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Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center


Board Certifications Emergency Medicine
Medical Toxicology
Addiction Medicine
Fellowship Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Residency Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Research Articles

  1. Moran GJ, Krishnadasan A, Mower WR, et al. Effect of Cephalexin Plus Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole vs Cephalexin Alone on Clinical Cure of Uncomplicated Cellulitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2017 May 23;317(20):2088-2096. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.5653.
  2. Kannan VC, Hodgson N, Lau A, et al. Geolocalization of Influenza Outbreak Within an Acute Care Population: A Layered-Surveillance Approach. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Nov;68(5):618-626. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2016.07.025.
  3. Talan DA, LoVecchio F, Abrahamian FM, et al. A Randomized Trial of Clindamycin Versus Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for Uncomplicated Wound Infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jun 15;62(12):1505-13. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw177.
  4. Talan DA, Mower WR, Krishnadasan A, et al. Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole versus Placebo for Uncomplicated Skin Abscess. N Engl J Med. 2016 Mar 3;374(9):823-32. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1507476.
  5. Crowe C, Bobrow BJ, Vadeboncoeur TF, et al (2015). Measuring and improving cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality inside the emergency department. Resuscitation. Aug;93:8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.04.031.
  6. LoVecchio F and Zoph O (2015). Incidence of electronic cigarette exposures in children skyrockets in Arizona. Am J Emerg Med. Jun;33(6):834-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2015.02.036.
  7. O'Donnell K, Mansbach JM, LoVecchio F, et al (2015). Use of Cough and Cold Medications in Severe Bronchiolitis before and after a Health Advisory Warning against Their Use. J Pediatr. Jul;167(1):196-8.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.03.037.
  8. LoVecchio F and Heise CW (2015). Accidental pediatric ingestions of medical marijuana: a 4-year poison center experience. Am J Emerg Med. Jun;33(6):844-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2015.03.030.
  9. Storrow AB, Nowak RM, Diercks DB, et al (2015). Absolute and relative changes (delta) in troponin I for early diagnosis of myocardial infarction: Results of a prospective multicenter trial. Clin Biochem. Mar;48(4-5):260-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2014.09.012.
  10. Storrow AB, Christenson RH, Nowak RM, et al (2015). Diagnostic performance of cardiac Troponin I for early rule-in and rule-out of acute myocardial infarction: Results of a prospective multicenter trial. Clin Biochem. 2015 Mar;48(4-5):254-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2014.08.018.
  11. Geren KI, LoVecchio F, Knight J, et al (2014). Identification of acute HIV infection using fourth-generation testing in an opt-out emergency department screening program. Ann Emerg Med. Nov;64(5):537-46. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.05.021.
  12. ProCESS Investigators., Yealy DM, Kellum JA, et al (2014). A randomized trial of protocol-based care for early septic shock. N Engl J Med. 2014 May 1;370(18):1683-93. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1401602.
  13. Levine M, Wyler B, LoVecchio F, et al (2014). Risk of intracranial injury after minor head trauma in patients with pre-injury use of clopidogrel. Am J Emerg Med. Jan;32(1):71-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2013.08.063.
  14. Geyer BC, Godwin P, Powell TJ, et al (2013). Patient factors associated with failure to diagnose tuberculosis in the emergency department. J Emerg Med. Nov;45(5):658-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.05.002.
  15. Cohen JP, Ruha AM, Curry SC, et al (2013). Plasma and urine dimercaptopropanesulfonate concentrations after dermal application of transdermal DMPS (TD-DMPS). J Med Toxicol. Mar;9(1):9-15. doi: 10.1007/s13181-012-0272-9.
  16. Alimov V, LoVecchio F, Sinha M, et al (2013). Use of a silver-containing hydrofiber dressing for filling abscess cavity following incision and drainage in the emergency department: a randomized controlled trial. Adv Skin Wound Care. Jan;26(1):20-5. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000425936.94874.9a.
  17. Levine M, LoVecchio F, Ruha AM, et al (2012). Influence of drug use on morbidity and mortality in heatstroke. J Med Toxicol. 2012 Sep;8(3):252-7. doi: 10.1007/s13181-012-0222-6.
  18. Choo EK, Sullivan AF, LoVecchio F, et al (2012). Patient preferences for emergency department-initiated tobacco interventions: a multicenter cross-sectional study of current smokers. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 7:4. doi: 10.1186/1940-0640-7-4.
  19. Austin T, Brooks DE, Welch S, LoVecchio F (2012). A Survey of Primary Care Offices: Triage of Poisoning Calls without a Poison Control Center. Int J Family Med. 2012:417823. doi: 10.1155/2012/417823.
  20. Truitt CA, Brooks DE, Dommer P, LoVecchio F (2012). Outcomes of unintentional beta-blocker or calcium channel blocker overdoses: a retrospective review of poison center data. J Med Toxicol. Jun;8(2):135-9. doi: 10.1007/s13181-011-0209-8.
  21. Roque PJ, Wu TS, Barth L, et al (2012). Optic nerve ultrasound for the detection of elevated intracranial pressure in the hypertensive patient. Am J Emerg Med. Oct;30(8):1357-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2011.09.025.
  22. Roque P, Oliver B, Anderson L, et al (2012). Inpatient utilization of blood cultures drawn in an urban ED. Am J Emerg Med. Jan;30(1):110-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2010.10.022.

Case Reports

  1. Bosak A, LoVecchio F, Levine M (2013). Recurrent seizures and serotonin syndrome following "2C-I" ingestion. J Med Toxicol. Jun;9(2):196-8. doi: 10.1007/s13181-013-0287-x.

Review Articles

  1. Rafique Z, Peacock WF, LoVecchio F, Levy PD (2015). Sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (ZS-9) for the treatment of hyperkalemia. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 16(11):1727-34. doi: 10.1517/14656566.2015.1066334.
  2. LoVecchio F (2014). Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Clin Toxicol (Phila). Jul;52(6):579-83. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2014.917181.
  3. Moran GJ, Abrahamian FM, LoVecchio F, Talan DA (2013). Acute bacterial skin infections: developments since the 2005 Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines. J Emerg Med. Jun;44(6):e397-412. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.11.050.