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Alphonse Poklis, PhD

Alphonse Poklis, PhDProfessor of Pathology
Director of Toxicology, Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Phone: 804-828-0272

Licenses & Certifications | Education | Awards | VCU/MCV Appointments | Professional Organizations | Professional Service | Editorial Advisory Boards | Recent Publications

Licenses & Certifications

American Board of Forensic Toxicology, 1997 - Present


Graduate Education
PhD, Forensic Toxicology
University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland 1974

Undergraduate Education
BS, Pharmacy
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Baltimore, Maryland 1969


2005 ABFT Distinguished Service Award, American Board of Forensic Toxicology
1998 Rolla N. Harger Award, American Academy of Forensic Science

Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical Center Appointments

Director of Toxicology, Department of Pathology

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
American Academy of Forensic Science (Fellow) - Chairman, Toxicology Section, 1990
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
American Chemical Society
California Association of Toxicologists
Canadian Society of Forensic Science
International Association of Chemical Testing
International Association of Forensic Toxicologists
International Association for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring & Clinical Toxicology
Society of Forensic Toxicologists - President, 1993

Professional Service

Consultant Member: Toxicology Resource Committee, College of American Pathologists,1983 - 2003
Visiting Faculty: FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, 1987 - Present
Board of Directors: American Board of Forensic Toxicology, 1990 - Present
Board of Directors: American Board of Clinical Chemistry, 1994 - 1999
Consultant Member: Forensic Identity Committee, College of American Pathologists, 1997 - 1999
Board of Directors: National Registry in Certified Chemists, 1999 - Present

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Editorial Advisory Boards

Guest Editor: Society of Forensic Toxicologists Special Issue Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 1997
Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal, 1979 - 1999
American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, 1980-1990
Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1984 -1992
Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 1981 - 1994
Forensic Science International, 1993 - Present
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, 1995 - Present

Acta Clinica Chemica
American Chemical Society
Biomedical Chromatography
Clinical Chemistry
Food & Chemical Toxicology
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography
J. Clinical Laboratory Medicine
J. Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology

Recent Publications

Poklis A, "Postmortem Forensic Toxicology" in Handbook of Forensic Pathology. R.C. Froede, ed. College American Pathologist, Northfield, IL. pp 437-444, 2003.

Poklis, A. “ Forensic Toxicology and the Investigation of Murder by Poison” in Managing Death Investigation. A. Westveer, Jr. ed. US Department of Justice. 243-274, 2003.

Poklis A. , "Analytical/Forensic Toxicology", Chapter 31 in Casarett and Doull's Essentials of Toxicology:, C. D. Klassen, and J. B. Watkins, eds, McGraw Hill , New York, pp. 440-446,2003.

Holstege, C.P., Ferguson, J.D., Wolf, C.E., Baer, A.B. and Poklis, A. Analysis of moonshine for contaminants. J. Toxicol. Clin. Toxicol. 42:597-602,2004.

Wolf, C. and Poklis, A. A rapid HPLC procedure for analysis of analgesic pharmaceutical mixtures for quality assurance and drug diversion testing. J.Anal. Toxicol. 29:711-714,2005

Edinboro, L.E., Backer, R.C. and Poklis, A. Direct analysis of opiates in urine by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry. J. Anal. Toxicol. 29:704-710,2005

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