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Kurt C. Kleinschmidt, M.D., FACMT, DABAM is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is the Division Chief and Program Director for Medical Toxicology. He also works with Parkland Health and Hospital System Maternal Fetal Medicine in optimizing the care of pregnant women who have substance use disorders. His areas of interest include drugs of abuse and addiction and withdrawal issues. He graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1986, completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1990, and finished a clinical fellowship in Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1999. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Addiction Medicine. In 2016, he became the Medical Director of the Perinatal Intervention Program with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; providing addiction care to pregnant patients who have substance use disorders.


Medical School
University of South Florida College of Medicine (1986)
Letterman Army Medical Center (1987), Internal Medicine
Madigan Army Medical Center (1990), Emergency Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1999), Toxicology

Research Interest

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Snakebites


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Analysis of U-47700, a Novel Synthetic Opioid, in Human Urine by LC-MS-MS and LC-QToF.
Fleming SW, Cooley JC, Johnson L, Frazee CC, Domanski K, Kleinschmidt K, Garg U J Anal Toxicol 2017 Apr 41 3 173-180
Childhood Victims of Snakebites: 2000-2013.
Schulte J, Domanski K, Smith EA, Menendez A, Kleinschmidt KC, Roth BA Pediatrics 2016 Nov 138 5
Two cases of intoxication with new synthetic opioid, U-47700.
Domanski K, Kleinschmidt KC, Schulte JM, Fleming S, Frazee C, Menendez A, Tavakoli K Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2016 Jul 1-5
Missed opportunities?: an evaluation of potentially preventable poisoning deaths.
Srisuma S, Cao D, Kleinschmidt K, Heffner AC, Lavonas EJ Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2016 Mar 1-6
Trends in analgesic exposures reported to Texas Poison Centers following increased regulation of hydrocodone.
Haynes A, Kleinschmidt K, Forrester MB, Young A Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2016 Feb 1-7
Comparison of Unintentional Exposures to Codeine and Hydrocodone Reported to Texas Poison Centers.
Day L, Kleinschmidt K, Forrester MB, Feng SY J Emerg Med 2016 Feb
Cluster of Acute Toxicity from Ingestion of Synthetic Cannabinoid-Laced Brownies.
Obafemi AI, Kleinschmidt K, Goto C, Fout D J Med Toxicol 2015 May
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)-Induced Hyponatremia Caused by an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Order Error.
Furmaga J, Wax P, Kleinschmidt K J Med Toxicol 2015 Jan
Electronic Cigarette Exposures Reported to Texas Poison Centers.
Ordonez JE, Kleinschmidt KC, Forrester MB Nicotine Tob. Res. 2014 Oct


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Adult Education Principles.. In Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine, 2nd Ed.

O'Connell, Ellen and Kleinschmidt Kurt (2012). Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Honors & Awards

  • American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) - Education Award
    Award from ACMT for lifetime contributions to the educational pursuits of medical toxicology (2015)
  • Teaching Excellence Award 2015
    UTSW Class of 2017 award for being a top faculty (2015)
  • Teaching Excellence Award
    From Medical School Class of 2009 (2007)
  • Teaching Excellence Award
    From Medical School Class of 2008 (2006)
  • Teaching Excellence Award
    From the Parkland Emergency Medicine Residents 2001/2002 (2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (2015)
  • American Academy Clinical Toxicology (2002)
  • American College of Medical Toxicology (2002)