Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division Elections
The election for Division Officers is complete. The new members of the executive board are listed below, along with a short biography.
Chair-Elect: Shannon Haymond
I am the director of the Clinical Chemistry and Mass Spectrometry laboratories at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In this capacity I also hold a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of pathology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Like many laboratory directors, my job is a mix of providing clinical service, teaching pediatric clinical chemistry to residents and fellows and performing clinical research. My research interests include general lab process improvement and correlations to 'value' metrics, method development and quality initiatives for LC-MS/MS applications and the utilization and investigation of biomarkers in pediatric cardiovascular and renal disease. I have served on the PMF board as a member-at-large and am currently serving as the secretary of the PMF division. I have also been actively involved with AACC at both the national (current SYCL committee and nominating committee member and AMOC 2010 brown bag coordinator) level and in a variety of capacities within my local section (Chicago), including serving as chair in 2010. My experiences serving AACC have been rewarding and fun and, therefore, I am grateful for your consideration to serve as the PMF division chair-elect.
Secretary: Christina Lockwood
I am delighted to be considered to serve as Secretary for the Pediatric Maternal-Fetal division. After joining AACC in 2006, I was pleased to be elected Member-at-large of the PMF division in 2011. I finished my Clinical Chemistry fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Pathology and Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis where I am Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
A vital component of my fellowship training was a rotation as acting medical director at St. Louis Children's Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Dietzen, where I learned firsthand that children are not little adults! Since completing my training, I have participated in several clinical projects relating to maternal-fetal and pediatric medicine. In my current position in the Molecular Diagnostics Lab, I continue to be engaged in testing for both maternal-fetal and pediatric populations.
The sustained commitment to pediatric reference intervals, active listserv and outstanding newsletter with valuable educational updates are highly visible ways the PMF division has promoted clinical laboratory science. Our mission of advancing PMF laboratory medicine is also evident in the numerous division awards. Enhancing the division's visibility and clearly articulating our goals will be important in maintaining and increasing our membership. The AACC has been an invaluable resource for my professional development. I look forward to more opportunities to serve our organization, and I hope to do so within the PMF division.
Treasurer: Sihe Wang
Dr. Sihe Wang is Section Head and Medical Director of Clinical Biochemistry and Director of Clinical Biochemistry Fellowship Training Program, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He also chairs the clinical chemistry integration effort for the Cleveland Clinic Health System which includes 1 Florida hospital, 8 community hospitals and 18 family health centers in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, he is Clinical Chemistry Professor, Cleveland State University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Wang was Assistant Professor at Northwestern University; Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory and Referred Testing Laboratory, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wang is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (DABCC) and a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (FACB).
Dr. Wang is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). He served as chair of AACC Northeast Ohio Section in 2008 and 2009 and the president of North American Chinese Clinical Chemistry Association (NACCCA) 2008-2009. Currently he serves as the advisor for NACCCA, the treasurer for the Pediatric and Maternal Fetal Division of AACC, the delegate for AACC Northeast Ohio section, commissioner for The Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry, and AACC's Strategies Online Editorial Advisory Board member. The AACC presented him with the 2005, 2008, and 2010 Clinical Chemist Recognition Award. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Lemuel J. Bowie Young Investigator Award for the Chicago Section of the AACC. Dr. Wang has authored over 140 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He also serves on several editorial boards of peer reviewed journals.
Member At Large: Brad Karon
Dr. Karon completed his MD and PhD (Biochemistry) degrees at the University of Minnesota, followed by a residency in Clinical Pathology at Barnes Hospital (Washington University). He is certified in clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology; and is also a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, College of American Pathologists, and American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Dr. Karon is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. As medical director for Hospital Clinical Laboratories and Point of Care Testing at Mayo Rochester, he oversees a system of stat and physician office laboratories as well as a large point of care testing program. Dr. Karon has published extensively in the field of clinical chemistry; including five peer-reviewed publications relating to effective screening strategies for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, one of his primary academic interests. He also holds multiple education leadership positions at Mayo Rochester including Vice-chair for Education in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Program Director of the Pathology residency, and Medical Director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program.
Member At Large: Alison Woodworth
Dr. Alison Woodworth received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she went on to complete fellowship training in clinical chemistry. Dr. Woodworth is currently the Director of Esoteric Chemistry, Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, and Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. She serves as Director of the ComACC certified clinical chemistry fellowship program at Vanderbilt, where she also teaches residents, medical students and medical technologists. Dr. Woodworth has been actively involved in AACC since 2003 and the AACC Southeast section since 2007 where she has served as section vice chair and chair. She is also very active on the national level for AACC, serving as an abstract reviewer, editorial board member for the AACC Press board, and was a member of the 2012 annual meeting organizing committee. She was recently awarded the SYCL Service Award for outstanding contributions to the AACC. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and currently serves as chair of the editorial board for the NACBlog and was recently elected to the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physician Scientists, where she serves on the nominating committee. Her noteworthy contributions to clinical and translational research in the areas of and Maternal/Fetal Medicine and Sepsis have resulted in multiple publications and awards, including the NACB distinguished abstract award and best abstract awards from the Industry and Maternal/Fetal Medicine division. Dr. Woodworth enjoys speaking about clinical chemistry; she has been invited to speak at several local, regional and national meetings and has won the AACC outstanding speaker award for the past three years.
Introduction of the Trainee Member of the PMF Board
The trainee member of the PMF Division is a newly created position that allows a current fellow of a laboratory medicine program with an interest in pediatrics or maternal-fetal medicine to become more involved with the division. The trainee position is appointed by the board and carries a term of 18 months. If you would like to nominate someone for this position, please contact a division officer for information.
Joe M. El-Khoury, PhD
Clinical Chemistry Fellow, Department of Clinical Pathology, Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. El-Khoury received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon, 2008) and his Ph.D. in Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry from Cleveland State University (2012). Dr. El-Khoury was the recipient of the 2012 Past President's Scholarship ($100,000) from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), which is funding his appointment as Clinical Chemistry Fellow at Cleveland Clinic (2012-present). He also served as Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Cleveland State University (2013).
Dr. El-Khoury has over 5 years experience in the field of laboratory medicine and mass spectrometry and has presented and talked at AACC and Mass Spectrometry Applications to the Clinical Lab meetings. His expertise is in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, renal disease biomarkers and vitamin D.
Dr. El-Khoury is a member of the AACC and its society for young clinical laboratorians (SYCL, 2009-present). He was recently appointed to the Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal division as a trainee board member, but also serves on SYCL 360 (2012-present), Northeast Ohio-AACC local section (2011-present), and as the Scientific Program Chair for the Ohio-Collaborative Laboratory Conference (2012-present). He is a reviewer for Clinica Chimica Acta.