Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2014
Offering interviews to inspire and equip you in God’s service. We begin with John Patrick, MD on how to reach the young with Apologetics. Then Jason Dykstra, MD shares about his family’s unusual approach to funding mission opportunities and giving. Eric Edwards, MD tells the story of creating a new auto injector for Epinefrin.
Meet Our Guests
John Patrick, MD
John Patrick, MD, retired from the University of Ottawa in June 2002. He had been Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Pediatrics for 20 years. Dr. Patrick’s medical training occurred in London, England. He has done extensive research into the treatment of childhood nutritional deficiency and related diseases, holding appointments in Britain, the West Indies and Canada. He has worked in Central Africa assisting in the development of training programs that deal with childhood protein-energy malnutrition. He now lectures throughout the world working for CMDA and the Christian Medical and Dental Society in Canada. He speaks to Christian and secular groups and is able to communicate effectively on moral issues in medicine and culture, as well as the integration of faith and science.
Eric S. Edwards, MD
Eric S. Edwards, MD, is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at kaléo, a pharmaceutical company in Richmond, Virginia developing novel medicines for the treatment of a variety of chronic and acute-care diseases. The company’s first product, a new epinephrine auto-injector, has been developed for the treatment of life-threatening allergic emergencies. For more information, visit www.auvi-q.com. The novel drug/ device combination platforms that Dr. Edwards and his identical twin brother engineer Evan invented are being incorporated into the development of several additional life-saving or life-enhancing medicines at kaléo. Dr. Edwards is named on more than 130 issued and pending patents and is a published author in many scientific publications. He obtained his BS in biology, PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and MD degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Edwards currently resides in the Richmond area with his wife Autum and their three children, and he has been blessed to be active in Richmond’s CMDA chapter for the last 10 years.
Jason Dykstra, MD
Jason Dykstra, MD, earned degrees from Calvin College (BS) and the University of Michigan (MD). He enjoys practicing diagnostic radiology in Holland, Michigan and has long volunteered with local mentoring programs for high school and college students. Jason and his wife have two children through adoption and are blessed to participate in the trans-racial adoption community and in their advocacy for those exploring adoption, experiencing infertility and undergoing financial difficulty. Speaking to college students, graduate students and residents about the fulfillment and joy of experiencing a biblical mindset of financial stewardship is a particular passion of Jason’s. All proceeds from his book Healing Hereafter—a thorough biblical exploration to make sense of numerous difficult faith questions—are donated to four well-respected charities working to “heal the hereafters” of those in need. For more information, visit www.jasondykstrawrites.com.