American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT)

abat logoThe American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT) is a standing committee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), and was created to recognize non-physician clinical toxicologists. ABAT members are recognized as clinical toxicologists demonstrating exceptional knowledge, experience and competence.


The American Board of Applied Toxicology establishes and maintains national standards of excellence for clinical toxicologists through a rigorous credentialing, examination, and re-credentialing process to board certify its diplomates.  These diplomates possess the required knowledge, experience, and competence to provide toxicology expertise to poison centers, inter-professional patient care teams, public health entities, academia, professional associations, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, government, judicial systems and others in need of clinical toxicology services. The ABAT is committed to the continual professional development of these clinical toxicologists* and serves as a resource for clinical toxicology education of health care professionals. The ABAT vigorously advocates for provision of clinical toxicology services by its members.

* For the purposes of this statement, a clinical toxicologist has an earned doctoral degree in a biomedical discipline (other than medicine or veterinary science) or a baccalaureate degree in a health science discipline (such as pharmacy or nursing), in addition to the requisite experience in applied clinical toxicology.

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ABAT History & Who We Are

In 1987, AACT formed The American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT) as a Standing Committee. Because Physicians and Veterinarians each have their own Clinical Toxicology Boards (American Board of Medical Toxicology & American Board of Veterinary Toxicology), AACT wanted to recognize and provide Board Certification for Clinical Toxicologists other than Physicians and Veterinarians. Clinical Toxicologist candidates who complete a Credentialing process and pass the Board examination, are conferred the title Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology (DABAT). These clinicians include Pharmacists, Nurses and PhD scientists who provide consultation and direct patient care. Our Diplomates are also working in public health poisoning prevention, legal consultation, forensic evaluations, operating Poison Control Centers and conducting scientific research in toxicology. Applied Clinical Toxicology is constantly growing in both new venues and advances in existing venues, including Emergency Department care of patients, Intensive Care Unit patient care, environmental issues, governmental policies, legislation, international trade & travel, industry practices, occupational toxicology, venomous animals (toxinology), drug development, warfare toxicology, media consultation and many others.

ABAT Officers

  • President: Mark Winter, PhD, DABAT (2016-2018)
  • President-Elect: Bryan Hayes, Pharm.D., DABAT, FASHP (2016-2018)
  • Past-President: Kristin Engebretsen, Pharm.D., DABAT (2016-2018), in Memoriam 2018
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Howard McKinney Jr. PharmD, DABAT (2017-2019) 

Board of Directors

    • Alfred Aleguas, Pharm.D, DABAT (2015-2018)
    • Salvador Baeza III, Pharm.D, DABAT (2014-2020)
    • Alexander Garrard, Pharm.D., DABAT (2016-2019)
    • Stephanie Hon PharmD, DABAT (2017-2020)
    • Kathy Meier Pharm.D., DABAT (2016-2019)
    • Dawn Sollee Pharm.D., DABAT (2015-2018)

ABAT Standing Committees

  • Examination Committee (Co-Chairs: Mark Winter, Cynthia Morris-Kukoski))
    • Multiple Choice (Chair: Mark Winter)
    • Problem Solving (Co-Chairs: Mark Winter, Cynthia Morris-Kukoski))
    • Exam Task Force (Co-Chairs: Cynthia Morris-Kukoski, Mark Winter))
  • Credentialing Committee (Chair: Salvador Baeza III)
  • Certification Renewal Committee (Chair: Dawn Sollee)
  • Nominating Committee (Co-Chairs: Howard McKinney Jr., Fred Aleguas)
  • Certification Renewal Committee (Chair: Dawn Sollee)
    • Emeritus Subcommittee: Chair: Dawn Sollee
    • Ruddy Rose, Ed Krenzelok, Howard McKinney Jr.
  • Scientific Affairs Committee

    • Co-Chairs: Mark Winter, Fred Aleguas
      • Symposium Subcommittee (Co-Chairs: Fred Aleguas, Howard McKinney Jr.)

      • Education Task Force (Chair: Kathi Meier))

        • Education Modules (Chair: Bryan Hayes)

        • Life Long Learning (Chair: Kathi Meier)

        • LLSA Articles (Chair: Kathi Meier))

        • Study Guide (Chair: Bryan Hayes)

        • ABAT liaison on AACT Board: James Mowry
        • Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Pharmacist Recruitment-Certification (Chair: Bryan Hayes)

        • SPI, Nursing, PhD Recruitment-Certification (Chair: Mark Winter)

        • Residents/Fellows Reception (Co-Chairs: Kathi Meier, Susan Skolly-Danziger)

        • Mentorship (Co-Chairs: Sal Baeza III, Richard Thomas)

      • Website Task Force (Chair: Howard McKinney Jr.)