American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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April 2013 Mentor of the Month: Brad S. Karon

Brad S. Karon
MD, PhD, FCAP, FACB


Brad Karon completed a BA in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1989. Following his undergraduate studies, he then entered the MD/PhD program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. During his graduate work in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Dr. Karon applied spectroscopic tools to study the relationship of membrane protein oligomeric state (structure) to function. Upon completing the MD/PhD program, Dr. Karon entered into and completed a residency in Clinical Pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Washington University) in St. Louis. Following the completion of residency training and after obtaining board certification in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology, he joined Laboratory Medicine Consultants, a large community pathology practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his five years in Las Vegas, Dr. Karon was responsible for providing medical direction and consultative services for all facets of clinical laboratory operations at a 700 bed community hospital (clinical chemistry, hematology and body fluid analysis, coagulation, microbiology, transfusion medicine).

In 2004, Dr. Karon obtained his current position at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he is currently director of Hospital Clinical Laboratories (stat and physician office labs), point of care testing, and co-director of laboratory services (phlebotomy). He is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo; and holds numerous education leadership positions including Vice-chair for Education in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Associate Program Director of the Pathology residency, and medical director of the Mayo School of Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Science and Phlebotomy Technician programs.

Besides being a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology, Dr. Karon is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, and ASCP. He previously served as chair of the AACC Critical and Point of Care Division, and member of the College of American Pathologists Point of Care resource committee. Dr. Karon has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, mainly focusing on critical and point of care testing.