Steven A. Seifert, MD

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Department of Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


Education Undergraduate: BS with Honors and Distinction-Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1972

Medical School: M.D.-University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1976

Internship: Family Medicine-University of Arizona, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine, Tucson, AZ, 1976-1977

Fellowship: Medical Toxicology-University of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver, CO, 1999


Following my fellowship, I served on the staff of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson, then as the medical director of the Nebraska Regional Poison Center in Omaha for six years. Since July 2007, I have served as Medical Director of the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center. I am certified in Medical Toxicology by the toxicology sub-board of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. My position at UNM is a balanced mix of clinical, academic, educational, and administrative responsibilities.

I have lived and worked in many places throughout the course of my education, training, and practice, but I developed a deep affinity for the Southwest. I love the topography, the mix of cultures and, of course, the weather. I’ve taken up the tenor sax and play jazz in a combo, on a mission to see whether desire and hard work can overcome a lack of talent and skill. My wife, Sandy Mishkin, is a nurse specializing in geropsych care. Our daughter Sara is currently a resident in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins.

Teaching Interests

  • Medical Toxicology

Research Interests

  • Clinical management, epidemiology of poisonings and envenomation

Center/Laboratory/Program Affiliations

  • New Mexico Poison Center