Leslie V Boyer
Medical Director, Viper Institute
Primary Department
Department Affiliations
(520) 626-7669
Research Interest
Leslie Boyer, MD, is recognized as the leading authority on clinical study of scorpion stings, and for her studies of the interaction of snake venom, antivenom and the coagulation of blood.Dr. Boyer is medical director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in the College of Pharmacy and founding director of the VIPER Institute in the College of Medicine at the UA. She joined the UA pediatric faculty in 1991 and has additional appointments in pharmacology and pathology in the College of Medicine and an administrative appointment in Pharmacy.Dr. Boyer conducts clinical studies of envenomation and is carrying out Phase II and III clinical trials of antivenoms for the treatment of scorpion stings and snake bites. Her work has been presented on The Discovery Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic and National Public Radio.


Boyer, L. V., Theodorou, A. A., Berg, R. A., Mallie, J., Ch{\'a}vez-M{\'e}ndez, A., Garc{\'\i}a-Ubbelohde, W., Hardiman, S., & Alag{\'o}n, A. (2009). Antivenom for critically ill children with neurotoxicity from scorpion stings. New England Journal of Medicine, 360, 2090--2098.
Boyer, L., Heubner, K., McNally, J., & Buchanan, J. (2001). Death from Centruroides scorpion sting allergy. J. Toxicol. Clin. Toxicol, 39, 561--562.
Boyer, L. (2013). Editorial: scorpion venom and antivenom. Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology, 76, 327.
Valdez-Cruz, N. A., D{\'a}vila, S., Licea, A., Corona, M., Zamudio, F. Z., Garc{\'\i}a-Valdes, J., Boyer, L., & Possani, L. D. (2004). Biochemical, genetic and physiological characterization of venom components from two species of scorpions: Centruroides exilicauda Wood and Centruroides sculpturatus Ewing. Biochimie, 86, 387--396.
Arreola, P., Fowler, C., Schaller, K., Weaver, Z., Neumann, C., & Boyer, L. (1996). Lead-tainted crayons from China. Part 1: Secondary prevention in Arizona. Journal of Environmental Health, 58.