Medical Toxicology is a unique and complex specialty. Few Virginia physicians are certified as Medical Toxicologists by the American Board of Medical Specialists; the University of Virginia Health System is home to 6 of them.

Medical toxicologists have the expertise to identify and treat conditions including:

  • Acute and chronic toxicity
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Envenomations
  • Workplace or environmental chemical exposures
  • Criminal poisoning


The Division of Medical Toxicology at the University of Virginia is comprised of 4 components, listed below:

The Blue Ridge Poison Center, where specially trained nurses and doctors are available by phone 24-hours every day of the year to offer free, confidential information and advice on poisoning for the general public and for healthcare professionals in all settings.

The Center for Clinical Toxicology provides 24-hour physician consult services for patients with complex toxicological problems. The center works closely with local, state, and federal agencies, including HAZMAT teams, emergency medical service providers, hospitals, and public health departments to perform disease surveillance and to protect the public.

The Division’s Medical Toxicology Education is comprised of one of the only two Medical Toxicology fellowship programs in Virginia; rotation service for fellows, residents (medicine, pharmacy), and students (medical, nursing, pharmacy); professional education lectures, grand rounds; first responder educational programs, and a free monthly newsletter: ToxTalks.

The Division’s Medical Toxicology Research arm of the operation performs a broad range of research including clinical, epidemiological, and basic science research.