Anthony Pizon

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology

Dr. Pizon's current research interests include the novel pharmaceutical management of withdrawal syndromes, the evaluation of cost effective care provided by medical toxicologists, and biomarkers of hepatic injury after acetaminophen toxicity. However, his real passion lies in the education of fellows, residents, and medical students.

Academic & Clinical Titles

Attending Emergency Physician & Medical Toxicologist, UPMC

Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Medical Review Officer, UPMC Urgent Care

Program Director, Fellowship in Medical Toxicology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Board Certifications

Medical Toxicology, American Board of Emergency Medicine

Addiction Medicine, American Board of Preventative Medicine

Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

Education & Training


Medical Toxicology - Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ


Emergency Medicine - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Medical School

MD - University of Toledo, Toledo, OH


BS - Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA


-Farkas AN, Scoccimarro A, Pizon AF. Methemoglobinemia due to antifreeze ingestion. N Engl J Med 2017; 377: 1993-1994.

-Liu L, Wheeler SE, Venkataramanan R, Rymer JA, Pizon AF, Lynch MJ, Tamama K. Newly emerging drugs of abuse and their detection methods. Am J Clin Path 2018; 149: 105-116.

-Rose JJ, Nouraie M, Gauthier MC, Pizon AF, Saul MI, Donahoe MP, Gladwin MT. Clinical outcomes and mortality impact of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in patients with carbon monoxide poisoning. Crit Care Med 2018; 46: e649-e655. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003135.

-Pizon AF, Lynch MJ, Benedict NJ, Yanta JH, Frisch A, Menke NB, Swartzentruber GS, King AM, Abesamis MG, Kane-Gill SL. Adjunct ketamine use in the management of severe ethanol withdrawal. Crit Care Med 2018; 46: e768-e771. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003204.

-King AM, Danagoulian S, Lynch M, Menke N, Mu Y, Saul M, Abesamis M, Pizon AF. The effect of a medical toxicology inpatient service in an academic teritary care referral center. J Med Toxicol 2019; 15: 12-21. doi: 10.1007/s13181-018-0684-2

-Levin M, Pizon A, Beuhler M, Cantrell FL, LoVecchio F, Spyres M, Skolnik AB, Brooks DE. Exploratory ingestions of novel anticoagulants and antiplatelets: What is the risk? Pediatr Emerg Care 2018. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001616

-Farkas A, Lynch MJ, Westover R, Giles J, Siripong N, Nalatwad A, Pizon AF, Martin-Gill C. Pulmonary complications of opioid overdose treated with naloxone. Ann Emerg Med 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.04.006

-Rengasamy M, Sylvester C, Shulman, J, Pizon A. Contemporary characteristicis and lethality correlates of serious suicide attempts in children and adolescents. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2020. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12615.

-Campleman SL, Brent J, Pizon AF, Shulman J, Wax P, Manini AF. Drug-specific risk of severe QT prolongation following acute drug overdose. Clin Toxicol. 2020. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2020.1746330.

-Pepin LC, Buchanan JA, Pizon AF, Heard K, Zuckerman M. Educating the educators. J Med Tox. 2021; 17: 157-159.

-Farkas A, Westover R, Pizon AF, Lynch M, Martin-Gill C. Outcomes following naloxone administration by bystanders and first responders. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2021; May 7:1-7. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2021.1918299

-Cohen N, Mathew M, Davis A, Brent J, Wax P, Schuh S, Freedman SB, Froberg B, Schwarz E, Canning J, Tortora L, Hoyte C, Koons AL, Burns MM, McFalls J, Wiegand TJ, Hendrickson GR, Judge B, Quang LS, Hodgman M, Chenoweth JA, Algren DA, Carey J, Caravati EM, Akpunonu P, Geib AJ, Seifert SA, Kazzi Z, Othong R, Greene SC, Holstege C, Tweet MS, Vearrier D, Pizon AF, Campleman SL, Li S, Aldy K, Finkelstein Y. Predictors of severe outcome following opioid intoxication in children. Clin Toxicol. 2022. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2022.2038188.

-Shivanekar S, Gopalan P, Pizon A, Spotts C, Cruz N, Lightfoot M, Rohac R, Baumeister A, Griffo A, Panny B, Kucherer S, Israel A, Rengasamy M, Price R. A pilot study of ketamine infusion after suicide attempt: new frontiers in treating acute suicidality in a real-world medical setting. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022. 19(21): 13792. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192113792.

-Levine M, Spungen H, Pizon AF. Failure of Crotalidae Immune F(ab)2 Equine Antivenom to achieve control in a Southern Pacific Rattlesnake envenomation. Ann Emerg Med. 2022. 80(6): 525-527. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2022.06.013.

-Pizon AF, Kao L, Mycyk MB, Wax PM. Demand for medical toxicology fellowship training is at an all-time high. J Med Toxicol. 2023. 19: 1-3. doi: 10.1007/s13181-022-00920-4.

-Trautman W, Pizon A. Severe, persistent thrombocytopenia in Crotalus horridus envenomation despite antivenom: A retrospective review. Toxicon. 2023. 224:107029. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2023.107029.

-Love JS, Levine M, Aldy K, Brent J, Krotulski AJ, Logan BK, Vargas-Torres C, Walton SE, Amaducci A, Calello D, Hendrickson R, Hughes A, Kurt A, Judge B, Pizon A, Schwarz E, Shulman J, Wiegan T, Wax P, Manini AF. Opioid overdoses involving xylazine in emergency department patients: A multicenter study. Clin Toxicol. 2023. 61(3): 173-180. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2022.2159427.

-Khetarpal SK, Rengasamy M, Adebiyi O, Hsiung K, Wong S, Shulman J, Pizon A. Risk factors and clinical correlates of pediatric serotonin syndrome in hospitalized suicide attempters. J Pediatr X. 2023. 9: 100086. doi: 10.1016/j.ympdx.2023.100086.

-Rose JJ, Zhang MS, Pan J, Gauthier MC, Pizon AF, Saul MI, Nouraie SM. Heart-Brain 346-7 Score: the development and validation of a simple mortality prediction score for carbon monoxide poisoning utilizing deep learning. Clin Toxicol. 2023. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2023.2226817.

-Levine M, Brent J, Wiegand T, Maguire B, Cohen N, Vaerrier D, Beuhler M, Leikin JB, Ganetsky M, Stellpflug S, Ruha AM, Carey J, Geib AJ, Cao DJ, Kleinschmidt K, Vohra R, Riley BD, Moore P, Schwarz E, Neavyn M, Rusyniak DE, Greene S, Nogar J, Manini A, Wermuth M, Pizon A, Hendrickson RG, Griswold M, Aldy K, Wax P, Spyres MB, Campleman S, Macdonald E, Finkelstein Y, Toxicology Investigators Consortium. Lipid emulsion therapy during management of the critically-ill poisoned patient: a prospective cohort study. Clin Toxciol. 2023; 61(8):584-590. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2023.2248372.

-Pizon AF, Kao L, Wax PM. The voice of medical toxicology: Celebrating 20 years of the Journal of Medical Toxicology. J Med Toxicol. 2024; 20: 79-80. doi: 10.1007/s13181-024-01001-4