MTF Board of Directors
Erica Liebelt, MD, FACMT, FAAP
MTF Board President
Dr. Erica Liebelt is the Executive Director and Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In her current position, she leads the management and oversight of medical direction including consultation on management of poisoned patients and development of clinical guidelines. Dr. Liebelt also serves as the leader of the nonprofit organization where she drives strategic planning, fundraising and operations for the organization. She relocated to Seattle from Birmingham, Alabama where she spent 13 years as Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Co-Medical Director of the Regional Poison Control Center/Birmingham, Director of Medical Toxicology Services at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and Medical Director of Medication Safety. She has held previous faculty appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Liebelt graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with Highest Honors. Her postgraduate medical education included a Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio followed by a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and a Medical Toxicology and Pharmacology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Poison Control Center in Boston. Dr. Liebelt has served on several expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She served on the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Board of Directors for 13 years, finishing her tenure as Board President in 2010. Dr. Liebelt is the current Board President of the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) and Chair of the American Association of Poison Control Center (AAPCC) Medical Directors’ Advisory Council. She has also served as a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Medical Toxicology Subboard. Dr. Liebelt has authored 35 book chapters for leading toxicology textbooks and over 45 manuscripts and review articles. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on various topics in Medical Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and medication safety. Her research and clinical interests include the pharmacogenomics of psychotropic medications; quality of care for poisoned patients; antidepressant poisoning; and pediatric environmental toxicology, specifically lead poisoning. She volunteers for medical mission work in Ecuador with the Santiago Partnership.
Timothy 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.
Jeffrey Brent, MD, PhD, FACMT
MTF Board Member
Dr. Brent is a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine & Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Schools of Medicine & Public Health. He did his fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center, where he has been both Medical Director and Fellowship Director. He is a former President of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), a former Board Member of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and a current Board Member of the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF). Dr. Brent is the Senior Editor of Critical Care Toxicology: The Diagnosis & Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient, now in its second edition. He also serves as the Director of the ACMT’s Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC).
J. Ward Donovan, MD, FACMT, FAACT, FACEP
MTF Board Member
Dr. Donovan is a Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Toxicology (ABMT) and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology (FACMT), the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicologists (FAACT). He is a Past President of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Donovan has co-edited textbooks in Medical Toxicology and has many publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a former Program Director of an Emergency Medicine Residency and a Medical Toxicology Fellowship. He has over 40 years of clinical experience in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology, providing clinical care for thousands of patients with poisoning, drug overdose, substance abuse, and environmental and occupational toxic exposures. Dr. Donovan is a former Division Chief of both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at 2 major medical institutions and was a founder of one of the busiest Medical Toxicology practice groups in the US. He received the ACMT Matthew Ellenhorn Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Medical Toxicology. He currently provides medicolegal consultations. Dr. Donovan has a seat on the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) Board of Directors and on serves on multiple ACMT committees.
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.
Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
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.
Anthony Pizon, MD, FACMT
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.
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.
Suzanne White, MD, MBA, FACMT, FACEP
MTF Board Member
Dr. White serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for the City of Detroit Health Department. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Detroit Market with responsibility for system-wide quality improvement, patient safety, medical education, clinical research, medical staff affairs, governance, and regulatory affairs. Dr. White is a board-certified Emergency Physician and Medical Toxicologist with expertise in emergency preparedness and disaster communication. Prior to becoming CMO, she served as the Dayanandan Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University. Other roles have included Medical Director of the Michigan Poison Control System, Program Director for DMC/WSU Fellowship in Medical Toxicology, co-founder of the DMC/WSU EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship, and founder of the Advanced Fellowship GME Leadership & Development. Dr. White was instrumental in achieving the DMC’s Pioneer ACO designation and developed the care management strategy that has supported its early success. She is the Primary Investigator on a $10M CMS Health Care Innovation Award to develop a new model of primary care expansion in Detroit. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including multiple HOUR Detroit Top Docs recognitions and the 2010 Wayne State University Distinguished Alumna Award. Most recently, she was among those listed by Becker’s for the second time on the 2016 Hospital Review list of “100 Hospital & Health System CMOs to Know” for exhibiting dedication to clinical leadership and contributing to the establishment of institutional excellence. In 2014, she was named as one of the “500 People to Know in Healthcare” and one of the “Top 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know”. In 2017, she was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 10 Women to Watch in Healthcare”. Dr. White earned her MD with high distinction from Wayne State University School of Medicine and MBA from The University of Tennessee. She completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at Drexel University. Dr. White served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) e-Oral Examination Case Development Committee and the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). She is a current member of the Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) Board of Directors and is a Past President of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Board of Directors. She is a Senior ABEM Examiner and President of the Detroit Education and Research Foundation Board.
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.