Edward (Mel) J. Otten, MD

Dr. Otten received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Kenyon College and his Medical Degree at the University of Cincinnati. He followed this with his internship in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital, and then returned to UC for his Emergency Medicine residency training.

Dr. Otten's medical career began shortly after graduating high school. He served three years as a medic in the United States Army, which included a tour of duty in South Vietnam. He retired from the military in 2008 as a Captain, United States Navy.

In addition to being a Professor at the UC Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Otten is also the Division Director of Toxicology. His primary areas of interest include Toxinology (naturally occurring toxins). Dr. Otten is also interested in heat physiology, desert survival, ballistics, ethnobotany, tactical and disaster medicine. He is an inaugural Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Dr. Otten keeps himself busy with a wide variety of teaching, research and clinical activities. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Associate Medical Director for the DPIC. In addition, he is Chief Medical Officer of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (KYI), and a team leader of the Hamilton County SWAT team and USAR team. He is past president of the Wilderness Medical Society, member of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee, medical advisor to NASA, and on the editorial board of several journals.