Iowa Poison Control Center staff are uniquely trained to assess, triage and manage poisoning emergencies. The poison information specialists are nurses and pharmacists who are certified as “Specialists in Poison Information” by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Iowa Poison Control Center Staff includes:

Linda B. Kalin, Executive Director

Linda B. Kalin RN, BS, CSPI
Executive Director

Linda Kalin is the Executive Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical toxicology and poison center activities. Linda began her career as an emergency room nurse and in 1989 became Iowa’s first Certified Specialist in Poison Information.  She was instrumental in the development of the statewide poison control center established in 2000. She is an adjunct faculty member and preceptor for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Drake College of Pharmacy and was awarded Preceptor of the Year by both universities. Linda has held leadership and service positions in many national and local professional organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker on topics involving drugs of abuse and general poison management. Linda has been honored as one of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2012.

Edward Bottei, Medical Director

Edward Bottei, MD, FCCP, FACMT
Medical Director

After graduating with an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Bottei completed medical school, an internal medicine residency and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Chicago. He then completed a clinical toxicology and hyperbaric medicine fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. In 2000, he took a position as a pulmonary and critical care physician at the West Virginia University-Charleston and as the medical director of the West Virginia Poison Center. Since 2002, he has been the medical director of the Iowa Poison Control Center, the state medical toxicologist for the Iowa Department of  Public Health and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, public health and pharmacy at the University of Iowa.


Grant J. Houselog, PharmD, CSPI 
Assistant Director

Grant Houselog is the Assistant Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center. As a native and life-long Iowan, he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2016 and immediately joined the IPCC team as a staff pharmacist. In 2018 he became a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and was promoted to his current position in 2020.

Grant serves as the primary preceptor for pharmacy students from the University of Iowa, Drake University, South Dakota State University, and Creighton University on rotation at IPCC. He lectures annually at the University of Iowa and Drake University Colleges of Pharmacy; for both of which he has appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He also serves on several committees and boards of national, state, and local organizations.


Howard Burns, Associate Medical Director

Howard Burns, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Howard Burns graduated from Temple University Medical School in 1976 after graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1972 with a major in zoology. He began his career in emergency medicine at the John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, and moved to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1979, working for Emergency Medicine Physicians, PC, at McKennan (currently Avera McKennan) Hospital.  He served as the Medical Director of both the ED and the former McKennan Poison Control Center. In the mid 1980's, he obtained board certification in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology and he later became a fellow of both Colleges. He currently is the only board certified medical toxicologist in the state of South Dakota. His present practice includes: full time emergency medicine at Avera St. Lukes Hospital in Aberdeen, SD, working with South Dakota Department of Health in their disaster preparedness program as an expert in chemical and radiation incidents, educator for the Avera St. Luke’s rotorcraft Careflight program, and medical director for the Ellendale Ambulance Service in North Dakota. His toxicology practice includes acting as the Associate Medical Director for the Iowa Poison Control Center, disaster preparedness activities, toxicology specialty consultations and medicolegal work in emergency medicine and toxicology. In his off time he enjoys outdoor sports, archery, hunting and fishing. He is also an avid foosball (table soccer) player and is a past National Champion in the "forward shootout" event.

Tammy Noble, Education & Marketing Manager

Tammy Noble, RN, BSN, CSPI
Education & Marketing Manager

Tammy Noble is the Education Coordinator of the Iowa Poison Control Center (IPCC).  She is a registered nurse with prior ER experience and started with the IPCC in 1990 as a specialist on the Poison Hotline. She transitioned into the role of Education Coordinator in 2000. She frequently teaches poison prevention and education to audiences from preschoolers to senior citizens and also teaches management of the poisoned patient to health care professionals.

The Iowa Poison Control Center is fortunate to have consultants in a variety of specific fields including: plant and mushroom identification, snake identification and snake bite treatment, hyperbaric medicine, radiation, occupational toxins and environmental toxins.