UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Varney, Shawn

School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine

Dr. Shawn M. Varney is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. In addition, he is the Medical Director of the South Texas Poison Center and is an Associate Professor of emergency medicine. He joined the UTHSCSA faculty full time in 2014.
Dr. Varney has over 21 years of experience treating emergency patients. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University and then graduated in the top 10% of his medical school class at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, Texas in 2000. Dr. Varney is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force with 25 years of service in the Medical Corps. During his Air Force career, Dr. Varney served in many leadership positions, provided clinical services, and deployed three times, most recently to Afghanistan. He has traveled the world teaching military and civilian providers about trauma and disaster medicine.
Dr. Varney completed an additional two years of specialty training in Medical Toxicology (the study of drugs, poisons, and overdoses). Currently he serves as the Medical Director of the South Texas Poison Center where he leads a staff of 12 experts in poison information. Dr. Varney conducts research studies on antidotes, poisonings, prescription pain medication use, and more. In addition to obtaining over $400K in grant funding for research, Dr. Varney has also published over 35 scientific manuscripts advancing the field of emergency medicine and toxicology. Furthermore, he is actively engaged in teaching and training medical students and residents. In 2009 Dr. Varney and his family returned to San Antonio where he has been clinically active in the emergency department, at the South Texas Poison Center, and in his church and community.

2/2016 - Present Medical Director South Texas Poison Center, San Antonio, TX
8/2014 - Present Associate Professor / Clinical The University of Texas Health Science Center, Emergency Medicine, San Antonio, TX