Louise W. Kao

Louise W. Kao, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine


Louise grew up in Naperville, a western suburb of Chicago.  The Emergency Medicine bug first bit while she was in college at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  As a first aid worker for intramural sports, she looked forward to assisting injured players with the limited contents of a basic first aid kid and ice.  While in medical school at Rush Medical College (1993-7), she co-founded an Emergency Medicine interest group - whose success was substantially assisted by the popularity of the TV show "ER".  While at Rush, Louise also worked in the Illinois Poison Center as a Poison Information Specialist and discovered that she also enjoyed toxicology as a discipline.

Louise made the long trek to the Hoosier state for Emergency Medicine residency and then Medical Toxicology training at Methodist/IUSOM.  She joined the Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology faculty in 2002 and currently serves as the Fellowship director for the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at IUSOM as well as the director of the resident/medical student toxicology rotation.  She has published several articles in the Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology literature and is a contributing author for Rosen's Emergency Medicine, Cecil’s Medicine, and Critical Care Toxicology.  She also currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the Education Committee Chair for the American College of Medical Toxicology.  She has presented nationally and coordinated multiple national toxicology conferences. When not at work, Louise enjoys reading, gardening, biking, and spending time with friends and family.


(317) 962-2335 

Emergency Medicine
Methodist AG 373 EMER
Indianapolis, IN


Titles & Appointments

  • Fellowship Director, Toxicology