NEWS RELEASE

August 2, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Steven Seifert, M.D., has assumed the position of Medical Director of the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC). Seifert is also a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Prior to coming to New Mexico, Seifert was the medical director of the Nebraska Regional Poison Center from 2001-07 and was a professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. From 1999-01, he was a staff member at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center.

Seifert earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in medical toxicology at the University of Colorado - Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. He is certified in medical toxicology and emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and practiced emergency medicine for over 20 years.

As a published author, Seifert has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and medical textbook chapters. He is a major co-author of Medical Toxicology, Third Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).

Seifert is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Poi-son Control Centers, and of the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The NMPDIC provides help with all types of poisoning situations such as medication errors, product misuses, alcohol misuses and toxic alcohols, animal bites and stings, plants, pet poisonings, pesticides, gasses, chemical spills, hazardous materials, and environmental and occupational exposures. The center also offers a drug information line at the same telephone number from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The center is available to the public and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Those needing "poison help" should call the NMPDIC at 1-800-222-1222. For more information on the NMPDIC, visit the center’s web site athttp://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/poison/.