April 2005 Mentor of the Month: Jocelyn Hicks
Jocelyn M. Hicks, PhD, FACB, FRCPath

Dr. Hicks is currently President of JMBH Associates, a health management consulting company that assists clinical laboratories in preparing for accreditation, recommends plans for enhancing scientific research capabilities, evaluates the organization and efficiency of clinical laboratories, and assists laboratories with developing strategic and financial plans. She is also a scientific and marketing adviser to several major international diagnostics companies.

Until recently, Dr. Hicks was the Chief Operating Officer of the Genetics and Fairfax Identity Divisions of The Genetics and IVF Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to that, she was Chair of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Executive Director of the Center for Complex Diseases at the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), Washington, DC. Currently Dr. Hicks is Executive Director Emeritus at CNMC and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Pathology at The George Washington University School of Medicine. While at CNMC, Dr. Hicks held many leadership positions, including President of the Medical Faculty Associates, membership on the Leadership Council, membership on the Hospital's Board of Directors, and was a Board member of the Children's Hospital Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the hospital.

Dr. Hicks obtained a BSc. (Honours) in Physiology and her MSc. in Biochemistry from the University of London (UK), and a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University Medical School (USA). She has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, and 19 books, including Point-of-Care Testing and the Directory of Rare Analyses. She also has served as editor of many journals. Her academic and administrative interests include pediatric reference values, point-of-care testing and strategic and business planning.

Dr. Hicks is a Past President of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and has served on its Board of Directors. Within the AACC, Dr. Hicks founded the Van Slyke Society that is devoted to education and research, as well as providing funds for young clinical chemists to attend national meetings.

Dr. Hicks is the founder and Past President (two terms) of the International Association of Pediatric Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Hicks was Chair of the Publications Division of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC), and introduced the IFCC Website and the IFCC Journal. Dr Hicks is currently Treasurer and a Board member of the IFCC, and will hold this position until the end of 2005.

Dr. Hicks' many honors include honorary memberships in the Association of Clinical Biochemists (UK), the Israel Society of Clinical Biochemistry, the Portuguese Association of Clinical Pathology and the Egyptian Society of Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Hicks has received three of the AACC's national awards, and is frequently invited to speak both nationally and internationally.

Her personal interests include cooking, playing bridge, traveling and exercising. She is married to Melvin Blecher, PhD, JD, who practices Intellectual Property Law, especially in Biotechnology and Medicine areas.

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