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Dr. Ziad N. Kazzi


Born in 1975 and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Kazzi trained in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta (2000-03) where he served as a chief resident before completing a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Emory University, Georgia Poison Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Kazzi joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) between 2005 and 2008 where he served as a Medical Toxicologist for the Regional Poison Control Center in Birmingham and the Alabama Poison Center. Currently, he is an associate professor at the department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the director of the International Toxicology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Emory University. He is also the assistant medical director of the Georgia Poison Center and a medical toxicologist at the Radiation Studies Branch of the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC where he participates in emergency preparedness and response activities in radiation.
As an emergency physician and toxicologist, Dr. Kazzi specializes in the recognition, triage, and management of poisonings and holds a deep interest in the areas of Radiation and International Toxicology. He co-founded and co-chairs the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology Radiation Interest Group since 2009 and chairs the Abstract Review Committee for the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology. In October 2014, he will start his service as a board member of the American College of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Kazzi has extensively lectured at National and International conferences and developed several curricula and training programs in emergency preparedness and response. He is an active and founding board member of the Middle East North Africa Toxicology Association and currently serves as its treasurer.


  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Toxicology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Emergency Medicine


  • Emory University School of Medicine


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Internship: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine-Emergency Medicine


Opportunity for Collaboration Between Radiation Injury Treatment Network Centers and Medical Toxicology Specialists. Davlantes E, Shartar S, Venero J, Steck A, Langston A, Kazzi ZN. South Med J. 2017 Aug;110(8):497-501. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000677. PMID: 28771645

Medical toxicologists' practice patterns regarding drug-induced QT prolongation in overdose patients: a survey in the United States of America, Europe, and Asia Pacific region. Othong R, Devlin JJ, Kazzi ZN. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2015 May;53(4):204-9. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2015.1013547. Epub 2015 Feb 23. PMID: 25706450

Emergency department management of patients internally contaminated with radioactive material. Kazzi Z, Buzzell J, Bertelli L, Christensen D. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2015 Feb;33(1):179-96. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2014.09.008. Epub 2014 Nov 15. Review. PMID: 2545566

Report of a Bite from a New Species of the Echis Genus--Echis omanensis. Al Hatali BA, Al Mazroui SA, Alreesi AS, Geller RJ, Morgan BW, Kazzi ZN. J Med Toxicol. 2015 Jun;11(2):242-4. doi: 10.1007/s13181-014-0444-x. PMID: 25403810

Radiological emergency preparedness: a survey of nuclear medicine technologists in the United States. Van Dyke ME, McCormick LC, Bolus NE, Pevear J 3rd, Kazzi ZN. J Nucl Med Technol. 2013 Sep;41(3):223-30. doi: 10.2967/jnmt.113.124677. Epub 2013 Aug 1. PMID: 23907559

A fatal case of thallium toxicity: challenges in management. Riyaz R, Pandalai SL, Schwartz M, Kazzi ZN. J Med Toxicol. 2013 Mar;9(1):75-8. doi: 10.1007/s13181-012-0251-1. PMID: 22865288

Exotic venomous snakebite drill. Othong R, Sheikh S, Alruwaili N, Gorodetsky R, Morgan BW, Lock B, Kazzi ZN. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2012 Jul;50(6):490-6. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2012.690882. Epub 2012 May 25. PMID: 22624659

Calcium and zinc DTPA administration for internal contamination with plutonium-238 and americium-241. Kazzi ZN, Heyl A, Ruprecht J. Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2012 Aug;13(10):1957-63. Review. PMID: 22352730

Radiological preparedness-awareness and attitudes: a cross-sectional survey of emergency medicine residents and physicians at three academic institutions in the United States. Sheikh S, McCormick LC, Pevear J, Adoff S, Walter FG, Kazzi ZN. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2012 Jan;50(1):34-8. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2011.637047. Epub 2011 Dec 19. PMID: 22175786