Medical Toxicology Program

What is Medical Toxicology?

Medical toxicology is a unique and dynamic specialty that combines components of emergency medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, pediatrics, and public health practice. The American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, and American Board of Preventive Medicine sponsor the specialty of medical toxicology. The American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) formally recognized Medical Toxicology in September of 1992. Medical toxicologists have the expertise to identify and treat chemical-induced disease, environmental and hazardous material exposures, and other toxicological emergencies. Medical toxicology’s scope of practice includes acute poisoning, adverse drug reactions, substance abuse, envenomation, workplace chemical exposure, and mass chemical exposure to industrial chemicals and chemical weapons.

The Medical Toxicology Fellowship...

The fellowship is based at Regions Hospital. This training program is a collaborative effort between HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research/Regions Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and the Hennepin Regional Poison Center (HRPC).

This Program has been accredited by the ACGME since 2005 and received a 5-year accreditation 2008.

The Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program is committed to:
  • Teaching excellent clinical skills through direct experience and following the example of mentors
  • Creating enthusiasm in students, residents, and fellows so that they learn and are motivated to teach others
  • Encourage inquisitive, skeptical and innovative thinking
  • Provide tools to help students, residents, and fellows successfully apply medical toxicology skills to clinical practice, academic medicine and research
  • Instill a commitment to community service

Check out the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Handbook attached below for more details of the fellowship!

The Medical Toxicology Program Fellows:
Becky Gardner, MD, FL-2
Travis Olives, MD, FL-2
Jenna LeRoy, MD, FL-2
Sean Boley, MD, FL-1
Abby Montague, MD, FL-1

Previous Fellows:
JoAn Laes, MD, (Abbott)
Kate Katzung, MD , (Abbott)
Benjamin Orozco, MD 2013 (Gunderson Lutheren)
Heather Ellsworth MD 2012 (St. Lukes Medical Center, Twin Falls, ID)
Jon B. Cole, MD 2011 (Hennepin Regional Poison Center, Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Medicine)
Samuel J. Stellpflug, MD 2010 (Regions Hospital Toxicology/EM)
Michael Kinnan, MD 2008 (Princeton Minnesota Toxicology/EM)
Matthew Morgan, MD 2007 (Regions Hospital EM/Int'l MedTox)

Program Administration:

Program Director: Sam Stellpflug, MD
Associate Program Directors: Andrew Topliff, MD
Assistant Program Director: Jon Cole, MD
Program Coordinator: Kristi Lamb

Residency/Fellowship Opportunities:
In order to be eligible for consideration for admission to the Medical Toxicology Residency/Fellowship program, the candidate needs to have completed an ACGME accredited residency (usually Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics). Applicants must be either a U.S. Citizen or legally authorized to work in the United States.

Foreign Medical Graduates:
Foreign Medical Graduate candidates must be a graduate of an ACGME-approved residency program, or currently certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to apply to the Medical Toxicology Program at Regions Hospital. If you meet those qualifications, and after successfully completing our Program, the graduate/candidate will be allowed to sit for the Board Certification examination in Medical Toxicology through the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).

If you are interested in applying, please contact Kristi Lamb, Program Assistant at (651)254-5298

Fax (651)254-5216 or by email at

Benjamin Orozco,
Aug 27, 2012, 10:15 AM