Regional Directors

The United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico have been divided into regions  to maximize the medical community’s access to the AHLS program. A Regional Director has been appointed for each region. Each Regional Director is board-certified in toxicology through the Medical Toxicology Subboard of the American Boards of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine (ABEM, ABP, and ABPM), the American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT), and/or the American Board of Medical Toxicology (ABMT). In addition, the Regional Director must maintain current AHLS Instructor status.

Typically, when planning a course, the Regional Director is contacted and can serve as the required Course Director, Medical Director and/or Toxicologist for the course. If you are interested in hosting a course, contact the Regional Director for your area, or contact the AHLS International Headquarters.

Region 1 (ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT)

Director of Center for Occupational Health of Glens Falls Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Region 2 (NY, NJ)

Joseph Rella, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

Region 3 (PA, DE, MD, WV, VA, DC)

Stephen W. Borron, MD, MS, FACEP, FACMT
International Toxicology Consultants, LLC
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology,
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso
El Paso, TX

Region 4 (TN, NC, MS, AL, GA, SC, FL)

Brent Morgan, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Chief of Service, Medical Toxicology
Director, Medical Toxicology Residency Program, Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center
Atlanta, GA

Region 5 (MI, WI, IL, IN, OH, KY)

Professor of Medicine
Rush Medical College
Director of Medical Toxicology
NorthShore University HealthSystem- OMEGA
Chicago, IL

Region 6 (OK, AR, TX, LA)

Miguel Fernández, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACMT, FAACT
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology
Director of the South Texas Poison Center
University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Medicine
San Antonio, TX

Region 7 (ND, MN, SD, NB, IA, KS, MO)

Jon B. Cole, MD
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical Director
Hennepin Regional Poison Center and Minnesota Poison Control System
Minneapolis, MN

Region 8 (MT, WY, UT, CO)

Robert Palmer, PhD, DABAT, FAACT
Attending Faculty, Medical Toxicology Service
Rocky Mountain Poison Center & Drug Center
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Toxicology Associates, PLLC
Denver, CO

Region 9 (CA, NV, AZ, NM, AK, HI)

Chair, AHLS Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor of Emergency Medicine
The University of Arizona College of Medicine
Director of Clinical Toxicology
Banner University Medical Center Tucson
Tucson, AZ

Region 10 (WA, OR, ID)

Zane Horowitz, MD, FACMT
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Medical Director, Oregon Poison Center
Portland, OR

Region 11 (Canada)

Roy Purssell, MD, ABEM, FACMT
Medical Director
BC Drug and Poison Information Centre
Vancouver, BC

Region 12 (Australia, NSW)

George Braitberg, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Melbourne
Director of Emergency Medicine
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Region 13 (Europe)

Dr Ir Marc Ruijten, ERT
Toxicologist, Risk Assessor, Public Health Advisor Hazmat
Director, Hazolutions
Gouda, Netherlands

Region 14 (Hong Kong & China)

Jimmy Chan, MD (Jimmy Tak Shing CHAN)
President, Hong Kong Association for Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine
Chief of Service (A&E) Alice Nethersole Hospital
Hong Kong

Region 15 (Puerto Rico)

Andres Britt, MD
Cidra, PR

Region 16 (Mexico)

Andres Lugo Moran, MD, MPH, MS, FACMT
Toxicology Consultant, 
Toxicology Consulting Services
Davenport, FL