10063-Furbee, R. Brent
Faculty

R. Brent Furbee, MD

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Bio

Brent Furbee received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine (1977). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Methodist Hospital in 1981. After several years practicing clinical Emergency Medicine, he completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in 1991 and subsequently returned to Indianapolis where he founded the Medical Toxicology service in 1992 and the Medical Toxicology Fellowship in 1994. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Toxicology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine – Medical Toxicology and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.  He served as the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center from (1988-2015) and Division Chief, Medical Toxicology (2011-2015. He currently serves as a consultant to the Indiana Poison Center and participates in the education of physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, respiratory therapists, and EMS personnel.  Dr. Furbee’s areas of interest include criminal poisoning, forensic toxicology, and drugs of abuse.

Key Publications

   Books edited:

Holstege CP, Neer TM, Saathoff GB, Furbee RB; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; 2010

Non-refereed Publications:

  1. Beckerich MJ, Mowry JB, Furbee RB. The Indiana Poison Center: A valuable resource for Indiana Physicians. Ind Med 1989;82:602-605.
  2. Furbee RB, Mowry JB; Emergency Guide to Household Poisonings: A comprehensive guide to protect your family; Harmony House Medical Inc. Louisville KY 1994

Refereed Publications:

  1. Cordell, WH; Curry, SC; Furbee, RB; Mitchel-Flynn, DH; Veterinary Euthanasia Drugs as Suicide Agents. Annals of Emergency Medicine 1986;15:939-943.
  2. Mowry JB, Furbee RB. Chapter 135. Isoniazid. In: Rippe JM et al, eds. Intensive Care Medicine, 2nd edition. Little, Brown and Company: Boston. 1991:1297-1301.
  3. Mowry JB, Furbee RB. Chapter 135. Isoniazid. In: Rippe JM et al, eds. Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine, 3rd edition. Lippincott - Raven: Philadelphia. 1999:1673-1676.
  4. Mowry JB, Furbee RB. Chapter 135. Isoniazid. In: Rippe JM et al, eds. Intensive Care Medicine, 4th edition. Little, Brown and Company: Boston. 1996:1618-1622.
  5. Mowry JB, Furbee RB. Chapter 139: Isoniazid. In: Rippe JM et al, eds. Intensive Care Medicine, 5th Little, Brown and Company: Boston. 2002 pp 1504-1512
  6. Clark R, Seldon B, Furbee RB; The incidence of wound infection following Crotalid envenomation; J Emerg Med 11:583-586 1993
  7. Mowry JB, Furbee RB, Chyka P; Chapter 59 Poisoning, The Pharmacologic Approach to the Critically Ill Patient, 3rd ed., Chernow; Williams & Wilkens pp 975-1008
  8. Chisholm CD, Furbee RB; Chapter 352 Opioid Poisoning; The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, second edition; Edited by Harwood-Nuss, Linden, Luten, Shephard, and Wolfson; Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia 1996 pp 1382-1386
  9. Witman J, Furbee RB; Quinidine, Procainamide, Disopyramide; Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose (third ed.), Haddad, Winchester and Shannon; WB Saunders Co. Philidelphia 1998 pp1055-1063
  10. Furbee RB; Wermuth ME; Life Threatening Plant Poisonings; Critical Care Clinics of North America 13:4 1997 pp 849-888
  11. Holstege C, Miller MB, Wermuth ME, Furbee RB; Curry, SC; Crotalid snake envenomation; Critical Care Clinics of North America 13:4 pp 889-921
  12. Zittel SR, Wermuth ME, Furbee RB, Miller MB; Neurotoxicology of Alcohol and Substances of Abuse (Chapter 41) in Emergency Neurology Principles and Practice ed. Shah SM and Kelly KM, Cambridge University Press, New York NY 1999
  1. Dribben W, Furbee RB; Opioid Poisoning (Chap 360); The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, Third edition; Edited by Harwood-Nuss, Linden, and Wolfson; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, Philadelphia 2001
  2. Rusyniak D, Furbee RB, Kirk MA; Thallium and arsenic poisoning in a small midwestern town; Ann Emerg Med 2002 39:307-311
  3. Kao LW, Kirk MA, Furbee RB, Mehta NH, Skinner JR, Brizendine EJ, What is the rate of adverse events after oral N-acetylcysteine administered by the intravenous route to patients with suspected acetaminophen poisoning? Annals of Emergency Medicine. 42(6):741-50, 2003
  4. Rusyniak DE; Kao L; Nanagas KA; Kirk MA; Furbee RB; Brizendine EJ; Wilmot PE; Dimercaptosuccinic Acid and Prussian Blue in the Treatment of Acute Thallium Poisoning in Rats, J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 2003; 41(2):137-142
  5. Snyder L, Kao L, Furbee B; Antitubulin Agents: Colchicine, Podophyllum, Vincristine and Vinblastine (Chap 68); Critical Care Toxicology: Diagnosis and Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient; Ed: Brent J, Burkehart K, Donovan JW, Phillips S, Tenenbein M, Wallace K; Mosby, Philadelphia PA. 2005 pp 711-722
  6. Rusyniak D, Furbee B; Antihistamines (Chap 39); Critical Care Toxicology: Diagnosis and Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient; Ed: Brent J, Burkehart K, Donovan JW, Phillips S, Tenenbein M, Wallace K; Mosby, Philadelphia PA. 2005 pp 449-456
  7. Murphy P, Furbee RB; Opioids; Opioid Poisoning (Chap 283); The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, Fourth edition; Edited by Harwood-Nuss, Linden, and Wolfson; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, Philadelphia 2005 1488-1492
  8. Rusyniak DE, Furbee RB, Pascuzzi RM. Historical neurotoxins: what we have learned from toxins of the past about diseases of the present. Neurology Clinics of North America, 2005 May;23(2):337-52.
  9. Kao LW, Furbee RB. Drug-induced QT prolongation. Med Clin North Am, November 2005 89(2):1125-1144
  10. Holstege CP, Mitchell K, Barlotta K, Furbee RB; Toxicity and drug interactions associated with herbal products: Ephedra and St. John’s Wort; Med Clin N Am, November 2005 89(2):1225-1257
  11. O'Connor AD, Kao LW, Furbee RB; Arsine gas poisoning after occupational exposure; Clin Toxicol 2005 43(6):746
  12. Vetter RS, Furbee RB; Caveats in interpreting poison control centre data in spider bite epidemiology studies; Public Health (2006) 120:179-181
  13. Furbee RB, Barlotta KS, Allen MK, Holstege CP; Hepatotoxicity associated with herbal products; Clinics in Laboratory Medicine (2006) 26(1):227-241
  14. Furbee RB, Kao LW, Ibrahim D; Brown recluse spider envenomation; Clin Lab Med 2006 26(1):211-226
  15. Furbee RB, Criminal poisoning: medical murderers; Clin Lab Med 2006 26(1):255-273
  16. Nanagas K, Furbee RB; Quinidine; Quinidine, Procainamide, Disopyramide; Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose (fourth ed.), Chapter 63, Haddad, Winchester and Shannon; WB Saunders Co. Philadelphia, 1009-1019 (2007)
  17. Froberg BA, Ibrahim D, Furbee RB; Plant Poisoning; Emerg Med Clinics of North America May 2007, 25:2 375-433
  18. Mowry JB, Furbee RB; Isoniazid Poisoning; Irwin and Rippe's Intensive Care Medicine (sixth ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia PA (2008)
  1. Furbee B; Manganese, Chapter 29;Clinical Neurotoxicology: Syndromes, Substances, Environments, Saunders Elsevier; (2009) 293-301
  2. Furbee B; Neurotoxic Plants; Chapter 47;Clinical Neurotoxicology: Syndromes, Substances, Environments, Saunders Elsevier; (2009) 523-542
  3. Furbee RB; Neuromuscular blocking agents; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 97-101
  4. Furbee RB, Jou-Fang Deng; Plants and Herbals; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 115-127
  5. Furbee RB; Potassium; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 129-135
  6. Furbee RB; Medical serial killers; Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives; Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury MA; (2010) pp 189-211
  7. Rusyniak DE, Arroyo A, Acciani J, Froberg G, Kao L, Furbee B; Heavy metal poisoning: management of intoxication and antidotes; EXS (2010) 100:365-396
  8. Arroyo A, Furbee B, Opioids; Harwood-Nuss’ Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, Fifth Edition, Chapter 289 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA (2010) pp 1393- 1398
  9. Rusyiak DE, Arroyo A, Acciani J, Froberg B, Kao L, Furbee B; Heavy metal poisoning: management of intoxication and antidotes EXS (2010) 100:365-96,
  10. Furbee RB, Welding and Parkinsonism; Neurologic Clinics: Frontiers in Neurotoxicology, April 2011, 29(3) 624-640
  11. Snow J, Furbee RB; Opioids; Opioid Poisoning (Chap 305); The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, Fifth edition; Edited by Harwood-Nuss, Linden, and Wolfson; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, Philadelphia 2014
  12. Furbee RB; Toxic Plant Ingestions; First Consult, Elsevier Publishing (online) 2014
  13. Snow JW, Furbee RB; Antihistamines, Critical Care Toxicology: Diagnosis and Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient; 2nd edition, Ed: Brent J, Burkehart K et al
  14. Snow JW, Kao L, Furbee B; Antitubulin Agents: Colchicine, Vinca Alkaloids, and Podophyllin; Critical Care Toxicology: Diagnosis and Management of the Critically Poisoned Patient; 2nd edition, Ed: Brent J, Burkehart K, et al.
  15. Poisonous Plants of Virginia: The Socrates Project, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University March 2018 (Photo contributor)
  16. Mowry JB, Furbee RB; Isoniazid Poisoning (Chapter 16); Irwin and Rippe's Intensive Care Medicine (seventh ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia PA December 26, 2017
  17. Wermuth ME, Vohra R, Bowman N, Furbee RB, Rusyniak DE; Cardiac Toxicity from Intentional ingestion of Pong-Pong seeds (Cerbera Odallam), J Emerg Med 2018, Jun 23. PMID:29942374
  18. Virginia Master Naturalist; The Socrates Project | Poisonous Plants in Virginia; Virginia Cooperative Extension; Virginia Tech; Virginian State University
  19. Avera R, Furbee B; Keppra and Newer Anticonvulsants Chapter 314 Harwood Nuss’ Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine Seventh ed. (submitted March 2019)

 Abstracts/Posters:

  1. Furbee RB, Curry SC, Kunkel DB; Ingestion of Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian Baby Woodrose) Seeds; Vet Hum Toxicol 33:4 Aug 1991 p. 370 (Abst)
  2. Christianson G, Furbee B, Mowry J; Large subcutaneous elemental mercury injection; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 37:5 1999 p624
  3. Seifert S, Holstege CP, Furbee RB, Kirk MA; Organ procurement after brodifacoum poisoning; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 36:5 1998 pp463-464
  4. Holstege CP, Kirk MA, Wermuth M, Furbee RB; Wide complex dysrhythmia in calcium channel blocker overdose responsive to sodium bicarbonate therapy; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 36:5 1998 p 509
  5. Dribben W, Furbee B, Kirk M; Brainstem infarction and quadriplegia associated with ethylene glycol ingestion; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 37:5 1999 p657
  6. Rusyniak D, Dribben W, Furbee B, Kirk M; Survival after massive ingestion of acetaminophen presenting as coma and metabolic acidosis; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 38(5) 2000, p569
  7. Rusyniak D, Furbee B, Kirk M; The coffee pot poisonings: A tale of thallium and arsenic poisoning in a group of automotive workers; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 38(5) 2000, pp553-554
  8. Judge BS; Mowry JB; Kao LW; Furbee RB; Kirk MA. Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (Ovine)-Crofab Use for Timber Rattlesnake Induced Thrombocytopenia. Presented at: Indiana ACEP Educational Meeting, Indianapolis, IN; February 12, 2002
  9. O’Connor AD, Kao LW, Furbee RB; Arsine Gas Poisoning after occupational exposure; J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 2005 43(6):746
  10. Ibrahim D, Wolff A, Kao LW, Furbee RB; Chronic mercury inhalation produces acrodynia, tremor and erethism and mimics pheochromocytoma in a 14-year-old; Clin Toxicol 2006 44(5): 719
  11. Ibrahim D, Furbee RB, Kao LW; Massive bupropion overdose with recurrent QRS widening and cardiac arrest; Clin Toxicol 2006 44(5): 653
  12. Ibrahim D, Kao LW, Furbee RB; Credible Brown Recluse spider bite followed by Id reaction and complete recovery; Clin Toxicol 2006 44(5): 645
  13. Arroyo AM, Furbee RB; Iatrogenic ethanol intoxication; Clin Toxicol (2008) 46:607
  14. Snow JW, Furbee RB, Williams K; Profound QT prolongation after attempted suicide with intravenous xylazine hydrochloride; Clin Toxicol 52(7) August 2014
  15. Wermuth M, Mcknight S, Rusyniak D, Furbee B. Two deaths from ingestion of pong-pong tree (Cerbera odollam) seeds. Poster, NACCT; 2016; Boston,

 

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus of Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Education
    1991 NA Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
    1991 NA Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
    1977 MD Indiana University
    1977 MD Indiana University
    1977 MD Indiana University
    1971 BA Indiana University
    1971 BA Indiana University
    1971 BA Indiana University
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Emergency Medicine - Medical Toxicology

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