Meet the Team

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Dr. Mark Yarema

Dr. Mark Yarema is the Section Chief for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Medical Director of the Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS). He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a member of the O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary. His research interests include acetaminophen poisoning, pharmacogenomics, drugs of abuse, and toxic alcohols.

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Dr. Scott Lucyk

Dr. Scott Lucyk is the Associate Medical Director at PADIS. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He completed his Medical Toxicology fellowship at the New York City Poison Control Centre and his interests include medical education and resident teaching

Yarema MC, Johnson DW, Sivilotti MLA, Nettel-Aguirre A, DeWitt C, Gosselin S, Murphy N, Victorino C, Bailey B, Dong K, Haney E, Purssell R, Thompson M, Lord JA, Spyker DA, Rumack BH. Predicting Mortality from Acetaminophen Poisoning Shortly After Hospital Admission. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2021;1–12.

Fan M, Yarema MC, Box A, Hume S, Aitchison KJ, Bousman CA. Identification of high-impact gene–drug pairs for pharmacogenetic testing in Alberta, Canada. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 2020.

Liu YS, Lin KY, Masur J, Barby S, Chuang R, Johnson D, Lucyk S, Sivilotti M, Yarema MC. Outcomes after Recurrent Methanol Exposures not treated with Alcohol Dehydrogenase Inhibitors or Hemodialysis. J Emerg Med 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.03.024.

Mutsaers A, Green J, Sivilotti M, Yarema M, Tucker D, Johnson D, Spyker D, Rumack B. Changing nomogram risk zone with serial testing following acute acetaminophen overdose. Clin Toxicol 2019. DOI: 10.1080/15563650.2018.1529320

Yarema MC, Chopra P, Sivilotti MLA, Johnson DW, Nettel-Aguirre A, Victorino C, Bailey B, Gosselin S, Purssell R, Thompson M, Spyker DA, Rumack BH. Anaphylactoid reactions to intravenous N-acetylcysteine during treatment of acute acetaminophen poisoning. J Med Toxicol 2018.14;120-127. DOI 10.1007/s13181-018-0653-9

Freeman LK, Bourque S, Etches N, Goodison K, O’Gorman C, Rittenbach K, Sikora C, Yarema MC. Alberta’s provincial take-home naloxone program: A multi-sectoral and multi-jurisdictional response to overdose. Can J Public Health 2017;108(4):e398–e402. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.108.5989.
 

Yarema MC, Green JP, Sivilotti MLA, Johnson DW, Nettel-Aguirre A, Victorino C, Spyker DA, Rumack BH. Can a serum acetaminophen concentration obtained less than 4 hours post-ingestion determine which patients do not require treatment with acetylcysteine? Clin Toxicol 2017; 55(2):102-108.

Mithani S, Dong K, Wilmott A, Podmoroff H, Lalani N, Rosychuk R, Chuang R, Yarema M. A Cohort Study of Unstable Overdose Patients Treated with Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy. Can J Emerg Med 2016; DOI 10.1017/cem.2016.396.

Lucyk SN, Yarema MC, Sivilotti MLA, Johnson DW, Nettel-Aguirre A, Victorino C, Bailey B, Dart RC, Heard K, Spyker DA, Rumack BH. Outcomes of patients with premature discontinuation of the 21-hour intravenous N-acetylcysteine protocol following acute acetaminophen overdose. J Emerg Med 2016;50(4): 629-637.

Liu YS, Lin KY, Masur J, Barby S, Chuang R, Johnson D, Lucyk S, Sivilotti M, Yarema MC. Outcomes after Recurrent Methanol Exposures not treated with Alcohol Dehydrogenase Inhibitors or Hemodialysis. J Emerg Med 2020;58(6):910-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.03.024.

Lucyk S. Decontamination Principles: Prevention of Dermal, Ophthalmic, and Inhalational Absorption. In: Nelson LS, Howland MA, Lewin N, Smith S, Goldfrank L, Hoffman R, editors. Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies, 11e. New York: McGraw-Hill Education; 2019.

Morrison LK, Kromm J, Gaudet J, Zuege D, Button B, Warshawski F and Lucyk SN. Rescue Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Therapy in Methamphetamine Toxicity. CJEM 2018;20(S2):S14-19. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.356.

Dewaal C, McGillis E, Mink M, Lucyk S. Octreotide for the treatment of intentional insulin aspart overdose in a non-diabetic patient. CJEM. 2018;20(4):643-7.

Lucyk S. Calculated decisions: Acetaminophen Overdose and N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) Dosing. Emerg Med Pract. 2018;20(4 Suppl): S3-S5.

Lucyk S. Concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide Ingestion. In: Dye L, Murphy C, Calello D, Levine M, Skolnik A, editors. Case Studies in Medical Toxicology. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2017.

Lucyk SN, Nelson LS. Toxicosurveillance in the US Opioid Epidemic. Int J Drug Policy. 2017;46:168-71.

Morrison LK, Kromm J, Gaudet J, Zuege D, Button B, Warshawski F and Lucyk SN. Rescue Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Therapy in Methamphetamine Toxicity. CJEM. 2017. Accepted for publication.

Lucyk SN, Nelson LS. Novel Synthetic Opioids: An Opioid Epidemic Within an Opioid Epidemic. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;69(1):91-93.

Lucyk S, Nelson L. Consequences of unsafe prescribing of transdermal fentanyl. CMAJ. 2016;188(9):638-9.

Lucyk SN, Yarema MC, Sivilotti ML, Johnson DW, Nettel-Aguirre A, Victorino C, Bailey B, Dart RC, Heard K, Spyker DA, Rumack BH. Outcomes of Patients With Premature Discontinuation of the 21-h Intravenous N-Acetylcysteine Protocol After Acute Acetaminophen Overdose. J Emerg Med. 2016;50(4):629-37

Lucyk S, Nelson LS. Opioids. In: Brent J, Burkhart K, Dargan P, Hatten B, Megarbane B, Palmer R, editors. Critical Care Toxicology, 2e. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2015.

Lucyk S, Nelson LS. Opioid Receptor Antagonists. In: Brent J, Burkhart K, Dargan P, Hatten B, Megarbane B, Palmer R, editors. Critical Care Toxicology, 2e. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2015.

Dr. Morgan Riggan

Dr. Morgan Riggan

Dr. Morgan Riggan is an emergency physician at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine at Western University. Morgan completed her Medical Toxicology fellowship at New York University while working at the New York City Poison Control Centre. Her toxicology interests include bupropion toxicity and gastric decontamination strategies.

 

Dr. Lisa Thurgur

Dr. Lisa Thurgur

Dr. Lisa Thurgur is an emergency physician at The Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She has a Masters of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Royal College Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Toronto.  She currently is the Program Director of the Ottawa RCPSC Emergency Medicine Program and is a Medical Toxicologist at Poison and Drug Information Service. Academic interests, projects and publications include the areas of education combined with both Emergency Medicine and Toxicology.  

Riggan MA, Perreault G, Wen A, Raco V, Vassallo S, Gerona R, Hoffman RS. Case Report: Analytically Confirmed Severe Albenzadole Overdose Presenting with Alopecia and Pancytopenia. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2019 Nov 4, Principal Author, DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0198.

Morgan A.A. Riggan, David Gummins. Chapter 105 - Hydrocarbons. In: Lewis S. Nelson, Mary Ann Howland, Neal A. Lewin, Silas W. Smith, Lewis R. Goldfranks, Robert S. Hoffman, editor(s). Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies. 11. (United States): McGraw Hill; 2019, Co-Principal Author, DOI: ISBN 978-1-259-85961-8.

Fox LM, Riggan MA, Nelson LS, Biary R. Articles You May Have Missed. J Med Toxicol, 2016 Sep 1; 12 (3): 318-23, Coauthor, DOI: 10.1007/s13181-016-0570-8.

Maniuk, T., Mok, G., Schouela, N., Thurgur, L., Ho, M., Fischer, L., & Syed, S. (2020). Beyond survival: Practical wellness tips during the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic. CJEM, 22(5), 579-583. doi:10.1017/cem.2020.433

Mok G, Schouela N, Thurgur L, Ho M, Hall AK, Caudle J, Rosenberg H, Syed S. Resident learning during a pandemic: Recommendations for training programs. CJEM. 2020 Jun 29:1–5. doi: 10.1017/cem.2020.435. PMCID: PMC7369336.

Mok Garrick, Newton Hailey, Thurgur Lisa, Nemnom Marie-Joe, Stiell, Ian Opioid prescription practices for patients discharged from the emergency department with acute musculoskeletal fractures.  CJEM May 2020

Odorizzi Scott, Cheung Warren J., Sherbino Jonathan, Lee A.C., Thurgur L, Frank Jason R. A Signal Through the Noise: Do Professionalism Concerns Impact the Decision-Making of Competence Committees?  Academic Medicine Vol 95(6) June 2020

Fernando, Shannon M, Cheung, Warren J., Choi, Stephen, Thurgur, Lisa, Frank, Jason R.  Faculty mentorship during residency and professional development among practicing emergency physicians.  CJEM 2018: 20(6) 944-951

Dr. Eric McGillis

Dr. Eric McGillis

Dr. Eric McGillis is the Program Director of the Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology subspecialty and is an emergency physician at Alberta Health Services in the Calgary Zone. He is a Clinical Lecturer in the department of emergency medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine. Eric completed his Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Health Partners Institute in St. Paul Minnesota and at the Minnesota Poison Information System, Minneapolis MN. His interests are mitochondrial toxins, bupropion, and drug safety. 

Dr. Steve Liu

Dr. Steve Liu

Dr. Steve Liu is an emergency physician who works at Foothills Medical Centre and Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. He is a clinical lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine. Steve completed his Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Fellowship in Calgary with PADIS. He is interested in medical education. His research interests include toxic alcohols, plants, and mushrooms.

McCabe DJ, McGillis E, Willenbring BA. Clinical Effects of Intravenous Bupropion Misuse Reported to a Regional Poison Center. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 Mar 24;47:86-89. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.03.061. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33794474

Wong JVS, Olives TD, McGillis ES. A Gorilla Glue Bezoar Results in Gastric Outlet Obstruction and Gastrostomy. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2021 Feb 19:1-3. doi:10.1080/15563650.2021.1888969. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33605817 No abstract available.

McGillis E, Sztanjnkrycer M. Beta-blockers. In: Wolfson B et al., editors. Harwood-Nuss’ Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, 7e. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer; 2020. Publication Accepted.

Olives T, Willhite LA, Lee SC, Evans DK, Jensen A, Regelman HT, McGillis ES. Point-of-Sale Naloxone: Novel Community-based Research to Identify Naloxone Availability. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Aug 24;21(5):1188-1194. doi: 10.5811/westjem.7.2020.47252. PMID: 32970574 Free PCM article.

McGillis ES, Olives TD, Love SA, Cole JB. A Young Man with Accelerated Hyperthermia, Hypercapnia, and Profound Muscle Rigidity after Ingestion of a Weight Loss Agent. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 Mar;17(3):361-366

McGillis E, Baumann T, LeRoy J. Death Associated with Nadolol for Infantile Hemangioma: A Case for Improving Safety. Pediatrics. 2020 Jan;145(1)

McGillis ES, Olives TD, Cole JB. Reply: Matching Minute Ventilation in the Hyper-metabolic State of Dinitrophenol Poisoning. Ann AmThorac Soc. 2020 Sep 2. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202008-1004LE. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32877206 No abstract available.

Dewaal CM, McGillis E, Mink M, Lucyk S. Octreotide for the treatment of intentional insulin aspart overdose in a non-diabetic patient. CJEM. 2018 Jul;20(4):643-647

Liu YS, Lin KY, Masur J, Barby S, Chuang R, Johnson DW, Lucyk SN, Sivilotti MLA, Yarema MC. Outcomes After Recurrent Intentional Methanol Exposures Not Treated With Alcohol Dehydrogenase Inhibitors Or Hemodialysis. J Emerg Med. 2020 Jun;58(6):910-916. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.03.024. Epub 2020 Apr 16. PMID: 32307216.