Robert A. Bassett, DO, FAAEM

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Robert A. Bassett, DO, FAAEM, is Associate Medical Director of the Poison Control Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

DO - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Emergency Medicine - Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN


Medical Toxicology - Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Emergency Medicine – American Board of Emergency Medicine
Medical Toxicology – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Associate Medical Director, Poison Control Center

Departments and Services




Ghaffarian, K., Furin, M., & Bassett, R. (2016). ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in a young female? Consider spontaneous peripartum coronary artery dissection. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2016.08.064

Tocco, D. B., Bassett, R. A., & Fitzgerald, J. (2016). A 5-Year-Old Boy With an Acute Onset of Emesis, and Throat and Chest Pain, After Taking a Drink. Pediatric Emergency Care, 32(6), 419-421. doi:10.1097/pec.0000000000000846


Bassett, R. A. (2015). Finger Pain out of Proportion to Exam: A Case of Occult Hydrofluoric Acid Toxicity. Medicinal Chemistry, 5(3). doi:10.4172/2161-0444.1000257

Boroughf, W., Bassett, R., & Walsh, S. (2015). Articles You Might Have Missed. Journal of Medical Toxicology, 11(2), 274-277. doi:10.1007/s13181-015-0466-z


Bassett RA., Osterhoudt , K. (2014). More on Nicotine Poisoning in an Infant. New England Journal of Medicine , 371(9), 880. PMID: 25162904

Bassett, RA., Osterhoudt, K., & Brabazon, T. (2014). Nicotine Poisoning in an Infant. New England Journal of Medicine, 370(23), 2249-2250. PMID: 24805985


Weaver, C. S., Terrell, K. M., Bassett, R., Swiler, W., Sandford, B., Avery, S., & Perkins, A. J. (2011). ED procedural sedation of elderly patients: Is it safe? The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 29(5), 541-544. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2009.12.017



Dymarsky, A., Bassett, R., Boroughf, W., Ogden, A., & Tecce, M. (2015, August). Not Just In the Wilderness: An Unusual Case of a Puff Adder Bite to the Neck. In CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY  vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 761-761.

Henretig, F., & Bassett, R. (2015, August). Pediatric" Coma Bullae" after Buprenorphine Overdose. In CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY. vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 698-698.




Seupaul, R and Mcdowell, C and Bassett, R, Chapter 41, Urinary Tract Infection, In:  Evidenced-based Emergency Medicine, First edition; Brian Rowe ed., 412-420; Blackwell BMJ Books, Hoboken, NJ; 2008

Posters and Presentations


Bassett RA. Drugs of Abuse, an Update for 2016. Platform presentation.  Pennsylvania ACEP Scientific Assembly.  King of Prussia, PA.  April 2016.


Bassett RA. One Pill Kills That You Need to Know About. Oral presentation.  Pennsylvania ACEP Resident’s Day, Philadelphia, PA.  September 2015.


Bassett RA. Hard to Finger Exposure: A Delayed Presentation of Hydrofluoric Acid. Accepted for Poster Presentation at 13TH CONGRESS - Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, Shenyang, China. September 2014.

Bassett RA. Management of Bleeding Events Associated with Novel Anticoagulants. Past, Present, and Future.  Oral presentation.  City Wide Toxicology Day, Philadelphia, PA.  October 2014.

Invited Lectures


Bassett RA. Two for the Price of One: A Common Poisoning Complicated by Pregnancy. Grand Rounds, Philadelphia Poison Control Center, Philadelphia, PA. February 2014.

Bassett RA. Toxicologic Causes of Cardiovascular Collapse. Advanced Emergency Medicine Conference, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. March 2014.

Bassett RA. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in a case of acute 1,1- Difluoroethane toxicity.  Oral presentation.  North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, New Orleans, LA.  September 2014.

Bassett RA. Crushing medication error: calcium–channel blocker toxicity following administration of a crushed extended–release tablet of nifedipine. Poster presentation at North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, New Orleans, LA.  September 2014.

Bassett RA. Dust–off the ECMO, my patient just inhaled 1, 1– Difluoroethane. Poster presentation at North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology , New Orleans, LA.  September 2014.

Bassett RA. Hypocalcemia Associated with 1,1-Difluoroethane Inhalation. Poster presentation at North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, New Orleans, LA.  September 2014. 

Awards and Honors

2009, Step-Up Award, Indiana University Emergency Medicine Residency, awarded for distinguished performance in residency

2003, A. Hollis Wolf Case Presentation-Finalist, American Academy of Osteopathy – National Convocation

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2016-present, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

2015-present, American College of Medical Toxicology

 - Founding member, Medical Toxicology Clerkship Council

2011-present, American Academy of Emergency Medicine