Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD


About the Author

Barbarajean (BJ) Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP, is internationally recognized for her expertise in clinical chemistry and toxicology, has been named a “Top Doctor” in Boston magazine and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Laboratory Medicine Professionals in the World by The Pathologist. She received her Master’s and PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Clinical Pathology at Tufts-New England Medical Center.


Dr. Magnani—former Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA—is currently Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology/Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine; and serves as the Chair of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Toxicology Committee. She is the author of Lily Robinson and the Art of Secret Poisoning (nVision Press) and The Queen of All Poisons (Encircle Publications)—as well as an editor of The Clinical Toxicology Laboratory: Contemporary Practice of Poisoning Evaluation, 2nd edition (AACC Press) and Clinical Toxicology Testing: A Guide for Laboratory Professionals, 2nd edition (CAP Press).

Read more about Dr. Magnani's professional career and view all her published works.

Lily Robinson and the Art of Secret Poisoning (2011)

Lily Robinson – pathologist, toxicologist, scientist, fashionista, assassin. . . Whatever word you choose to describe the intriguing doctor, she will keep you guessing until the end. This collection of short stories takes Lily Robinson around the globe as she complies with her government's directive to covertly rid the world of undesirables who threaten international order – commit murder that mimics natural causes.

The Queen of All Poisons (2019)

Dr. Lily Robinson is a brilliant physician with an encyclopedic knowledge of all toxins and poisons, and a penchant for stilettos. In an unforeseeable twist in her life, the United States government appeals to her patriotism–and her knowledge of how to kill without bloodshed, to rid the world of threats to our nation. Emotionally blunted and flawed, she struggles to move between assassin and healer, yet still able to fulfill her competing objectives. Now asked to assassinate a terrorist threatening New York City, she quickly realizes the Russians have already released a deadly toxin in a surprisingly innocuous medium.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will support See, Test & Treat, a free cancer screening and health education program from the College of American Pathologists Foundation.



Hear Dr. Magnani's inspiration for Lily Robinson and her next career as a novelist (podcast from the College of American Pathologists).

Read how Dr. Magnani deploys her fictional, poison-savvy assassin to educate us on real-life toxicology.

Dr. Magnani describes how pathology and writing mix in the world of Lily Robinson.

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