With this 2021 edition of CMDT, we thank and say goodbye to Kent R. Olson, MD, our long-time contributor of the Poisoning chapter. Since 2019, Kent has coauthored this wonderful resource with Craig Smollin, MD, who will now assume its sole authorship. When Steve McPhee became an editor of CMDT in 1988 for the 1989 edition, Kent was already the chapter author for Poisoning, meaning that he has now joined the handful of CMDT authors who have edited their chapter annually for more than 30 years.
Kent received his BA in chemistry from Boston University in 1974 and his MD from UC San Francisco in 1978. He then completed his postgraduate training at the Mt. Zion Hospital and the San Francisco General Hospital. Kent has been the lead editor for 7 editions of Poisoning & Drug Overdose, also published by McGraw-Hill, last in 2017. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and he has mentored more than 50 postgraduate toxicology fellows, including 14 from countries outside the United States. In 2010, Kent received the Matthew J. Ellenhorn Award from the American College of Medical Toxicology “as an individual who had made extraordinary contributions to the field of medical toxicology.” Kent retired from UC San Francisco in 2017 after serving for more than 30 years as the Medical Director of the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System. He continues to consult in medical toxicology at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Throughout his career, Kent has been committed to preclerkship medical education and he has served on the core faculty of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program at UC Berkeley, where he was the content expert in pharmacology, a master clinician for its clinical skills course, and a small-group tutor for its problem-based medical curriculum.
As his editors, we are genuinely grateful for his always timely and incisive annual update. He has been a true pleasure to work with for more than 30 years. We wish to say to him, “Kent, you will be greatly missed, but know that you have our very best wishes for the years ahead!”