University of Virginia Division of Medical Toxicology Faculty include: Dr. Christopher Holstege (Director), Dr. Nathan Charlton,  Dr. Andy Baer, Priyanka Vakkalanka, ScM.

Other instructors who contribute to the Fellowship include: Dr. Carol Angle, Dr. Doris Haverstick, Dr. Stephanie Mallow-Corbett, David Easton, Dr. Leonard Vance, Dr. Gregory B. Saathoff. 


ChrisHeadShot.jpgChristopher Holstege, MD, FAACT, FACMT
Chief, University of Virginia Division of Medical Toxicology
Medical Director, Blue Ridge Poison Center

Dr. Holstege is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.  He joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1999.  In 2002, the Center for Clinical Toxicology was formally recognized under his guidance by the Dean of the School of Medicine with the goal of providing timely and comprehensive care for all poisoned patients.  Dr. Holstege received the 2003 Award for Clinical Excellence from the School of Medicine for his work.  He has also received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the emergency medicine residents in both 2001 and 2002.  He was awarded the American College of Emergency Physicians' prestigious National Faculty Teaching Award in 2002.  He was inducted in the School of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators in 2010. He actively participates in the education of students and residents from multiple specialties and fields of health care.  He lectures regionally and nationally.  He has published over 100 articles, chapters, and abstracts in the medical literature, and  is an editor or author of 10 books.  He pursues research (both clinical and laboratory) in a number of areas of toxicology and emergency medicine.  He is actively involved in the realm of criminal poisoning and works closely with the Critical Incident Analysis Group (UVA). Dr. Holstege is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology.


Dr. Nathan Charlton, MD
Associate Medical Director, Blue Ridge Poison Center
Director, Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program
Director, Wilderness Medicine Education Program

Dr. Charlton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and serves as the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Education Program. He has developed an intensive 2 week training course for medical students, involving numerous experts in the region and taking full advantage of the unique placement of the University at the door of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His research interests are in wilderness medicine, where he is currently studying the epidemiology of caving injuries and the etiology of timber rattlesnake envenomation-induced thrombocytopenia. He also serves as Associate Medical Director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center. Dr. Charlton completed his Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the University of Virginia and joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2009.  He received his M.D. from The University of South Florida in Tampa, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at The University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C.  He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology.

BaerA.jpgAndy Baer, MD
Medical Toxicology Faculty

Dr. Baer is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Baer graduated from the University of Virginia Medical Toxicology Fellowship in 2004.  He also holds a full-time emergency medicine position at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.  In 2004, he received the "Consultant of the Year" award from the University of Virginia Department of Emergency Medicine, recognizing his dedication as a consultant in toxicology. Dr. Baer's interest and expertise in medical toxicology pertains to the visual diagnosis of toxicological diseases.  He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology.


VakkalankaPriyanka Vakkalanka, ScM
Department of Medical Toxicology

Priyanka earned undergraduate degrees in both chemistry and sociology from the University of Virginia, and her masters in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Priyanka collects, studies, and analyzes data from the poison center and other sources to identify trends and help us plan courses of action. 



Carol Angle, MD

Dr. Angle, a graduate of Wellesley and of Cornell Medical School, spent most of her professional career at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where she served as chief of pediatric nephrology, director of the pediatric intensive care unit, chair of the department of pediatrics, and director of medical toxicology.  Long term funding from NIH supported her studies on the mechanisms of heavy metal toxicity. She was the founding co-editor of Journal of Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology and editor-in-chief from 1987-2002. She is a fellow and a founder of the American College of Clinical Toxicology.  Dr. Angle is also a founding member and a prior president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.  She was the recipient of the prestigious Matthew Ellenhorn Award in 2002.   A Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Health Science Center since 2000, Dr. Angle continues as a toxicology consultant, reviewer and editor.


HaverstickD.jpgDr. Doris Haverstick, Ph.D

Dr. Haverstick Earned her PhD in Pharmacology from St. Louis University.  She is Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at University of Virginia, directs the Toxicology Laboratory, and is Associate Director of the Clinical Laboratory and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in the University of Virginia Health System.  She serves as an expert, on-call consultant regarding the toxicology laboratory for the medical toxicology fellows.  In that role she provides guidance on aspects of laboratory methodology, pharmacology, and clinical interpretation of tests.  She is the liaison with clinical pathology and co-directs the bimonthly toxicology-clinical pathology combined conference.


DavidEaston.jpgDavid N. Easton, CIH

Mr. Easton recently retired from the Virginia Department of Health where he provided statewide industrial hygiene and biological safety support services for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division.  He previously worked for the University of Virginia as Senior Industrial Hygienist and Biological Safety.  During his 20-year career at UVa, he was instrumental in establishing the industrial hygiene and biosafety programs.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Registered Biosafety Professional, and served as the past Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee. Prior to arriving at UVa, Mr. Easton was Senior Industrial Hygienist for the Agriculture Research Service; the agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that sponsors or directly conducts most of the agricultural research performed in the U.S. Before attending graduate school at Tulane University, he was a Production Microbiologist at a Midwestern veterinary pharmaceutical company.


Stephanie Mallow-Corbett, Pharm.D
Pharmacy Director of Clinical Care Services, University of Virginia

Dr. Mallow Corbett earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Albany college of Pharmacy.  She did her Pharmacy Practice Residency and her Critical Care Residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont.  She completed her post-doctoral critical care pharmacotherapy fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Mallow Corbett now serves as the UVa Pharmacy Director of Clinical Care Service. She has a diverse experience in research, lectures routinely and has numerous publications in the field of pharmacology. 


Leonard Vance photo.jpgLeonard Vance, Ph.D., JD, PE, CIH, CSP, CHMM

Dr. Vance has served as a faculty member in the School of Medicine at MCV/VCU, as Director of Health Standards at the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and as an Assistant Attorney General of Virginia.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.  He is licensed in the Commonwealth as an attorney and as a Professional Engineer.  Dr. Vance is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.  His areas of interest and professional activity include chemical health and safety, asbestos, kepone, lead, and the law and regulation of chemicals.  He has served on numerous federal committees, including federal carcinogen, asbestos, and risk assessment task forces.  In Virginia he has served on various state boards and legislative commissions.  Dr. Vance remains active in the classroom as a professor teaching in the areas of law, ethics, public health, chemistry and industrial hygiene. 



Gregory B. Saathoff M.D.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Public Health Sciences, UVA School of Medicine.

Dr. Saathoff serves as Executive Director of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG). In this capacity, he directs the operation of the group, which operates as a “ThinkNet” that provides multidisciplinary expertise in developing strategies that can prevent or mitigate the effects of critical incidents.  Since 1996, Dr. Saathoff has served as the Conflict Resolution Specialist to the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. In this role, he consults with the Crisis Negotiation Unit and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.  During the Gulf War, Dr. Saathoff was called from reserve duty and deployed as a medical corps psychiatrist overseas, earning the Army Commendation Medal in 1991. Dr. Saathoff retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of Major. He has written The Negotiator’s Guide to Psychotropic Drugs for the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, and was a co-author of the FBI’s threat assessment monograph: The School Shooter. In addition to this, he has published in the areas of the personality disorders, police psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorders, public response to weapons of mass destruction and biologic psychiatry.