, New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center
“Keeping the Lamp of  Excellence Burning – Important Lessons a Heart Surgeon and  Medical Toxicologists Have Taught Me”


Paul Wax, MD, FACMT
Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology


Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT
Chief, Division of Medical Toxicology; Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


Kenneth Kulig, MD, FACMT
Medical Toxicologist, Toxicology Associates, PLLC


Michael Kosnett, MD, FACMT
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Fred Henretig, MD, FACMT
Senior Toxicologist, Section of Clinical Toxicology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Milton Tenenbein, MD, FACMT
Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology, Children’s Hospital, Winnipeg


Jeffrey Brent, MD, PhD, FACMT
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Robert S. Hoffman, MD, FACMT
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine


William Banner, MD, FACMT
Medical Director, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy


Kent Olson, MD, FACMT
Medical Director, University of California San Francisco


Steven Marcus, MD
Executive Director; Medical Director, New Jersey Medical School


J. Ward Donovan, MD, FACMT
Chief, Medical Toxicology, Pennsylvania Toxicologists, PC


Steven Curry, MD, FACMT
Department of Medical Toxicology, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix


Charles Becker, MD, FACMT
Professor, Internal Medicine; Occupational Medicine; and Medical Toxicology, University of California San Francisco


Anthony Temple, MD


Richard Dart, MD, FACMT
Director, Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center


Carol Angle, MD
Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia


Howard Mofenson, MD


Barry Rumack, MD, FACMT
Professor Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Frederick Lovejoy, MD
Associate Physician-in-Chief; Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics; Deputy Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital


William Robertson, MD
Washington Poison Center


Lewis Goldfrank, MD, FACMT
Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York University-Bellevue Hospital


Helmut Redetsky, MD

Next Nomination Deadline: July 15, 2024


Any member of the College may nominate himself/herself or another member for this award. The nominee must be an active member of the College; however the peak of activity does not have to be recent. Additional outstanding contributions to the specialty should include one or all of the following; teaching, clinical practice, research, service.


Each year the Awards Committee will evaluate the new entries submitted and the previous nominees from the last five years. The recommendations are subject to review by the ACMT Board of Directors. The decision of the Board is final, and the Board reserves the right to make no award if there are no nominees of sufficient merit.

Nomination Procedures

Letters of nomination should offer detailed specific information regarding the nominees contributions to the field of Medical Toxicology. As part of the initial review process, an ACMT staff member may follow up with the nominator to request the nominee’s CV if one is not already on file.

Send letters to the Awards Committee via email to with ‘ACMT Career Achievement Nomination‘ in the subject line. 

Award and Presentation

The recipient will be recognized at the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting. The recipient will have the opportunity to deliver a keynote address on a topic of his/her choice or have one presented in his/her honor.