September 2012 Mentor of the Month: Dave Koch
David Koch, PhD

David Koch, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Pathology at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Toxicology and Point-of-Care testing at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Koch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and an active member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, currently serving on the Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, where he is the current Chair of the Awards Committee.

Dr. Koch, having earned both his B.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University, completed his postdoctoral training in clinical chemistry at Washington University School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Jack Ladenson. Prior to his current position Dr. Koch served as Director of the Clinical Chemistry Service at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, and as the Associate Director of Clinical Pathology in Safety Assessment at the Merck Research Laboratories in West Point, Pennsylvania.

In addition to mentoring clinical chemistry trainees in the Emory University COMACC training program, Dr. Koch has also trained numerous medical technologists and pathology residents, and has advanced the knowledge of our profession by lecturing medical students at both Emory University and at the University of Wisconsin on the topic of laboratory medicine. Dr. Koch’s service to the field of clinical chemistry has also included membership on CLSI Committees and Subcommittees. As a prolific lecturer Dr. Koch has earned recognition from the AACC as an outstanding speaker several times, most recently in 2012.

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