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Kurt C. Kleinschmidt, M.D., FACMT, FASAM is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was the Division Chief for Medical Toxicology from 2004 until 2020. He was also the Toxicology Fellowship Program Director from 2004-2018. He became the Medical Director of the Perinatal Intervention Program at Parkland Health and Hospital System in 2016. As such, he works with Maternal Fetal Medicine in optimizing the care of pregnant women who have substance use disorders. He is also the Service Chief at Parkland for the Integrated Family Planning Opioid Program; a program that optimizes the care of women in-between pregnancies. His areas of interest include drugs of abuse, addiction and withdrawal issues, and snake envenomations. 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.


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
  • Toxicology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Antivenom Treatment Is Associated with Fewer Patients using Opioids after Copperhead Envenomation.
Freiermuth CE, Lavonas EJ, Anderson VE, Kleinschmidt KC, Sharma K, Rapp-Olsson M, Gerardo C, West J Emerg Med 2019 May 20 3 497-505


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

  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards - Program Development Award
    For efforts related to the Parkland Memorial Hospital's Perinatal Intervention Program (2019)
  • 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 Academy Clinical Toxicology (2002)
  • American College of Medical Toxicology (2002)
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (2015)