MTF Board of Directors

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Erica Liebelt, MD, FACMT, FAAP
MTF Board President

Dr.  Erica Liebelt is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She serves as the Medical and Research Director of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine as well as the Associate Medical Director of the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center. Dr. Liebelt is also an attending physician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s pediatric emergency department. Dr. Liebelt is board-certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Medical Toxicology. She received her MD with Highest Honors from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Liebelt completed her Medical Toxicology and Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Poison Control Center.

Dr. Liebelt served on the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Board of Directors for 13 years, serving as its first woman President from 2008-2010. She was on the American Board of Pediatrics’ General Certification Committee for 11 years and also on the Medical Toxicology Sub-Board with the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 9 years. She has also authored 36 book chapters for leading toxicology textbooks and 58 manuscripts and review articles.  In 2020, Dr. Liebelt was recognized by her peers and presented with the American College of Medical Toxicology’s Career Achievement Award which honors an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of medical toxicology in teaching, clinical practice, research, and service.


MTF_Board/Wiegand125.jpgTimothy Wiegand, MD, FACMT, DABAM, FAACT
MTF Board Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Wiegand is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and also a volunteer faculty member of the SUNY Upstate Medical Toxicology Fellowship program. Dr. Wiegand's research interests include billing, reimbursement and effectiveness of Medical Toxicology practice models, warning signs for suicide attempt in particular the use and involvement of alcohol or drugs in a suicide attempt and he is involved with wide variety of surveillance and research projects involving the Bedside Toxicology Registry and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Toxic Case Registry. He is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) Board of Directors and a Member of the ACMT Board of Directors.


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Maryann Amirshahi, PharmD, MD, MPH, FACMT
MTF Board Member

Dr. Amirshahi completed her BS in pharmacy and PharmD at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, followed by medical school at Temple University. She completed emergency medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania, medical toxicology fellowship at the George Washington University, and clinical pharmacology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center. She received an MPH from the George Washington University with a concentration on environmental and occupational health. She is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology, addiction medicine, and clinical pharmacology. She is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and practices clinically at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She serves as a toxicology consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the National Capital Poison Center. Her research interests focus on medication safety, prescription drug shortages, drug therapy in emergency medicine, and prescription drug abuse.


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Bryan Judge, MD, FACMT
MTF Board Member

Dr. Judge graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and the GRMEP Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Following graduation, he completed a fellowship in medical toxicology at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Dr. Judge has served in a number of faculty roles before becoming the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. The interface with people that occurs during his job has been essential in providing him with much satisfaction and keeps ignited his passion for 'what he does' and 'why he does it'. He enjoys going to work every day and connecting with faculty, medical students, and residents in order to deliver compassionate and quality care for patients. He has four children and his spare time is spent with family and friends. He enjoys cooking, erging, hunting, rowing and writing. His next academic accomplishment is to complete a master's degree in health professions education in order to keep bringing innovative educational ideas and methods to the program.


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Ziad Kazzi, MD, FACMT, FAACT, FAAEM, FACEP
MTF Board Member

Raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Kazzi trained in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. He served as a Chief Resident before completing a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. From 2005-2008, Dr. Kazzi joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he served as a Medical Toxicologist for the Regional Poison Control Center in Birmingham and the Alabama Poison Center. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the International Toxicology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Emory University. He is also the Assistant Medical Director of the Georgia Poison Center and a Guest Researcher at the CDC National Center of Environmental Health. As an emergency physician and toxicologist, Dr. Kazzi specializes in the recognition, triage and management of poisonings and holds a deep interest in the areas of Radiation and International Toxicology. Dr. Kazzi is member of both the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Board of Directors. He is currently serving as the President of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Clinical Toxicology Association whose mission is to advance the care of poisoned patients and prevent poisonings in the MENA region.


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Edwin K. Kuffner, MD
MTF Board Member

Dr. Kuffner received his B.A degree in German Language and Literature from the State University of New York and his M.D. from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He trained in Emergency Medicine at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center where he was a Chief Resident. He completed a medical toxicology fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology. Currently, Dr. Kuffner the Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. He leads a team of medical and safety professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, scientists) whose sole focus, independent of business or financial objectives, is on patient/consumer safety. He is a member of the J&J Office of Consumer Medical Safety and a member of the Consumer R&D Leadership team. Prior to joining J&J, Dr. Kuffner spent 10 years working in Colorado as an emergency physician and medical toxicologist. While in Colorado he held academic teaching positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Denver Health Medical Center, was the Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and was a Medical Director of an emergency department. Dr. Kuffner has authored numerous publications, including many involving acetaminophen.


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MTF Board Member

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 an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Toxicology (ABMT) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Toxicology Subboard. He is the Associate Medical Director of the Connecticut Poison Control Center. Before retiring after more than 30 years of active clinical practice, Dr. McKay directed toxicology consult services at Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). He also directed the Medical Toxicology fellowship training program in CT. As Medical Director of Occupational Health Services for Hartford Hospital and CCMC, he also evaluated questions of workplace safety and toxic exposure for 9,000 employees. Dr. McKay is a Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) Board Member, the current President of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Board of Directors and a Past Chair of the ACMT Practice Committee. Dr. McKay is active in bio-preparedness efforts and has helped lead ACMT’s participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA) process, and other activities with state and federal agencies.


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MTF Board Member

Dr. Pizon received his medical degree from the University of Toledo School of Medicine in 2001. He then completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2004 and his Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2006. Dr. Pizon is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He serves as Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology and Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at UPMC. He is also Assistant Medical Director for both the West Virginia and Pittsburgh Poison Centers. Dr. Pizon is member of both the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Board of Directors.


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Andrew Stolbach, MD, MPH, FACMT, FAACT, FACEM
MTF Board Member

Dr. Stolbach is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. He serves as a consultant to the Maryland Poison Center, is a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital P&T Committee and is a Johns Hopkins IRB co-Chair. He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Life Science along with a minor in History. He furthered his education at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and received a Doctorate of Medicine Degree. Dr. Stolbach completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he was Chief Resident. He completed his Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Bellevue Medical Center and New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Stolbach has received Honors and Awards including: The University Honors Medal for Scholarship in History (1998); Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (1998); a 2010 ACMT/McNeil Products Award for Acetaminophen-Related Research; and a grant from Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) for Airborne Particulate Matter Education. He is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM), American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT). Dr. Stolbach has developed a 10-part online toxicology training program that is currently being used by a number of Emergency Medicine residency programs. He has also created toxicology webinars and online modules for the ACMT and United States ATSDR. He is currently writing an opioid prescribing teaching module for emergency and primary care providers. Dr. Stolbach is member of both the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) and the ACMT Board of Directors.


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Paul Wax, MD, FACMT
MTF Board Ex-Officio

Dr. Wax is the Executive Director of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF). He received his BA from Dartmouth College, his MD 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 ACMT. Along with his role as the Executive Director of ACMT/MTF, 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. Dr. Wax’s previous faculty appointments include the Departments of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Dr. Wax previously served on the ACMT Board of Directors, serving as ACMT Board President from 2006-2008. During this volunteer tenure he chaired the ACMT Education Committee. Dr. Wax served as the National Director of ACMT's Consultation Network to support the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) Regional Offices and was co-founder of ACMT’s Chemical Agent of Opportunity course. Dr. Wax also served as one of the American Board of Emergency Medicine’s (ABEM) appointees 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 National Center for Environmental Health’s (NCEH) Division of Laboratory Sciences and was a member of NCEH/ATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors.