A network of experts in reproductive and children’s environmental health

PEHSU Grand Rounds Webinar

This webinar is part of an ongoing series of educational presentations by experts on issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health.

Health Impacts of Volcanic Emergencies - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

These presentations focus on the impact of environmental exposures to chemicals on human health at the vulnerable stages of in utero and pediatric development. A number of topics will be included – all of them relevant to questions of exposure and health effects, with consideration of risk reduction. Speakers will include physicians and PhD subject matter experts, as well as individuals with expertise in areas such as home assessment, laboratory analysis, and risk communication.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:
  • List health hazards of volcanic emergencies
  • Discuss toxicological hazards of volcanic emergencies
  • Discuss personal protective measures
  • Discuss patient assessment and management of related toxicological health complaints


Ziad Kazzi, MD
Associate Professor Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology
Emory University
PEHSU Region 4
John Balmes, MD
Core Consultant in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley
PEHSU Region 9
Robert J. Geller, MD 
Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University
Medical Director GA Poison Center
PEHSU Region 4
Fuyuen Y. Yip, PhD, MPH
Section Chief (acting), Environmental Health Tracking Section
Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Health Tracking Branch 
National Center for Environmental Health | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kanta Sircar, MPH, PhD, PMP
CDR, US Public Health Service
Epidemiologist, Asthma and Community Health
Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice
National Center for Environmental Health | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Webinar Recording and Materials  


Continuing Education 

To receive continuing education (CE) for WD2588-052918 - (Web on Demand) PEHSU Grand Round Series -Health Impacts of Volcanic Emergencies - May 29, 2018:
  • Attend complete the activity on the PEHSU National Classroom
  • Please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before July 3, 2020.
  • Search for the activity: WD2588-052918
  • Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/TCEOnline
  • Pass the posttest at 80% here (Posttest consists of a mix of five multiple choice and true/false questions.)
FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.


This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000237 along with the American College of Medical Toxicology and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Speaker/Panel Bios


Ziad Kazzi, MD

Born in 1975 and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Kazzi trained in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta (2000-03) where he served as a chief resident before completing a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Emory University, Georgia Poison Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Kazzi joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) between 2005 and 2008 where he served as a Medical Toxicologist for the Regional Poison Control Center in Birmingham and the Alabama Poison Center. Currently, he is an associate professor at the department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the director of the International Toxicology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Emory University.

He is also the assistant medical director of the Georgia Poison Center and a medical toxicologist at the Radiation Studies Branch of the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC where he participates in emergency preparedness and response activities in radiation.

As an emergency physician and toxicologist, Dr. Kazzi specializes in the recognition, triage, and management of poisonings and holds a deep interest in the areas of Radiation and International Toxicology. Over the past decade, he became involved in clinical toxicology activities globally that range from education to injury prevention and clinical consultation in the MENA region, Georgia and India. He holds an adjunct appointment at the American University of Beirut and directs its Clinical Toxicology services.  He is an active and founding board member of the Middle East North Africa Clinical Toxicology Association and currently serves as its President. He is also a board member of the Medical Toxicology Foundation and the American College of Medical Toxicology in which he chairs the International Committee and the Clerkship Council on Medical Toxicology of the American College of Medical Toxicology.


John Balmes, MD

Dr. Balmes is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Attending Physician in the UCSF Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. At UC Berkeley, he is the Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Dr. Balmes has been studying the effects of occupational and environmental agents on respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic health for over 37 years. Recently, he has focused on the health effects of exposure to outdoor air pollution in the U.S. and household air pollution from domestic cooking with solid fuels in Guatemala and Malawi. He was appointed Physician Member of the California Air Resources Board in 2008.


Robert J. Geller, MD

Dr. Geller has served as the medical director of a poison center for more than 32 years, the last 29+ of which have been as Medical Director of the Georgia Poison Center. He has also been a member of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit since its inception in 2000, and has served as its Director for more than 10 years. His publications include a focus on triage after poisoning and disaster preparedness and mitigation. He is the lead author of the PEHSU/ AAP monograph on Safe Return Home after Environmental Disaster, as well as the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Medical Toxicology, and Clinical Informatics.


Fuyuen Y. Yip, PhD, MPH

CAPT Fuyuen Yip is the Acting Section Chief of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program in the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), CDC. The mission of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is to provide information from a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data that drives actions to the improve health of communities. Prior to this position, she was the lead of the Air Pollution and Asthma Epidemiology Team in the Air Pollution Respiratory Health Branch, NCEH, CDC. She received her MPH from Yale University School of Public Health and PhD in environmental health science, with a focus on air pollution exposures, from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health.


Kanta Sircar, MPH, PhD, PMP

Kanta Sircar is the team lead for the Epidemiology team in the Asthma and Community Health Branch at the National Center for Environmental Health. Her expertise includes air pollution, asthma, wildfire and carbon monoxide epidemiology. She has a PhD in epidemiology.