Dr. Christian Tomaszewski, M.S., M.B.A., (@toxcat) is a fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Toxicology, and works as a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of California in San Diego. He completed an emergency medicine residency at East Carolina University in North Carolina in 1989 followed by a two year fellowship in medical toxicology at Denver General Hospital and the University of Colorado. For 17 years he taught emergency medicine while serving as Medical Director of Hyperbaric Oxygen and Director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, he helped organize and spoke at multiple international emergency medicine conferences including Italy, Argentina, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. He also helped direct several U.S. medical education projects in the Middle East. From 2000 to 2002 he represented Carolinas Medical Center as Deputy Director of Physician Education and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Zayed Military Hospital, Abu Dhabi. From 2006 to 2008, he was Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine Partnership between University Pittsburgh Medical Center and Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar. The goal of that project was to improve the delivery of free emergency care (over 1000 patients seen daily in the main ED) throughout Qatar.
Over the years, Chris has maintained professional involvement in U.S. emergency medicine by serving on the Education Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians for the last 15 years, the last two as chair, and now currently is on the Clinical Policies Committee. He also serves as an oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine and as a writer for the Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine board exam (2013-16). From 2005-11, he was editor-in-chief of the official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology, the Journal of Medical Toxicology. He is currently section editor for ED Administration in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, and section editor for the Tox Box in Critical Decisions.
Most recently, Chris completed the Rady Executive MBA program at UCSD in 2013 and served as medical director of both emergency departments and urgent care at UCSD Health until 2016. At that time, he transitioned to his role as Chief Medical Officer for El Centro Regional Medical Center, which is managed by UCSD Health. In 2012, he was named UCSD Health Sciences Attending Physician of the Year, as well as a San Diego Top Doc by the SD County Medical Society every year from 2012-18. Having originally trained with a master's degree in marine biology, Chris maintains his love of the ocean, both diving and surfing, as a clinical attending in Hyperbaric Medicine. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications, mainly focused on novel treatments for carbon monoxide poisoning and cardiotoxicity from calcium channel and beta blockers.