February 2009 Mentor of the Month: Barbara Goldsmith
Dr. Barbara Goldsmith

Dr. Goldsmith is the current President of AACC. Her most recent positions were Vice President, Laboratory Services at Caritas Christi Health Care, a six-hospital system, Director of Laboratory Services at EXCELL Clinical Laboratories/St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and the Medical Director for Caritas Medical Laboratories in Boston, MA.  Her previous appointment was Executive Director at Alliance Laboratory Services and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She obtained her B.S. degree from William Smith College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Chemistry in the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Goldsmith has been an active member of AACC for over 25 years. She has held a number of national positions including election to the Board of Directors (2002-2004) and the Nominating Committee (1990-1992). She Chaired the Membership Task Force and Membership Committees (2003-2005), Pediatric Division (1990-1992), and Career Education Committee (1992-1993), served on the Board of the Critical and Point of Care Testing (POCT) Division (2001,2003-2004), the Board of Editors for Clinical Laboratory News (1997-2001), Meetings Management Group (2005-2007), and currently serves on the Program Coordinating Commission. Dr. Goldsmith has been on three Annual Meeting Organizing Committees and recently served as Chair of the 2007 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee. She has held offices in local sections, including Chair of the Philadelphia Section and has been involved with the NACB, serving as Secretary (1998-2000) and as a delegate to CLSI (formerly NCCLS) (1996-1999). Dr. Goldsmith has been active in professional activities outside of AACC, including appointments on CLIAC (CDC), the Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Advisory Panel to the FDA, and the Institute for Quality Laboratory Medicine (IQLM). She was CLSI Chairholder for the Point-of-Care Testing Subcommittee, which produced the first guidance document in POCT, and Vice Chairholder of the Area Committee on Alternate Site Testing. She served as Secretary of the International Association for Pediatric Laboratory Medicine and as a member of the ACS Board of Clinical Chemistry (1997-present) and was recently appointed to the Pathology Advisory Council for The Joint Commission. Dr. Goldsmith has received several awards, including the Canadian Society for Clinical Chemistry (CSCC) Traveling Lectureship Award and recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Clinical Chemistry.

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