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About Us

Mission

Is to produce physicians capable of providing care to any poisoned patient.

This will be accomplished through:

  • Hands on management of poisoned patients at 2 large inner city hospitals, a university hospital, and a large children's hospital which are all regional and statewide tertiary referral centers.
  • Consultations through the Indiana Poison Center on poisoned patients throughout the state of Indiana and surrounding areas.
  • Weekly didactics covering all areas of toxicology
  • Outpatient clinic for occupational/environmental exposures
  • Basic science and clinical research in the field of toxicology
  • Involvement in forensic toxicology cases
  • Clinical education of residents and students rotating on the toxicology service

Goals & Objectives

Medical Toxicology is composed of:

  • Clinical service via in-hospital acute care, outpatient occupational clinic, and medical backup for the Indiana Poison Center
  • Education via an ACGME-accredited Medical Toxicology fellowship and a busy resident rotation
  • Research both clinical and basic science
  • Community service such as Fire Department Hazmat advisory and community disaster planning

Our Division is active in community, resident, student, and medical staff education.  A Medical Toxicology rotation is available to medical students and housestaff. We also support an inpatient clinical toxicology consult service at Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, Indiana University, and Riley Children’s Hospital. The toxicology service was founded by Dr Furbee in April 1992 and currently sees approximately 600 patients a year. Seven board-certified medical toxicologists run the service.  Dr Rusyniak serves as Division leader.

The inpatient toxicology service is unique in the state, and one of only a few in the country. Emergency Medicine residents spend one month on the toxicology service during the R1 year.

Our History

In 1992, the state’s only medical toxicology service opened at Methodist Hospital. Since that time it has extended its service to Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indiana University Hospital, and Riley Children’s Hospital. Today, its staff includes six medical toxicologists, a Pharm D. toxicologist, and Medical Toxicology fellows. The clinical service consults on over 600 patients yearly with a wide variety of conditions including overdoses, occupational exposures, envenomations, adverse drug reactions and other toxicologic problems.

The toxicology department has many collegial relationships with dual faculty appointments in the Indiana University departments of Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pediatrics, and the Schools of Pharmacy at Purdue and Butler Universities. The toxicology service also offers a clinical rotation to residents in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Transitional, Neurology and Family Practice. To date, the toxicology fellowship has graduated 14 toxicology fellows going on to a variety of jobs including community based toxicology practice, academic faculty positions, poison center directorship, research, and military service. As of July 2013 this program is one of 29 certified by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).

1701 N. Senate Blvd, B401 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | (317) 962-5975