July 2011 Mentor of the Month: Joseph McConnell
Joseph P. McConnell, Ph.D., DABCC

Dr. McConnell is currently the Laboratory Director, Chief Medical Officer, and Co-founder of Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL) Inc., in Richmond Virginia. Health Diagnostic Laboratory is a national clinical reference laboratory committed to personalized disease management with focus on identifying and reversing the health risks associated with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease.

Until November of 2009, Dr. McConnell was an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic. In that role he served for 12 years as the Director of Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine, and was the Chair of the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program at Mayo. He also held a joint appointment in the Cardiovascular Diseases Section of the Division of Internal Medicine. Dr. McConnell graduated high school Magna Cum Laude, received his Bachelors degree in Biology (with honors) from the University of Michigan in 1987, and completed Medical Technology training and certification (MT: ASCP) in 1988. Dr. McConnell received his M.S. degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. degree in Clinical Chemistry from Cleveland State University in 1990 and 1993 respectively. Dr. McConnell participated in the Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Training Program at Mayo Clinic from 1993 to 1995 and upon completion joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he served as associate director of the Special Coagulation Laboratory at Indiana University Medical Center. He was recruited back to the Mayo Clinic in 1998 to serve as Director of Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine. He was on the faculty of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine until November of 2009 when he left Mayo to establish Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. in Richmond Virginia.

Dr. McConnell has been active in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), participating as Chair of the Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division in 2006 and 2007 and as past chair in 2008 and 2009. He has been a delegate to the Midwest section for 4 years and served as the Chair for the AACC House of Delegates in 2009. He has also participated as a member of several other AACC committees.

Dr. McConnell’s primary research interest is in the field of atherosclerosis, specifically the use of novel risk factors to identify individuals at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and events, with a focus on prevention. Dr. McConnell has co-authored more than 80 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

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