American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
2004 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences

Leslie Burnett, PhD

The Management Sciences Division (MSD) of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is pleased to announce that the 2004 recipient of the Division’s Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences ” is Dr. Leslie Burnett of Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Burnett is Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He received his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, a Certificate in Business Management from the Australian Institute of Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Southern Cross University.

Dr. Burnett has earned numerous Professional Qualifications in Science and in Business and has performed research in Molecular Biology with Nobel Laureate, Paul Berg at Stanford. He established Australia’s first community genetics program and has directed hospital clinical pathology laboratories and LIS operations and served as CEO in private practice. He is currently Director of the Pacific Laboratory Medicine Services, a $38 million, 400 staff operation delivering Pathology services through six University hospital campuses in the Northern Sydney area.

Dr. Burnett serves on local, regional and national medical committees in Australia including chair of the Quality Assurance, Scientific and Education Committee of Australasia. He is actively involved in issues relating to medical devices, laboratory accreditation, standards, pathology practices and ethics in Australia and Internationally. He is a pioneer in the application of Quality Management in his country. He is currently Chairman of the IFCC Ethics Committee and an observer on the NCCLS Committee on Genetic Testing

Dr. Burnett has received many awards for his research, teaching and business excellence and has been the recipient of numerous research grants in the areas of molecular biology, genetic diseases, cancer, laboratory management and health economics. He has for the past seven years built a research program at his University that has generated over a million dollars for academic researchers in the Northern Sydney medical community. He has published over 100 papers, book chapters and reviews covering diverse areas of laboratory medicine (microbiology, hepatitis, tay-Sachs, TQM, AIDS and lab management).

Dr. Burnett has combined as outstanding academic career in Pathology with a keen business sense to advance laboratory quality management in his country and we congratulate him on his achievements and on this award and we hope to have him speak to us of his successes in the near future.