If you have any questions or concerns about a poison case, or toxicology issue our staff is available 24 hours 7 days at week:

The staff of the Upstate New York Poison Center consists of:

  • Medical and Clinical Toxicologist
  • Poison Information Specialists
  • Public Education Professionals
  • Administrative support personnel


Clinical and Medical Toxicologist Consultants

Poison Information Specialists

  • Deborah Anguish RN CSPI
  • Donna Benjamin RN SPI
  • Cindy Bichler RN CSPI
  • Ellen Bortz RN CSPI
  • Michelle Carnicelli RN CSPI
  • Luanne Dockstader, Pharm BS CSPI
  • Michelle Dougherty RN CSPI
  • Brenda Giardino RN CSPI
  • Kathy Groff RN CSPI
  • Mary Halsey-Claps RN CSPI
  • Margaret Mahar-Purcell RN CSPI
  • Sue McFarland RN CSPI
  • Laurie McGraw RN CSPI
  • Christine Pikor-Guinther RN CSPI
  • Janette Zhu RN SPI

* CSPI Certified Specialist in Poison Information

Public Education

  • Gail Banach MS, MSEd, BA, Director of Public Education & Communications
  • Lee Livermore BAA, Public Education Coordinator
  • Mary Beth Dreyer MS,Ed (Western New York), Public Health Educator

Administrative Support

  • Darlene Marko, Administrative Assistant

Richard M Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Richard M Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Appointed 07/01/74
Women's Health Network
1st Fl 550 East Genesee Street
550 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Pediatrics: Emergency Medicine


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Bellevue Hospital Center, NYC, 1990, Toxicology
  • Residency: University Hospital, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1979
  • MD: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1976

Clinical Interests

  • Medical Director, CNY Poison Control Center

Specialties & Certification

  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Medical Emergencies


  • Adults and Children


  • Emergency Services


  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital


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