American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Mario Plebani, MD
2008 Award for Outstanding Clinical Laboratory Contributions to Improving Patient Safety

Mario PlebaniDr. Plebani is full professor of clinical chemistry and clinical molecular biology at the University of Padova School of Medicine, chief of the department of laboratory medicine at the University Hospital of Padova, chief of the Center of Biomedical Research (a specialized center for quality in laboratory medicine for the Veneto Region), and scientific coordinator of the regional anti-doping laboratory at the University Hospital in Padova, Italy. He served as president of the International Society of Enzymology for five years and of the Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Clinical Biology for four years. He currently serves on the AACC Patient Safety Advisory Group and the International Advisory Group. Dr. Plebani is reviews editor of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, associate editor of Clinical Biochemistry, CRC Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and International Journal of Biological Markers and editor-in-chief of a journal on clinical governance. His main areas of research are quality in laboratory medicine, biomarkers in cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and in vitro allergy diagnostics. He has published 560 original papers, including a widely cited paper in Clinical Chemistry in 1997 dealing with errors in a stat laboratory that received great acceptance. In 2007 he published a new paper in the same journal describing the laboratory errors situation after 10 years. He is guest editor of a special issue of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine dedicated to "Laboratory Medicine and Patient Safety" and author of many papers on the topic of laboratory errors and patient safety.