Regional Center For Poison Control & Prevention

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The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention, based at Boston Children's Hospital, provides 24-hour treatment and advice to health care professionals and the public on all types of poisoning.

Our expertise

Our center handles more than 65,000 calls a year, providing information and assistance on a broad range of topics. In addition, we offer seminars on toxicology and poisoning prevention.

Our center at Boston Children's Hospital provides:

  • emergency care and treatment
  • follow-up services
  • educational resources and materials
  • expert consultations for complex poisoning cases
  • patient referral resources
  • assistance with the location of regional antidotes and unusual lab assays.

The center also manages the Harvard Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program. For more information, please visit the Clinician Resources  page.

When to call 1-800-222-1222

Call our department at Boston Children's if your child may have swallowed poisonous material, taken medication incorrectly, ingested household products, been exposed to biologic and chemical substances or suffered a bug bite or sting.

Our staff


Some of our call center staff (left to right)
Front: Adina Sheroff, Iris Sheinhait
Back: Dennis Wigandt, Chris Vitale, Fred Aleguas 

The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention handles more than 65,000 calls a year, providing information and assistance with medication errors, ingestion of household products, bites and stings, and exposure to biologic and chemical substances.

Medical Director: Michele Burns Ewald, MD
Clinical Fellow: Ann-Jeanette Geib, MD

Edward Boyer, MD
Heikki Nikkanen, MD
Steve Salhanick, MD
Robert Wright, MD

Clinical Manager: Alfred Aleguas, Jr., PharmD
Assistant Clinical Manager: Adina Sheroff, RN

Additional Poison Center Staff

Cathy Kalayjian (l)
Krysten Modrzejewski (r)

Certified Specialists
Virginia Fortin, RN
Joel Myers, FNP
Anita Rossiter, RPh
James Rorick, RPh
Howard Wine, RPh
Cathy Kalayjian, RN
Iris Sheinhait, PharmD

Krysten Modrzejewski, PharmD
Christopher Vitale, PharmD

Information Providers (PIP)
Daniel Garber
Dennis Wigandt
Kim Erdner

Operations Manager: Mary Hochstin, MBA
Administrative Associate: Michael Iocco, BS
MA Education Coordinator: Aarthi Iyer, MPH
RI Education Coordinator: Deborah Turner, MS


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