Below is a note from Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer. As of August 25, Dr. Christopher Holstege will serve as Interim Executive Director on a part-time basis. He will serve in this role until August 24, 2014. Dr. Holstege will continue to work with emergency medicine and toxicology, however, at a reduced clinical load for the duration of this appointment. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Holstege on this notable honor and thank him for his willingness to assist UVA in filling this urgent need. I have spoken with Chris, and he is very excited to have this opportunity.
Robert O’Connor, M.D., MPH
From Patricia Lumpkin:
I am writing to bring you up to date on plans regarding the Executive Director’s position in Student Health. I conveyed this news to Student Health earlier today.
To provide leadership once Dr. Jim Turner steps down in August to pursue research, I have decided to name an interim director, with plans to begin the search for a permanent Executive Director in spring 2014. As of August 25, Dr. Christopher Holstege will serve as Interim Executive Director on a part-time basis. He will serve in this role until August 24, 2014, retaining his faculty rank as Associate Professor with tenure in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. As Interim Executive Director, Chris will be responsible for overseeing the department’s clinical services and educational programs, including CAPS, General Medicine, Gynecology, Health Promotion and the Student Disability Access Center. Beginning in July, Chris will become a familiar face in Student Health as he begins to learn about operations and practices, and also to review the administrative and organizational structure needed to support and manage the department through the 2013-3014 academic year. This review will include the establishment of an Interim Assistant Executive Director position.
Chris is well-known in the U.Va. community, providing leadership within the Faculty Senate and recently assuming the role of Chair. He joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1999, having previously served in clinical, staff, and faculty positions in Michigan, Indiana, and in the VCU Health System in Richmond. He is well-known nationally and internationally for his expertise in toxicology and serves as Chief of the U.Va. Division of Medical Toxicology, which includes the Blue Ridge Poison Center and other components. His extensive C.V. reflects his many accomplishments, among them the publication of more than 100 articles, chapters, and abstracts in the medical literature; the editorship or authorship of 10 books; research (both clinical and laboratory) in a number of areas of toxicology and emergency medicine; and the receipt of several major awards. In 2002, he was awarded the American College of Emergency Physicians’ prestigious National Faculty Teaching Award. In 2010, he was inducted into the School of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators.
Chris earned his medical degree from Wayne State School of Medicine in Detroit. As an undergraduate, he studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and wife, Angela, have five sons and a daughter, whose ages range from middle school through college.