American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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January 2013 Mentor of the Month: Dr. Sherry L. Perkins
Dr. Sherry L. Perkins

Dr. Sherry L. Perkins is currently the Head of the Division of Biochemistry, Medical/Scientific Director for Point of Care Testing, Laboratory Information System and Pre & Post Analytical Processes at the Ottawa Hospital and is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Perkins' career path at the University of Ottawa is that of a Clinician Administrator. She has held many leadership roles in Clinical Biochemistry and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. From 1998 to 2004 she served as the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory (EORLA) Project Director and chair of the East 1 Regional Coordinating Committee from 2001 to 2006. She is a member of the EORLA Board and Regional Medical Scientific Advisory Committee. She is a past president of the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists and of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists.

In her roles as Head of the Division of Biochemistry and Medical/Scientific Director for Pre & Post Analytical Processes she had lead a large team of medical/scientific, management and technical staff through the challenges of The Ottawa Hospital merger process as well as the planning and implementation of regional laboratory system. She provides medical/scientific leadership for e-Health related issues for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine within The Ottawa Hospital and for the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association.

Dr. Perkins has received numerous awards and recognition including the Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Chemistry Awards from both the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemistry and the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemistry as well as the Donald J. Campbell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Chemistry from the Alberta Society of Clinical Chemistry.

In addition to her administrative roles and responsibilities, Dr. Perkins has an active research program in partnership with clinical colleagues in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology exploring the relationship of biochemical markers to maternal and fetal outcomes.