American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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2006 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences

Carl C. Garber, Ph.D. FACB

The Management Sciences Division of AACC is pleased to announce that the 2006 recipient of the Division’s Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences” is Dr. Carl. C. Garber.

Dr. Garber is the Director of Statistical Applications of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in Canada and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, Carl has completed Six Sigma black belt training and is a member of several professional societies.

Dr. Garber’s Clinical Chemistry career started in 1971 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital where he was employed as a clinical chemist. From 1976 to 1983 he has held positions as director of the Chemistry Lab in the UW Hospital/Clinics with joint faculty appointment as assistant and associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.  In 1983 he changed his career path to employment with the Diagnostics Division of the Du Pont Company.  In 1985, he was instrumental in the establishment of one of the first reference laboratories licensed for testing for ‘HTLV III’ antibodies in both screening by ELISA and Western Blot confirmation testing, in a joint endeavor with Du Pont Diagnostics and BioTech Research Laboratories in Rockville, MD.  He continued with Du Pont Diagnostics as Manager of the Technical Support group until 1992, when he left to become Director of Quality Assurance of the MetPath reference laboratory in Teterboro, NJ (now known as Quest Diagnostics).  His research interests have been focused on the use of statistics in the evaluation of diagnostic methods and practical applications in quality control since the early days of his career with Dr. Jim Westgard at the University of Wisconsin. In addition, Carl has presented many lectures on a variety of Quality Management tools, such as ISO 9000, the Malcolm Baldridge award criteria, and Six Sigma.  He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books, and numerous abstracts and briefs during his career.

Dr. Garber has been actively involved in multiple AACC and CLSI committees for many years. He has participated in the development of several of the Guidelines in the Evaluation Protocols (EP) area, and served as chair of the EP Area committee from 1993 to 1998.  Over the past 10 years, he has been an active member of the Management Sciences Division, serving as the division chair from 2003-04. A good example of Dr. Garber’s commitment to AACC’s education program is the record he holds for the longest running workshop at the AACC annual meeting with his partners, Drs. Neill Carey and David Koch, on “Concepts and Practices in the Evaluation of Laboratory Methods: Use and Interpretation of Statistics”. He is also one of AACC’s best and most productive ambassadors who brought the concept of quality management across the borders of many countries, particularly in the “new frontier” areas such as Latin America, China, and Russia. He has given numerous presentations all over the world on Total Quality Management and method evaluation.  Along the way, Dr. Garber has earned the respect from many of his peers for his tireless work and significant contributions to the field of clinical chemistry. He has been awarded several other honors including a Leadership Award from CLSI in 1999 and the Westgard Quality Award in 2004.