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IMG_2995_IU_Web_1.jpgBrent Furbee, MD
Professor Emeritus Medical Toxicology

Office Location & Contact
IU Health Methodist B408
1701 N. Senate Blvd., Indianapolis, 46202

Phone: (317) 962-2332


Indiana Unviersity School of Medicine
Fellowship, Medical Toxicology, 1991
Residency, Emergency Medicine, 1980
MD, Class of 1977

About me

Dr. Furbee completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Methodist Hospital in 1981. After several years practicing clinical Emergency Medicine, he completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in 1991 and subsequently returned to Indianapolis to found the Medical Toxicology program in 1992. He served as the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center from 1988-2015 and continues as a faculty member of the Medical Toxicology Division. He has been board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Furbeeā€™s areas of interest include adverse effects of pharmaceutical agents, forensic toxicology, botanical toxins and arthropod envenomations. He has published several articles and textbook chapters in these areas. Dr. Furbee is Professor Emeritus of Medical Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Recent Publications


Welding and parkinsonism.
Furbee B
Neurol Clin
. 2011 Aug;29(3):623-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2011.05.007. Review.

Heavy metal poisoning: management of intoxication and antidotes.
Rusyniak DE, Arroyo A, Acciani J, Froberg B, Kao L, Furbee B.
. 2010;100:365-96. Review.

Iatrogenic ethanol intoxication from splenic cyst sclerosis.
Plasencia AA, Furbee B, Mowry JB.
J Vasc Interv Radiol
. 2010 Jan;21(1):160-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2009.09.010. Epub 2009 Nov 18. No abstract available.

Plant poisoning.
Froberg B, Ibrahim D, Furbee RB.
Emerg Med Clin North Am
. 2007 May;25(2):375-433; abstract ix. Review.

Criminal poisoning: medical murderers.
Furbee RB.
Clin Lab Med
. 2006 Mar;26(1):255-73, x. Review.

Hepatotoxicity associated with herbal products.
Furbee RB
, Barlotta KS, Allen MK, Holstege CP.
Clin Lab Med
. 2006 Mar;26(1):227-41, x. Review.

Brown recluse spider envenomation.
Furbee RB
, Kao LW, Ibrahim D.
Clin Lab Med
. 2006 Mar;26(1):211-26, ix-x. Review.

Caveats in interpreting poison control centre data in spider bite epidemiology studies.
Vetter RS, Furbee RB.
Public Health
. 2006 Feb;120(2):179-81. Epub 2005 Oct 28. No abstract available.

Book Chapters

Snow J, Furbee RB; Opioids; Opioid Poisoning (Chap 305); The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, Fifth edition; Edited by Harwood-Nuss, Linden, and Wolfson; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, Philadelphia 2014

Furbee RB; Potassium; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 129-135

Medical serial killers.
Furbee RB; Medical serial killers; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 189-211

Neuromuscular blocking agents.
Furbee RB; Neuromuscular blocking agents; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 97-101

 Neurotoxic plants.
Furbee B; Neurotoxic Plants; Chapter 47; Clinical Neurotoxicology: Syndromes, Substances, Environments, Saunders Elsevier; (2009) 523-542

Furbee B; Manganese, Chapter 29; Clinical Neurotoxicology: Syndromes, Substances, Environments, Saunders Elsevier; (2009) 293-301

Quinidine, procainamide, disopyramide.
Nanagas K, Furbee RB; Quinidine; Procainamide, Disopyramide; Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose (fourth ed.), Chapter 63, Haddad, Winchester and Shannon; WB Saunders Co. Philadelphia, (2007) 1009-1019

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