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.


Seifert, S. A., Boyer, L. V., Odegaard, N., Smith, D. R., & Dongoske, K. E. (2000). Arsenic contamination of museum artifacts repatriated to a Native American tribe. JAMA, 283, 2658--2659.
Boyer Hassen, L., Dart, R., Arthur, A., & Hurlbut, K. (1992). Subacute toxicity in a family exposed to elemental mercury vapor, and the use of dimercaptosuccinic acid in their treatment. Vet Hum Toxicol, 34, 353.
Armstrong, E. P., Bakall, M., Skrepnek, G. H., & Boyer, L. V. (2013). Is scorpion antivenom cost-effective as marketed in the United States?. Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology, 76, 394-8.

The purpose of this study was to analyze the cost-effectiveness of scorpion antivenom compared to no antivenom, in the United States, using a decision analysis framework.

Bayona, J. M. (2004). Publishing models and article dates explained. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 84.
Nielsen, V. G., & Boyer, L. V. (2015). Iron and carbon monoxide attenuate degradation of plasmatic coagulation by Crotalus atrox venom.. Blood coagulation \& fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis.