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Division of Medical Toxicology at UPMC

As the only inpatient medical toxicology program in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia, we are capable of providing the highest degree of expertise in treating poisonings and envenomations in the area.

What Is a Medical Toxicologist?

A medical toxicologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of illness from exposure to drugs, chemicals, and biological agents. Medical toxicologists also focus on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of withdrawal conditions and addiction.

The Division of Medical Toxicology at UPMC can deal with the most complex and life-threatening poisonings and envenomations. This includes treating bites or stings of venomous animals.

Poison Treatments and Consult Services

The medical toxicologists at UPMC have special therapeutics, interventions, and specialists available when necessary.  

Our efficient patient admissions system can lead to shorter hospital stays and more rapid referral if needed.

Where We Offer Medical Toxicology Services

Five full-time medical toxicologists make up a special unit at UPMC Presbyterian for patient admissions.

Our medical toxicology unit is:

  • The only one of its kind in the United States.
  • The only recognized Center for Poison Treatment in the region. This means we meet stringent poison treatment center guidelines from the American College of Medical Toxicology.

In addition to UPMC Presbyterian, we offer medical toxicology services at:

For outpatient care, your PCP can refer you to our medical toxicology outpatient clinic.

Contact Us About Medical Toxicology Services

Call UPMC MedCall for consult and referral to the medical toxicology service at 1-800-544-2500 or 412-647-7000.

For urgent needs, contact the Pittsburgh Poison Center

If you or a loved one need help right away, call the Pittsburgh Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 to reach a poison expert.

Staffed 24 hours a day, the center is a free resource for poison information.