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Christopher Holstege, MD

Career stories from a toxicologist

In 2004, a mysterious case emerged that puzzled international medical experts. Dr. Christopher “Chris” Holstege was asked to review the case and offer his opinion. His subsequent email with proposed diagnosis led him on an unexpected path with international ramifications. Chris has been integrally engaged with numerous high profile cases associated with criminal poisoning, substance use, and weapons of mass destruction. He will speak briefly on select high profile cases with which he has been engaged and that are known in the public domain or that have been fully adjudicated, the challenges associated with those cases, and the role of multidisciplinary teams to assure the correct diagnosis is made and that justice is brought to the victim(s). He will also speak of the challenges faced by higher education threat assessment teams and the role of the universities in keeping students safe in an ever dangerous and broken world.


Dr. Chris Holstege, a 1988 graduate of Calvin and this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, is a professor within the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he has had broad experience as an educator, researcher, clinician, and administrator. Chris is best known for his expertise in clinical toxicology, a subspecialty in the field of medicine. Chris will share stories from his career as internationally renowned toxicologist and academician.


This lecture is hosted by the public health program seminar in partnership with the Calvin Alumni Association, the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning, and the Calvin School of Health. All students, faculty and staff, CALL members, and guests are welcome.

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Join us in person at the Recital Hall in the Covenant Fine Arts Center (map); parking is also available near the School of Business (Lot 14) and you can walk across the Crossing to the venue. This event will also be broadcast online to watch live or after the presentation; the link will be posted here within a week of the event.

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