Erica L Liebelt, MD
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Erica L. Liebelt MD FACMT FAAP

Brief Biography 

July 2019



Dr. Erica Liebelt is the Executive Director and Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center, a 501c3 independent nonprofit organization.  She is also Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at the Floyd S. Nelson School of Medicine at Washington State University. In her current position, she leads the management and oversight of medical direction including consultation on management of poisoned patients, development of clinical guidelines, clinical education and outreach at the local and state level and a comprehensive quality management and improvement program. In her dual role, she also serves as the leader of the nonprofit organization where she drives strategic planning, fund raising, lobbying activities, data surveillance and reports, and overall operations for the organization. She represents the poison center on several statewide public health committees and emergency response networks.

She came to Seattle from Birmingham Alabama in September 2016 where she spent 13 years as Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Co-Medical Director of the Regional Poison Control Center/Birmingham, and Medical Director of Medication SafetyShe has held previous faculty appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Dr. Liebelt graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with Highest Honors.  Her postgraduate medical education included a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio followed by a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass and a Medical Toxicology and Pharmacology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Poison Control Center in Boston, Mass


Dr. Liebelt has served on several expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the FDA, and the National Institutes of Health.  She finished her term as President of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) in 2010 and currently serves as the President of the Medical Toxicology Foundation. Dr. Liebelt  is the Past Chair of the American Association of Poison Control’s Medical Directors’ Advisory Council and was a member of the Sub-board of Medical Toxicology with the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 9 years. 


Dr. Liebelt has authored 35 book chapters for leading toxicology textbooks and over 45 manuscripts and review articles.  She has lectured both nationally and internationally on various topics in medical toxicology, pediatric emergency medicine and medication safety. Her research and clinical interests include the pharmacogenomics of psychotropic medications, quality of care for poisoned patients, antidepressant poisoning, and pediatric environmental toxicology, specifically lead poisoning.


She volunteers for medical mission work in Ecuador with the Santiago Partnership.