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The poison center staff consists of the Director, Medical Director, Community Outreach Coordinator, Program Specialist and eight Registered Nurses (RN). Each call to the poison center is answered by a Specialist in Poison Information who is specially trained in the management of poisoning emergencies. Qualified staff become Certified Specialists in Poison Information. This is the result of extensive work in the area of toxicology and an exam. The WVPC utilizes many different resources for recommendations of patient treatment. Computer data banks as well as a comprehensive toxicological library are on hand for the most up to date information. Specialty consultants are also on call 24 hours a day for expert information on complex cases.




Community Outreach Coordinator

Carissa McBurney
Phone: (304) 347-1379
E-Mail: cmcburney@hsc.wvu.edu
Fax: (304) 347-3908


Phone: (304) 347-1212
Fax:(304) 347-3908


West Virginia Poison Center
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
Charleston Division
3110 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304


Executive/Clinical Director

Elizabeth J. Scharman, PharmD, DABAT, BCPS, FAACT
Professor, WVU School of Pharmacy

Medical Director

Michael Abesamis, MD, ABEM-MT 

Back-Up Medical Directors

Anthony Pizon, MD, ABEM-MT, FACMT   

Michael Lynch, MD, ABEM-MT 

Joshua Shulman, MD, ABEM-MT     

Program Specialist

Debra Kohler, MBA 

Community Outreach Coordinator

Carissa EB McBurney, MPA

Certified Specialist in Poison Information

Sue Acord, RN, BSN, CSPI

Ryan S. Aliff, RN, BSN, CSPI, AHLS

Donna Fink, RN, BSN, CSPI

Richard Gray, RN, BSN, CSPI 

Becky King, RN, MSN, MEd, NCSN, CSPI 

Specialist in Poison Information

Melissa A. Lilly, RN, BSN, SPI 

Janet Pennington, RN, BSN, SPI