Toby L Litovitz


Executive & Medical Director, National Capital Poison Center; Professor, Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine
General profile


Dr. Litovitz, a medical toxicologist and emergency physician, founded the National Capital Poison Center in 1980 and has served as its Executive and Medical Director since that time. She also served as Executive Director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1994 to February 2004 and coordinated the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System (now called the National Poison Data System), the nation’s only poisoning surveillance database, from 1984 through 2005. She is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University (faculty since 1979) and a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University (since 1994). She has authored more than a hundred publications in clinical toxicology, with a focus on hazard detection and surveillance.


  • MD (1976) Washington Univesity, St. Louis, MO,
  • BA (1974) Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Chemistry