Texas Forensic Science Commission

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Robert A. Middleberg, Ph.D.

Robert A. Middleberg is currently the Vice President of Quality Assurance, Laboratory Director and a practicing Forensic and Clinical Toxicologist at NMS Labs.  Dr. Middleberg served as a postdoctoral fellow in Forensic Toxicology at NMS Labs after completing his doctoral studies in Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University and Medical College in Philadelphia in 1990.  Prior to receiving his Ph.D., and after earning a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982, he was an analytical forensic chemist for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Bureau of Forensic Sciences.  Dr. Middleberg is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT) and a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in Toxicological Chemistry (DABCC-TC) as well as a member of several scientific societies.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and has served as Toxicology Section Chair for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  From its inception through its completion in 2014, he was the Chair of SWGTOX (the Scientific Working Group in Toxicology), the government-sponsored group charged with producing standards of practice for forensic toxicology in the U.S.  In 2013, Dr. Middleberg was awarded the Rolla N. Harger Award by the Toxicology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for his contributions to the field and profession of forensic toxicology.  He currently is a member of the College of American Pathologists’ Toxicology Resource Committee and sits on the Toxicology subcommittee within the NIST OSAC. 

As a Forensic and Clinical Toxicologist, Dr. Middleberg concentrates on issue-related matters regarding postmortem and human performance toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, and toxicological matters related to patients.  He is especially involved and interested in cases related to postmortem pediatric forensic toxicology and in this regard has overseen and moderated the Special Session on Pediatric Forensic Toxicology for the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences since its inception in 2000.  He also has a special interest in metals and other environmental toxicants as they relate to poisoning.  In his capacity as a toxicologist, Dr. Middleberg has handled thousands of cases involving the analysis of blood and other bodily fluids and tissues for alcohol, drugs and other toxicants related to toxicological matters, including related interpretive aspects for medico-legal purposes.  He is a frequent presenter and author of papers dealing with case studies and specific topics in toxicology.

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