Christina VandePol, M.D., a Chester County resident for more than 25 years, is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Christina attended Bryn Mawr College thanks to a full scholarship and a work-study program. After graduating magna cum laude, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. While still in medical school, she gained first-hand experience in death investigation when the Philadelphia Legionnaire’s disease outbreak occurred during her rotation in Autopsy Pathology. Christina also engaged in research on heart disease during her final year of medical school, authoring a paper on ventricular tachycardia, a condition that can lead to sudden death.
During internship and residency training in Denver, Colorado, Christina completed several rotations in Surgical and Anatomic Pathology in addition to completing her training in internal medicine. During this period, Christina worked part-time for several years as an Emergency Room doctor in rural emergency rooms in Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico and as a critical care physician in a large city hospital in Denver. Taking advantage of Colorado’s great outdoors, she also became an enthusiastic skier and member of a Doctors’ Ski Patrol, responding to ski area medical emergencies.
Endocrinology specialty training included laboratory research in bone metabolism, an interest which led to a career in clinical research in international pharmaceutical companies and biotech ventures in Chester County and elsewhere. In 1997, Christina founded EnPharma Consulting, a company that provided physician services for clinical research and development projects.
Since retiring from clinical research, Christina has been an active Chester County volunteer, serving as a member of the Chester County Department of Aging Services’ Advisory Council, and a tutor for adult English learners with the Volunteer English Program of Chester County (VEP). In 2013, Christina was awarded VEP’s first-ever Tutor of the Year award.
Since early 2015, Christina has taught courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology at Delaware County Community College (DCCC). She believes community colleges are a key link between a diverse student population seeking better jobs and the growing economy of Chester County and surrounding areas.
During her 25 years in Chester County, Christina has lived in Tredyffrin Township, Chester Springs, and now West Chester Borough. An avid gardener, her garden focuses on native plants. Her daughter, previously a high school math teacher and now a graduate student in Computer Science and IT at the University of Pennsylvania, attended Valley Forge Elementary and Middle Schools and Westtown School in Chester County.