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Leslie R. Dye, MD, FACMT 
President (2014-2016) 

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Editor-in-Chief, Point of Care Content, Elsevier
Waynesville, OH
 
Dr. Dye received her medical degree from the University of Kansas. She completed an Emergency Medicine Residency and Toxicology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. Her “love for the specialty of Medical Toxicology has never wavered.” She has many publications and presentations, and received an $800,000 grant to establish a Poison Control Center in Shenyang, China. 

Dr. Dye has served on the ACMT Education, Publication, and Membership committees for several years and is the past-Chair of the Education Committee. She has also organized and moderated the Fellows-in-Training luncheon at NAACT for several years and has served as the course director for the Biennial ACMT Board Review Course in 2008. Her passion has been serving as a mentor and recruiting new toxicologists into ACMT. 

She is a fitness enthusiast and bikes and swims. She has competed in a century bicycle ride, an aquabike, and several other organized bicycle rides. In her free time, she can be found on her farm in Waynesville, Ohio with her husband, Brian and various animals. 

Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
Vice President (2014-2016)

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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. 

Michelle Ruha, MD, FACMT 
Secretary / Treasurer (2014-2016)

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Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center 
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Ruha received her medical degree from UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School and then completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. Her fellowship training brought her to Phoenix, Arizona, where she continues to serve as Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. 

She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology but her clinical practice is focused on providing care to poisoned and envenomed patients. She is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and also serves on the Medical Toxicology Subboard for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the certifying organization for medical toxicologists.  

Dr. Ruha is the Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Toxicology. Her major area of interest and research is in envenomations. Dr. Ruha has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Toxicology since 2009. 

Suzanne R. White, MD, MBA, FACMT 
Past President (2014-2016)

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Detroit, MI

Dr. White completed her undergraduate education at Adrian College. She received her medical degree and completed her residency in emergency medicine and medical toxicology at Wayne State University. In addition to receiving an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Dr. White also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship at Drexel University. 

Dr. White is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology, and is a practicing medical toxicologist and emergency physician. Dr. White is the past Medical Director for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center. She is the Emergency Physician-in-Chief for the Detroit Medical Center and the Dayandan Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. In January 2011, Dr. White was named Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Detroit Medical Center. 

Dr. White has chaired the Medical Toxicology Subboard of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. White has served as the Chair of the ACMT Awards Committee and Education Committee. She currently serves on the ACGME RRC for EM and the American Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Dr. White has interests in the areas of poison prevention, disaster, bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction preparedness.

Steve Aks, DO, FACMT
(2013-2016)

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Chicago, IL 

Dr. Aks received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Aks completed his residency in emergency medicine at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his training in Medical Toxicology with the Toxikon Consortium based at Cook County Hospital. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Aks serves as the Director of the Toxikon Consortium of Chicago. Toxikon pools the toxicology resources between Cook County, The University of Illinois, and The Illinois Poison Center. He also serves at the Toxikon Fellowship Program Director in addition to his role as an Emergency Physician at Cook County. He is an associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Aks believes that “collaboration and developing the next generation of toxicologists is the key to our successful future.” 

A. Nelson Avery, MD, FACMT
(2014-2015)

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Texas A&M Health Science Center
Round Rock, TX

Dr. Avery is Professor and Director of the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Toxicology.
 
Dr. Avery has been a member of ACMT since 2002 and a Fellow since 2012. He has lectured at NACCT pre-meeting symposiums and the Annual Scientific Meeting, and served on the Medical Toxicology Foundation advisory board. He served as a member of the Toxicology Sub-Board through the American Board of Preventive Medicine (2002-2007) and was also elected to serve on the national board of directors of ACOEM and the Semiconductor Safety Association.

Michele Burns, MD, MPH, FACMT
(2013-2016)

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Boston, MA 

Dr. Burns attended both Emory College and Emory School of Medicine followed by a pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern. She moved to Boston in 1995 for a combined fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology at Children's Hospital Boston. 

Dr. Burns became the Medical Director of the Poison Control Center for Massachusetts & Rhode Island in 2000 and the Harvard Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director/Chief of the In-Patient Toxicology Program in 2001. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is chair of ACMT’s Education Committee. She is involved with ToxIC (Toxicology Investigator’s Consortium) and is a reviewer for the Journal of Medical Toxicology. She obtained her MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health.  

G. Patrick Daubert, MD, FACMT
(2012-2015)

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Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Regional Toxicology Service
Sacramento, CA


Dr. Daubert is an Army veteran with the 1st Infantry Division and received his undergraduate education in biomedical engineering at The University of Iowa (Go Hawks!). He graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine following his military service. He completed his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. This was followed by a toxicology fellowship with at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

Dr. Daubert currently works for Kaiser Permanente as part of their Northern California Regional Toxicology Service. He is the past Director of Clinical and Medical Toxicology Education at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center and past Program Director for the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology. He was previously an Associate Medical Director, Sacramento Division, of the California Poison Control System.

His areas of interest include pediatric lead poisoning, poisonous plants and fellow-in-training education. In addition, Dr. Daubert is an avid road and mountain cyclist and races/rides off-road motorcycles.

Ziad Kazzi, MD, FACMT
(2014-2017)

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Georgia Poison Center / Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Born in 1975 and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Kazzi trained in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta (2000-03) where he served as a chief resident before completing a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. 

Dr. Kazzi joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) between 2005 and 2008 where he served as a Medical Toxicologist for the Regional Poison Control Center in Birmingham and the Alabama Poison Center. 

Currently, he is an assistant professor at the department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as well as 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 medical toxicologist at the Radiation Studies Branch at the CDC. 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.

Louise Kao, MD, FACMT
(2013-2016)

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Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Kao received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, where she worked as a Poison Information Specialist (PIS) at the Chicago Poison Center under the medical direction of Dr. Jerrold Leikin. Dr. Kao went on to complete residency in Emergency Medicine and a Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Indiana University/Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Kao currently serves as the IU Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director as well as the Director of the Medical Toxicology rotation for residents and students in addition to her clinical Emergency Medicine and Toxicology duties. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. She has been actively involved in the ACMT Education, Research, and Fellowship Directors committees. Her vision for the future involves expanding the visibility and reach of Medical Toxicology across disciplines.

William Russ Kerns, II, MD, FACMT
(2011-2014)

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Charlotte, NC  

After graduating from Randolph-Macon College, Dr. Kerns 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 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.
His goal for board participation is to continue the advancement of medical toxicology in the areas of education and research.  

Eric Lavonas, MD, FACMT
(2011-2014)

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Denver, CO 

Dr. Lavonas, a native of upstate New York, is the associate director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. After graduating from University of Rochester, he received his medical degree from State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Methodist Hospital of Indiana, and completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Carolinas Medical Center.

He particularly enjoys collaborative projects; recently, he has been involved with the ILCOR and American Heart Association ALS working groups, the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee, the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine sub-board, and the CDC CO poisoning surveillance working group. He has been an ACMT member since 1999. Dr. Lavonas has also chaired the ACMT By-laws committee for 6 years, and currently chairs the Liaison committee. 

Stephen Munday, MD, MPH, FACMT
(2012-2015)

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University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Dr. Munday completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of Florida in 1983 followed by his M.D. degree at the University of Florida in 1987. He then did a one year Internal Medicine Internship at the Naval Hospital Oakland, California in 1988. He completed a Public Health Residency at the University of California, San Diego in 1995 while concurrently obtaining an MPH in Occupational Health and Epidemiology at San Diego State University. Dr. Munday went on to complete an Occupational & Environmental Medicine residency at the University of California, Irvine while at the same time obtaining an MS in Environmental Toxicology. From 2000 through 2002 he completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at UCSD. 

Dr. Munday is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UCSD and is also a Consulting Toxicologist for the California Poison Control System, San Diego Division. Dr. Munday is also the Chief of Environmental and Preventive Medicine at the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. He has been the Public Health Officer for Imperial County, California since 2004. 

Dr. Munday was involved in teaching the Agents of Opportunity course as well as the Medical Toxicology Board Review course. He recently joined ACMT’s Education committee and is one of the Directors for the 2012 Medical Toxicology Board Review Course. Dr. Munday serves as Chair of the Membership Committee.

Dr. Munday’s vision for the future of ACMT: “I want to strengthen the training opportunities in the occupational aspects of Medical Toxicology for fellows and promote our specialty among the Preventive and Occupational Medicine communities. I hope to do this by improving communication with organizations such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).”

Paul Wax, MD, FACMT
Executive Director 

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Dallas, Texas

Dr. 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.

Board Interns (2014-2015)

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Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia

After completing his undergraduate education at Brandeis University (Go Judges!), Dr. Bassett received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a residency in emergency medicine at Indiana University in 2009. After four long but rewarding years as an Army physician, Dr. Bassett has returned to his East Coast roots to serve a fellowship in medical toxicology at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Bassett is board-certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services. His interests include critical care of the poisoned patient, CBRNe and EMS, graduate medical education, noodling, and Cicerone home study.
 
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Katherine Boyle, MD
University of Massachusetts, Worcester

Dr. Boyle is a second year medical toxicology fellow at the University of Massachusetts. She graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Chemistry. Before medical school, she worked as a research assistant at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT doing synthesis and screening of small molecule libraries. She completed her medical degree and residency in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts, where she also served as chief resident.

Dr. Boyle’s interests are in prescription drug abuse, resident education, and international medicine.

 
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James Dazhe Cao, MD
Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center, Denver

Dr. Cao is currently a first year fellow at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, CO. He recently graduated from an emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC where he served as a chief resident in his final year. He has been an active member of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He currently serves on the Public Health and Injury Prevention Committee of ACEP and has been a task force member for the EMRA Legacy Initiative.

Dr. Cao's academic interests are in teaching and curriculum development. His recent research interest has been on the laboratory interference and is actively finding a research niche in medical toxicology.