August 2006 Mentor of the Month: Frank Henry Wians, Jr.
Frank Henry Wians, Jr., Ph.D., MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB

Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, Dr. Frank H. Wians, Jr. obtained a B.A. degree in mathematics (With Distinction) in 1969 from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a B.S. degree in Biology & Chemistry in 1972 from the University of Arizona, an M.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Vermont in 1976, an M.A. degree (with a 4.00 GPA) in Health Care Administration from Rider College in 1979, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Medical School in 1985. Concurrent with his education and training, Dr. Wians served as an officer in the Biomedical Sciences Corps of the United States Air Force, retiring after 22 years of service in 1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served as the Consultant in Clinical Chemistry to the Air Force Surgeon General from 1990-93. He is board certified in Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. He is an Associate Member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and has held certification with ASCP as a medical technologist [MT(ASCP)] since 1973. He is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and a past Chair of the Texas Section AACC.

Dr. Wians has held numerous academic and professional positions throughout his distinguished career, including positions as Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (1991-93), UT Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Texas; Chief of Laboratory Services (1993); Chief of Chemistry & Training (1989-92); and, Chief of Special Chemistry (1983-89) at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is currently Professor of Pathology, Director of Clinical Chemistry, Director, Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program, and Associate Director of the Division of Clinical Pathology in the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Wians is the author/co-author of 9 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. His research interests are multi-faceted and include evaluation of the analytical and clinical performance characteristics of laboratory test methods, the role of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing in discriminating between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia, intra-operative hormone testing as an adjunct to imaging studies, prenatal testing for neural tube defects and fetal aneuploidies, biochemical markers of acute coronary syndromes, and the role of group-specific component (Gc) protein in patients with acute liver failure.

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