About Toxicology

Welcome to The Division of Medical Toxicology

Medical Toxicology provides specialized evaluation and care of poisoned patients through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  We are part of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  We also provide consultations through the Pittsburgh Poison Center, a nationally recognized regional poison information control center.

The toxicologists within this service exercise a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of poisoned patients.  This coordinated specialty care may be lifesaving, particularly in unusual or difficult cases.  As the foremost toxicology service available in Western Pennsylvania, our doctors provide uncompromising care and expertise for poisoned adults and children.

The Division of Medical Toxicology is under the direction of Dr. Anthony F. Pizon - Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology and Fellowship Director.  He is supported by Dr. Michael J. Lynch, - Pittsburgh Poison Center Medical Director, Dr. Michael Abesamis - Director of the Medical Toxicology Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Nathan Menke - Research, Dr. Jawaid Akhtar, M.D.(not pictured), Dr. Andableeb Raja, MD - Senior Fellow, Dr. Joseph Yanta - Junior Fellow, and Dr. Greg Swartzentruber - Junior Fellow.   

The Division is proud to welcome Dr. Todd Phillips who will begin July 1st, 2014. Dr. Phillips is currently in his final year of residency in Emergerency Medicine residency here at UPMC.  We are delighted for him to join the team growing family. 

A cut in federal appropriations by nearly 25% for the nations poison centers is being considered. Please check out the American Association of Poison Control Centers to learn further details.

Rotation and Education



    Outpatient Clinic


   Inpatient and Consultation Services