James S. Hernandez, M.D., M.S.

James S. Hernandez, M.D., M.S.
Medical Director and Chair, Division of Laboratory Medicine
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Jim Hernandez is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Mayo Clinic in 2001, he was in private community pathology practice from 1985 until 2001.   

Dr. Hernandez served as the Associate Medical Director for Mayo Medical Laboratories from 2001 to 2004.  He is involved in the integration and standardization of the laboratories of the Mayo Clinic.  He also served as the Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine's Clinical Practice Committee, which addresses lab utilization.  He instituted a leadership and management program for residents and fellows at Mayo Clinic in 2003 to prepare them for their roles as future laboratory medical directors

He has been the Medical Director of the laboratories and Chair of the Division of Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona since 2008.   

Dr. Hernandez served on the CAP Board of Governors from 2012 to 2014.

Dr. Hernandez has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Medical Degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and a Masters of Science in Preventive Medicine and Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, encompassing both MBA and MPH skills. He completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He has a special interest in leadership, management, lab utilization, quality process improvements, safety and cost-effectiveness.

Dr. Hernandez has authored 31 peer reviewed publications and has a strong interest in mentoring students, residents and fellows in laboratory medicine and pathology.  He is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

 He is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences and Patient Safety Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and of the AACC Outstanding Speaker Award in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

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