Catherine Hammett-Stabler, PhD, DABCC, FACB
2011 Past President’s Award

Dr. Hammett-StablerDr. Hammett-Stabler is a professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she also serves as the director of the McLendon Clinical Laboratories Core Laboratory. She teaches a variety of students, including clinical laboratory science undergraduates; graduate, dental, and medical students; residents; and fellows. Under her leadership, the Association experienced another successful year, despite difficult economic conditions. The AACC took a prominent role in the Clinical Laboratory Coalition, an alliance of associations that represented the point of view of laboratory professionals during the health-care reform debate that led to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the laboratory community was able to make its voice heard, for example, helping prevent the establishment of a Medicare co-pay that could have significantly increased laboratories’ administrative burden. The Board of Directors re-examined the AACC’s ethical guidelines, and revamped the awards program so that it is now supported by a new dedicated fund that combines corporate contributions for the overall program and avoids any hint of conflict of interest. The AACC continued to expand its presence in the electronic world, increasing its social networking and electronic publishing efforts and adding new online certificate programs related to statistical methods and laboratory information systems. The Association continued to raise its national profile, working with additional health-care organizations in the development of evidence-based guidelines. Internationally, the AACC spearheaded a global conference to increase cross-border cooperation in the standardization of clinical laboratory testing.

2006 Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education

Dr. Hammett-Stabler is director of the clinical toxicology, clinical pharmacology, and pediatric metabolism laboratories and associate director of the core laboratory of the McLendon Clinical Laboratories at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. As an associate professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina, her responsibilities focus on service and education.

She teaches a variety of UNC students, including undergraduates in the clinical laboratory science program, second-year medical and dental students, graduate students, residents, and fellows. She often presents programs and lectures covering a range of laboratory topics to other health-care providers, including clinicians, nurses, and clinical laboratory scientists.

She is co-director of the University of North Carolina Hospital’s postdoctoral training program in clinical chemistry. An AACC member since 1982, Dr. Hammett-Stabler has served on a number of committees, including the 2000 and 2003 Annual Meeting Organizing Committees.

She chaired the editorial board of Clinical Chemistry News. She is past-chair of the TDM and Toxicology Division, where she has held many other positions as well. Dr. Hammett-Stabler serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and the National Registry of Certified Chemists. She is a member of several editorial boards, including Clinica Chimica Acta and Therapeutics and Toxins, and is an associate editor of Clinical Biochemistry.

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