Medical Toxicology Fellowship

Atlanta's premier medical and governmental toxicology institutions have come together to provide an extraordinarily rich and rewarding opportunity for training in Medical Toxicology.

Each year, our ACGME-accredited program offers two new fellows the chance to learn from some of the world's foremost toxicology experts. This two-year program offers fellows affiliations with Emory University Medical School, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more. Fellows also work with world-class Medical Toxicology experts at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), five Atlanta-area hospitals, and the Georgia Poison Center - one of the busiest poison call centers in the country. 

 For more information about CDC-related activities, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hsb/chemicals/fellowship.htm

Training

The fellowship will involve both clinical activity and research. Our program's clinical emphasis is designed to help fellows’ practice skills grow and mature. Upon completion, fellows are on their way to becoming an independent investigators. The Emory/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Georgia Poison Center Medical Toxicology Fellowship offers broad training, especially in areas now receiving increased emphasis on the Medical Toxicology board exam. Our mentors come from a wide range of fields including: emergency medicine, emergency preparedness and response, environmental and occupational medicine, epidemiology, forensic toxicology, geographic information systems, health policy, laboratory medicine, pediatrics, pharmacology, preventive medicine, public health surveillance, and radiation medicine.  The Georgia Poison Center also has a PharmD Clinical Toxicology fellowship training program. There are fewer than 10 of these programs in the U.S., which provides our Medical Toxicology fellows with valuable multidisciplinary training opportunities.

As a result of this breadth of experience, the program's physicians and scientists in Medical Toxicology offer fellows uniquely well-rounded training in a variety of areas: 

  • Bedside evaluation and care of poisoned patients 
  • Working with a diverse patient population in diverse clinical settings 
  • Poison center activities and statewide consultation 
  • Preventive toxicological practice 
  • Environmental and occupational outpatient consultation 
  • Environmental public health research 
  • Toxicant-related problems in international settings 
  • Toxicological and epidemiologic research 

Fellows spend plenty of time dealing with poisoning, but are also involved in field investigations of toxicological problems, wherever they may occur. The fellowship includes ample opportunity for travel, both international and domestic. Fellows can expect to take part in research trips during their tenure. Gaining experience means sometimes going to where the exposure happens. 

Training Courses

Fellows complete multiple training courses during their fellowship, including:

  • Advanced Hazmat Life Support
  • Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
  • Explosions and Blast Injuries
  • Radiological Preparedness and Emergency Response
  • Nuclear Plant Emergency Response
  • Epidemiology in Action (offered through the Rollins School of Public Health)
  • Research Boot Camp
  • Scientific Writing

Teaching

Fellows have ample opportunity to participate in teaching activities and refine their teaching skills. After participating in the training courses above, fellows subsequently become instructors for some of the courses such as AHLS, Radiological Preparedness and Emergency Response, and Nuclear Plant Emergency Response. Furthermore, fellows are frequently invited to give lectures on core content material to Emory University residents and fellows in the emergency medicine, internal medicine-psychiatry, and pediatric emergency medicine programs. Fellows also participate in lectures for CDC's public health preparedness program aimed at various public health responders.

GA Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Clinic

  • Evaluates patients on a weekly basis
  • Only Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) affiliated toxicology clinic in the Southeastern United States

Public Health Emergency Training

Fellows are extensively trained in numerous areas important for public health emergency response. The fellows have received training in HAZWOPER, HAZCAT, REAC/TS, and Weapons of Mass Destruction Technical Emergency Response. They have hands-on experience in chemical and radiological decontamination, all levels of personal protective equipment including the proper use of a respirator, and use of detection equipment for chemical and radiological agents. 

Outbreak Investigations

The program is unique among ACGME-accredited programs with its emphasis on public health, epidemiology, and preventive toxicology practice in addition to clinical care. Since the start of the program, the Medical Toxicology residents have participated in epidemiological investigations of exposures to hazardous materials and the health effects resulting from those exposures. Fellows, under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologists, have also had firsthand experience with outbreak response and public health practice. These opportunities are unique among medical toxicology training programs across the country. Examples include:

  • Investigating numerous deaths associated with drinking “pombe” in Mozambique
  • Synthetic cannabinoid cluster in Denver, CO
  • Acetyl-fentanyl contaminated heroin cluster in Rhode Island
  • Investigating a ricin-containing envelope at a South Carolina Postal Facility
  • Multi-state investigation of internal contamination with radioactive strontium
  • Cholinesterase inhibitor poisoning in children in Bangladesh
  • Investigating ackee fruit poisoning in Haiti
  • Assisting in the cancer cluster investigation in Fallon, Nevada
  • Evaluation of pesticide exposure in the aftermath of hurricane Isabelle in Virginia
  • And numerous others

The residents also have opportunities to participate in other CDC and ATSDR preparedness and response activities. Examples include staffing the CDC emergency operations center during the Ebola response.

Fellows

Class of 2019

  • Brian Murray, MD
  • Camille Dunkley, MD
  • Joseph Carpenter, MD

Class of 2018

  • Diane Hindman, MD
  • Tharwat El Zahran, MD
  • Aaron Ralston, MD

Class of 2017

  • Cynthia Santos, MD
  • Jessica Weiland, MD
  • Ezaldeen Numur, MD

Class of 2016

  • Mehruba Anwar, MD
  • Derek Eisnor, MD

Class of 2015

  • Justin Arnold, DO
    Assistant Professor, Medical Director Regional Poison Control Center
    Children’s of Alabama
    Co-Director, Office of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine
    UAB Medicine | The University of Alabama at Birmingham  
  • Alaina Steck, MD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine                                                                                                                                                                                  Clerkship Director, Section of Medical Toxicology
Class of 2014
  • Molly Boyd MD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine and Section of Medical Toxicology
    Albany Medical College, Albany NY
  • Melissa Halliday DO
    Acting Instructor
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    Washington University, Seattle WA

Class of 2013

  • John J. Devlin, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
    Undersea Medical Officer / Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy
    Associate Program Director Emergency Medicine Residency Program Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
    Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine Uniformed Services, University Bethesda, MD
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of EmergencyMedicine Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, GA

  • Adam Pomerleau MD
    Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta GA

  • Mohan Punja MD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Class of 2012

  • Sophia Sheikh, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL

Class of 2011

  • Soumya Pandalai, MD
    Staff Physician Mental Health Care Line
    Substance Use Dependence and Education Program
    Addiction Medicine and Pain Clinic,
    Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

  • Sarah Jane Reedy, MD
    Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta GA

  • Rizwan Riyaz, MD
    Assistant Consultant Emergency Medicine. Royal Clinics, KSA

Class of 2010

  • Andre Matthews, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    Emory University, Atlanta GA

Class of 2009

  • Carl Skinner, MD
    MAJ(P), MC
    Emergency Medicine
    Medical Toxicology
    Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
  • Richard Kleiman, MD
    Wellstar Kennestone, Marietta GA

Class of 2008

  • Mark Sutter, MD
    Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis
    Assistant Medical Director, California Poison Control System-Sacramento Division
    Sacramento, CA

Class of 2007

  • Adam Algren, MD
    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
    Assistant Medical Director
    University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Damon Del’Aglio, MD
    Wellstar Kennestone, Marietta GA

Class of 2006

  • Claudia Barthold, MD
    Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Nebraska
    Omaha, NE
  • Arthur Chang, MD
    Health Studies Branch
    National Center for Environmental Health
    Centers for Disease Control
    Atlanta GA

Class of 2005

  • Ziad Kazzi, MD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    Emory University
    Assistant Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center
    Atlanta GA
  • Jennifer (Audi) Oakes, MD
    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine & Section of Medical Toxicology Albany Medical College Albany, New York
    Medical Toxicologist, Upstate New York Poison Center
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
    Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY

Class of 2004

  • Michael Schwartz, MD
    CAPT, US Public Health Service
    Office of Environmental Health Emergencies
    National Center for Environmental Health|
    Centers for Disease Control
    Atlanta, GA 
  • Scott Whitlow, DO, FAAEM
    Emergency Medicine/Medical Toxicology
    Chair & Medical Director - Emergency Medicine
    Kaweah Delta Medical Center
    Associate Clinical Professor - EM - UC Irvine
    Associate Clinical Professor - EM -WUHS/COMP
    Adjunt Professor of Clinical Medicine - AUACOM
    CEP - America
    Visalia, CA

Class of 2002

  • Martin Belson, MD
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates, LLC
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, Atlanta, GA

Contact Us

If you would like additional information about the Emory/CDC Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program, please contact: 

morgan

Brent W. Morgan, MD
Fellowship Director
Georgia Poison Center
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-616-4403
bmorg02@emory.edu