Faculty & Fellows

Our Faculty

Kavita Badu MD

Kavita Babu, MD

Division Director

Kavita M. Babu, MD, is Director of the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. Her research interests include educational and research strategies for opioid safety and overdose prevention, compassionate care for patients with addiction, and advanced surveillance of emerging drugs of abuse.

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Mark Neavyn, MD

Mark Neavyn, MD

Fellowship Director

Mark J Neavyn, MD, is Associate Director of the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology. This emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist’s current interests include the influence of drug-associated impairment on patient capacity and the ethical treatment of patients after suicide attempt or drug overdose.

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Steven Bird MD

Steven Bird, MD

Emergency Medicine Residency Director

Steve Bird, MD, is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair of Education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Bird’s current research focus is on Intermediate Syndrome — acute muscle weakness that occurs after OP poisoning — and identifying novel therapies to mitigate the tremendous …

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Eric Brush MD

Eric Brush, MD

Director of Clinical Operations, Dep of Emergency Medicine

D. Eric Brush, MD, is Director of Clinical Operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. Dr. Brush’s interests include opioid-induced hyperalgesia, opioid safety and policy, and toxinology.

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Richard Church MD

Richard Church, MD

Emergency Medicine Residency Assistant Director

Richard Church, MD, is Assistant Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency, a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, and a staff toxicologist. His research interests include emerging trends in drugs of abuse.
Dr. Church is an exemplar educator, able to distill complex biochemical pathways in medical toxicology for students, residents, fellows, and senior faculty.

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Jennifer Carey MD

Jennifer Carey, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Jennifer Carey, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and a medical toxicologist. She is also the Co-Director of Integrated Case Exercises (ICE), a case-based course that runs through the first two years of UMass Medical School that aims to integrate threads of knowledge from various parts of the medical student curriculum into interactive case sessions.

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Stephanie Carreiro MD

Stephanie Carreiro, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Stephanie Carreiro, MD, is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. Her current research interests include the utilization of of mobile biosensors and microRNA to evaluate drug toxicity, substance abuse, and addiction.
After completing her fellowship, she joined the Division as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.

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David Liss, MD

David Liss, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dave Liss, MD is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. He joins the University of Massachusetts Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Medical Toxicology as an Assistant Professor after graduating as the inaugural fellow of the Washington University Medical Toxicology Fellowship.

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OUR FELLOWS

Katie Devin-Holcombe MD

Katie Devin-Holcombe, MD

Katie Devin-Holcombe, MD, is an emergency medicine physician and a first-year fellow in Medical Toxicology. The start of her career in the health field was in the classroom, where she taught high school biology to the young’uns, before taking on medical school.

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Jeffrey Ting-Yu LaiMD

Jeffrey Ting-Yu Lai, MD

Jeffrey Lai, MD, is an emergency medicine physician and first-year fellow in medical toxicology. Dr. Lai kicked off his career in exploring harmful substances during his undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, where he conducted basic science research into virulence factors associated with Salmonella.

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Evan Bradley MD, PhD

Evan Bradley MD, PhD

Evan Bradley MD PhD, is an emergency medicine physician and a first -year fellow in Medical Toxicology. His PhD research focused on basic mechanisms of gene regulation in bacterial pathogens.

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Kale Whalen, M

Kale Whalen, MD

Kale Whalen, MD, is an emergency medicine physician and a first-year fellow in Medical Toxicology. His interest in toxicology started as a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he had a stint working with the Poison Control Center in Portland, Maine.

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Adjunct Faculty

Peter Chai, MD, MMS

Peter Chai, MD, MMS

Adjunct Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Peter R Chai, MD, MMS, is an emergency medicine physician and a new addition to our medical toxicology faculty. In his research, he’s all about the intersection of technology and medicine. He’s currently studying ingestible biosensors, which are tiny, edible mechanisms on pills that track whether a patient is taking them as instructed.

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Edward Boyer, MD, PhD

Edward Boyer, MD, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, was the Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology at UMass-Memorial Medical Center from 2002-2016, and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He will soon be transitioning to a new role at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston.

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