Dazhe Cao, M.D.

Dazhe Cao, M.D.

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Toxicology


Dazhe (James) Cao, M.D., is an Associate Professor and Division Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

Dr. Cao earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and received advanced training in medical toxicology through a fellowship at Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety. 

Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in emergency medicine and medical toxicology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015. 

Dr. Cao is the Medical Director of Toxicology for the Parkland Health & Hospital System.

In addition, he is a member of the American College of Medical Toxicology, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association.

Dr. Cao has delivered numerous national and regional invited lectures, contributed to the eleventh edition of the textbook Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies, and published several academic articles.

Education & Training
  • Residency - Carolinas Medical Center (2010-2013), Emergency Medicine
  • Fellowship - Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (2013-2015), Toxicology
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (2006-2010)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Emergency Medicine Resident's Association (EMRA) (2008)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) (2008)
  • American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) (2012)
  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) (2013)
Honors & Awards
  • Resident Research Award 2013-2013, Best senior resident research project
Books & Publications
  • Toxic Alcohols
  • Laboratory Interference
  • Cannabis
  • Adsorbents
  • E-cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

Clinical Focus

  • Medical Toxicology

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