Our 2000 NCEA Distinguished Graduate
Class of 1964
Dr. Christopher Linstrom

On June 5, 2000, Dr. Christopher Linstrom (class of '64) stood with 27 students, soon to be alumni, at their graduation ceremony. He was presented with the "St. Hugh's Distinguished Graduate Award". This award, established by the National Catholic Education Association, honors the achievements of Catholic elementary school graduates. Dr. Linstrom, now living in New York City, was the keynote speaker for the graduation luncheon held earlier in the day. He spoke of his remembrances of St. Hugh's and then about the importance of faith, family, and always working toward your dreams.

Dr. Linstrom is the Chief of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York City, and is also the Director of Residency Education, the Department of Otolaryngology. He is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. His main interests of research are clinical studies involving the facial nerve and hearing restoration. Currently his projects include, Facial Nerve Function , Cochlear Implants, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids and Chronic Ear Disease.

His medical studies and internship were taken at McGill University, Montreal. While in medical school, he founded and was the president of the McGill Faculty of Medicine Refugee Fund to benefit refugees from Southeast Asia. After a year of general surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center, he trained in Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery at Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He then completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute, Farmington Hills, MI. Dr. Linstrom is a Fellow to the American Board of Otolarynology and the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada).

Dr. Linstrom donates his time and talents to Medicaid patients in the clinic of St. Vincent's Hospital. Aside from medicine, Dr. Linstrom, who graduated from the University of Maryland with BA's with high honors in Philosophy and Music prior to his medical career, completed an opera that was produced and released in the spring of 2000.

Our Other NCEA Distinguished Graduates:
2007 - Timothy O'Brien ('73)
2006 - Mark Markowich
2005 - Laurence "Bucky" Fitzgerald ('71)

2003 - Kathy Labukas ('64)
2002 - Beth Barber Fendlay ('73)
2000 - Dr. Christopher Linstrom ('64)









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