Dr. Daniel Rusyniak is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and an adjunct Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology and Neurology at IU School of Medicine. He has focused his career on the study and prevention of complications from drug abuse. His work has been shaped, in part, by growing up in Appalachia, the heart of the opioid epidemic. After graduating from Villanova University, he worked in the drugs-of-abuse division of Roche, designing new methods to detect illicit substances. He received his doctorate in medicine from Wake Forest University and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency and Medical Toxicology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine. In 2001, he joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at IU School of Medicine.
Dr. Rusyniak is the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center and the Division Chief for Medical Toxicology. He has sustained a successful research career with multiple NIH grants addressing amphetamine toxicity, drug-induced hyperthermia, and detection of synthetic drugs of abuse.
He has held numerous leadership roles within IU School of Medicine, including Faculty President. He has also held national leadership positions in the American College of Medical Toxicology and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.