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Jerrold B. Leikin, M.D.

Biography

Dr. Jerrold B. Leikin is currently the Director of Medical Toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem-OMEGA located at Evanston, Highland Park, Skokie and Glenbrook Hospitals in Illinois and also Associate Director of the Toxicon Consortium based at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago.  In addition, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Pritzker School of Medicine (University of Chicago) and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rush Medical College.

In 1980, Dr. Leikin received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School.  He then completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University (1984) followed by a three year preceptorship/fellowship training in Medical Toxicology at Cook County Hospital and University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

He served as the Associate Director of the Emergency Department at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago from 1998-2001.  During this time Dr. Leikin was also the Medical Director of the Rush Poison Control Center and served as Medical Director of the United States Drug Testing Laboratory from 1991 -1996.  He was the Medical Director of PROSAR (located in St. Paul, MN); a national call center devoted to industrial exposures and product safety issues, up until December, 2013.

Dr. Leikin has presented over 170 abstracts at national meetings (primarily to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology) and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.  He is the co-editor of the Poisoning and Toxicology Handbook (now in its fourth edition), published by CRC Press, and the American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care, published by Random House (New York).  He is also the co-editor with Dr. Robin McFee for the Toxico-terrorism book (McGraw Hill) and the Handbook of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Agent Exposure (CRC Press) both published in 2007.  He was also the co-editor of the American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia, published by Random House in 2003.  Dr. Leikin is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the primary care journal, Disease-a-Month, published by Elsevier.  He is currently on staff at 7 hospitals, 4 medical schools and 3 poison centers.

Areas of Expertise

  1. Clinical Toxicology
  2. Forensic Toxicology
  3. Illicit Drug Use
  4. Drug Impairment and Intoxication
  5. Drug Overdoses
  6. Environmental Exposures

Selected Presentations

  • Kalimullah EA, Leikin JB: “ A Cool Case? – Oral Propylene Glycol Anti-freeze Ingestion” published in Clinical Toxicology vol 47, 2009 presented at the annual NACCT meeting San Antonio, Tx, September, 2009
  • Karaydes H, Leikin JB. “Desvenlafaxine: AER review.” Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Denver, CO, October, 2010. Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 48, no. 6, July 2010
  • Kostic MA, Pan CG, Leikin JB, Gummin DD: “Critical Toxicity in a toddler from valproate reversed with hemodialysis.” Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Denver, CO, October, 2010, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 48, no. 6, July 2010
  • Karydes H, Leikin JB: “Adverse events associated with clevidipine.” Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Denver, CO, October, 2010, Published in Clinical
    Toxicology, Volume 48, no. 6, July 2010
  • Mork T, Killeen C, Patel Neel, Dohnal J, Karydas H, Leikin JB: “Use of daily plasma insulin levels to manage insulin overdose.” Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Denver, CO, October, 2010, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 48, no. 6, July 2010
  • Feldman LA, Hong IS, Burda AM, Leikin JB, Wahl M: “Unintentional misuse of methanol products-incidence and health-care costs.” Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Denver, CO, October, 2010, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 48, no. 6, July 2010
  • Sifuentes H, Parakkal D, Somarriba G, Leikin JB, Ehrenpreis E. Increased Reporting to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) After Metoclopramide Black Box Warning. Published in Gastroenterology, Volume 140 no. 5 May 2011
  • Valento M, Zell-Kanter M, Burda T, Leikin JB. NAC ad nauseum: A case of repetitive potentially toxic acetaminophen ingestions. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Washington DC, September 2011
  • Whitley P, Randall D, Leikin JB. Delayed onset of tacrolimus-associated reversible multifocal leukoencephalopathy (RML) after 15 years: a case report. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Washington DC, September 2011
  • Karydes HC, Whitley PM, Wills BK, Cumpston KL, Leikin JB. Outpatient Clinic Experience of Symptomatic Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hip. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Washington DC, September 2011
  • Sifuentes H, Ehrenpreis E, Leikin JB. The Management of Gastroparesis: Prescribing Patterns of Metoclopramide by Physicians in a Community Setting Before and After the Black Box Warning. Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference October 28-November 2, 2011 Washington DC
  • Leikin JB, Whitely PM, Wills BK, Cumpston KL, Jacobs JJ. Outpatient experience of hip arthroplasty metal ion evaluations. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Las Vegas NV, October 2012, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2012
  • Kanter M, Leikin JB. FDA’s ban on ephedra results in plummeting calls to poison centers. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Las Vegas NV, October 2012, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2012
  • Amusina O, Kanter M, Leikin JB. Dexmedetomidine as an adjunct in patients undergoing treatment for ethanol withdrawal in the critical care setting. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Las Vegas NV, October 2012, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2012
  • Nelson ME, Lank P, Leikin SM, Franklin C, Leikin JB. Baseball’s Deadly Hazard: Brain Cancer. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Las Vegas NV, October 2012, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2012
  • Nelson ME, Tayag EC, MorrellJA, Leikin JB. Intrathecal Insult with Iothalamic Acid. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Las Vegas NV, October 2012, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2012
  • Dissanayake V, Kelly K, Leikin JB. Clonidine for Cuties: The quick fix in neonatal abstinence syndrome. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Las Vegas NV, October 2012, Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2012
  • Hyderi AF, Lank PM, Leikin JB, Patel H. Evaluation of emergency department visits for Coagulapathy, hypoglycemia and bradycardia. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Atlanta, GA. October 2013. Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50, no. 7, August 2013
  • Ehrenpreis JE, Leikin JB, Lank PM, DesLauriers, Armstrong PK. A ten-year review of nutmeg toxicity reports to the Illiniois poison center 2001-2011. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, Atlanta, GA. October 2013. Published in Clinical Toxicology, Volume 50 no.7, August 2013
  • Lim CS, Demeter BL, Leikin JB. Methanol inhalation leading to serious toxicity. Presented to the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, New Orleans LA, October 2014. Published in Clinical Toxicology Volumn 52 no. 7, August 2014
  • Levine M, Finkelstein Y, Rhyee SH, Vearrier DJ, Leikin JB, Beuhler MC. Antidotal Therapy by Intravenous Lipid Emulsion: Observations from the Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) On behalf of the MILO* Presented at the ACMT Annual Research Meeting, Clearwater, FL, March 2015

Selected Articles

  • Leikin, J.B., G.R. Strange, and V.A. Dobiesz. “Arsenic.” Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Just the Facts. Chicago: McGraw-Hill, 2003. 383-385.
  • Leikin, J.B., and G.R. Strange. “Organophosphates and Carbamates.” Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Just the Facts. Chicago: McGraw-Hill, 2003. 423-425.
  • Erickson, T, Leikin, J, Mycyk, M, Wigder, H. “Occupational Drug Testing in the Emergency Department.” Standards of Care in Emergency Medicine (Wigder H, Moffet, J. editors) Aspen Publications, December 2003 Supplement: pages 1-15.
  • Leikin, J.B., and W.A. Watson. “Interpretation of Analytical Results in Forensic Toxicology.” Medical Toxicology, 3rd Edition. Ed. R. Dart. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lippincott William & Wilkins, 2004. 381-386.
  • Leikin, J.B., J. Ahern, and R. McFee. Nuclear Biologcial and Chemical Agent Exposures. On Line Data Base. Hudson, Ohio: Lexi-Comp, Inc. 2004.
  • Wahl, MS, Leikin, JB, Thoman, M. “Poison Control Centers in Pediatric Toxicology” Erickson, TB et al: editor) McGraw Hill, New York, 2004: pages 10-14.
  • Orlowski, JM, Hou, S, Leikin, JB. “Extracorporeal Removal of Toxins in Pediatric Toxicology” (editors Erickson, TB et al) McGraw Hill, New York, 2004: pages 132-143.
  • Leikin, JB, Aks, SE. “Digoxin in Pediatric Toxicology.” (editors Erickson, TB et al) McGraw Hill, New York, 2004: pages 271-276.
  • Clifton, J. Leikin, JB. “Methylene Blue”, Critical Care Toxicology. (editors Brent, J. et al). Elsevier Mosby, 2005: Chapter 155, pages 1581-1587.
  • Leikin, JB, Carlson, A, “Alterations in Consciousness.” Critical Care Toxicology. (editors Brent, J et al.). Elsevier Mosby, 2005: Chapter 19, pages 213 – 224.
  • Cumpson, Kirk L, Erickson, Timothy B., Leikin, Jerrold B. “Poisoning in Pregnancy”. Critical Care Toxicology. (editors Brent, J et al.). Elsevier Mosby, 2005: Chapter 11, pages 123-140.
  • Bryant, Sean M, Leikin, Jerrold B. “Iron”. Critical Care Toxicology. (editors Brent, J et al.). Elsevier Mosby, 2005: Chapter 65, pages 687-693.
  • Bednar Susan, Leikin Jerrold B. “Toxicologic Emergencies” Triage Nursing SECRETS (Editors Robert D. Herr, Polly Gerber Zimmerman, 2006: Chapter 54, pages 459-472.
  • Leikin Jerrold B, McFee Robin B. eds. “Handbook of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Agent Exposures” CRC Press-Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL March 2007
  • Rhee James W, Leikin Jerrold B “Carbon Monoxide Detectors as Preventative Medicine” Carbon Monoxide Poinsoning ( Editor David G. Penny) CRC Press-Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton FL; Chapter 13: pp 305-311, 2007
  • Korley Frederick K, Leikin Jerrold B “ Disturbances Due to Cold” Conn’s Current Therapies 2008 (ed. Rakel RE, Bope ET) Saunders Elsevier Philadelphia, PA: Section 18: pp 1129-1134
  • Leikin Jerrold B, Paloucek Frank B eds. “Poisoning and Toxicology Handbook” 4th ed CRC Press- Taylor Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL 2008
  • McFee Robin B, Leikin Jerrold B. eds. “Toxico-Terrorism: Emergency Response and Clinical Approach to Chemical, Biological and Radiological Agents” McGraw Hill Medical, New York NY 2008
  • Leikin Jerrold B., Leikin Scott M., “Emergency Medical Services (EMS)” Encyclopedia of Health Services Research, Vol 1 (editor Ross M. Mullner) Sage Publishing, 2009, pages 345-377
  • Leikin Jerrold B, Leikin Scott M., “Emergency and Disaster Preparedness” Encyclopedia of Health Services Research, Vol 1 (editor Ross M. Mullner) Sage Publishing, 2009, pages 342-345
  • Leikin, Jerrold B. “Observation Unit Toxicology” The Textbook of Observation Medicine: The Healthcare System’s Tincture of Time, (editor Graff, Louis). PDF book on line at The American College of Emergency Physicians’ website, www.acep.org
  • Leikin Jerrold B. “How to Make the School Classroom a Drug Free Workplace for the Child Worker.” Urban and Rural Schools: Problems, Solutions and Progress, (editor Lynch, Danielle E.) 2011: pages 195-206
  • Slade M, Taber, Leikin JB, McGuire M. “Best practices for the evaluation and treatment of patients with mental and substance use illness in the emergency department” Behavioral Emergencies for the Emergency Physician (editor Zun, Leslie) Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • Leikin Jerrold B, Leikin Scott M, Korley Frederick K, Wang, Ernest “ Disturbances Due to Cold” Conn’s Current Therapies 2013 (ed., Bope ET, Kellerman RD) Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA: Section 22: pp 1123-1125
  • Leikin Jerrold B, Leikin Scott M, Korley Frederick K, Wang, Ernest “ Disturbances Due to Cold” Conn’s Current Therapies 2014 (ed., Bope ET, Kellerman RD) Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA: Section 21: pp 1132-1139
  • Leikin JB. Evaluation of the poisoned patient. In: Wolfson AB. Editor in chief. Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine 6th ed. Wolters Kluwer; 2015. Chapter 295: pp 1315-1323
  • Leikin JB. General management of the poisoned patient. In: Wolfson AB. Editor in chief. Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine 6th ed. Wolters Kluwer; 2015. Chapter 296: pp 1323-1331
  • Leikin SM, Leikin JB. Cardiovascular Drugs. In: Strange and Schafermeyer’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4th ed. (ed. Schafermeyer R, Tenenbein CM, et al) 2015. Chapter 118: pp 650-655
  • Leikin Jerrold B, Leikin Scott M, Korley Frederick K, Wang, Ernest “ Disturbances Due to Cold” Conn’s Current Therapies 2015 (ed., Bope ET, Kellerman RD) Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA: Section 21: pp 1175-1183

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Award, Chicago Medical School, 1980
  • Omnicron Delta Kappa – Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma – Honor Society (Vice-President and President)
  • AMA Physician Recognition Award – 1988-2018
  • Department of Internal Medicine Service and Teaching Award, Rush Medical College -1992
  • Third Place, Scientific Poster Competition, Illinois College of Emergency Physicians – 1997
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School – 1999
  • AHLS Regional Medical Director Award – 2003
  • The President’s Volunteer Service Award – 2005

 

Research Awards

  • Honorable Mention in Annual Evanston Hospital Resident Research Competition for “Use of Fab Fragments of Digoxin-Specific Antibodies in the Therapy of Massive Digoxin Poisoning,” 1984.
  • Finalist in Illinois Chapter ACEP Research Competition for “Effect of Trauma Ordinance on Emergency Department Utilization,” 1988.

Jerrold B. Leikin
Director of Medical Toxicology

Jerrold B. Leikin, MD is a Medical Toxicologist based in Illinois. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Leikin has authored several hundred research studies along with 8 books.

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