San Diego Local Section Events

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2016 Meetings

November 2

Procalcitonin (PCT) Use in Sepsis Management and Antibiotic Treatment Decisions
Dr. Jingzi Sherman, MD, MS, CCRA
Senior Scientific Affairs Manager - Medical and Scientific Affairs, Roche Diagnostics Corporation

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
10300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92121

5:30 – 6:50 PM Registration & Networking (Green Acres Restaurant)
7:00 – 8:00 PM Lecture (Conference Room C)
8:00 – 8:30 PM Additional time for networking.

Program Information

2015 Meetings

December 1

Biomarkers of Acute Kidney Injury
Dr. Nandkishor Chindarkar
Scientific Director- Chemistry, Kaiser Regional Laboratories, Berkeley, CA

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego, 10300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
Conference Room C, on the SE side of the building; first parking lot on the right as you enter the complex.

5:15 – 6:30 Registration & Networking at Green Acres Restaurant
6:30 – 7:30 Lecture
7:30 – 8:00 Additional time for networking.

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September 24

Utilization Management in Medical Microbiology

“What is the deal with βhCG: Will assays calibrated to the 5th International Standard affect anything?”
Dr. David Koch, PhD
President AACC, Director Clinical Chemistry, Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego, 10300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
Conference Room C, on the SE side of the building; first parking lot on the right as you enter the complex.

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June 25

Utilization Management in Medical Microbiology

John Branda, MD,
Asst. Pathologist, Assoc. Director, Microbiology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital
Asst. Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

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May 21

Toxicology Lab and the Emergency Room: Partners in Poisoning

Dr. Robert Fitzgerald
Professor of Pathology, UCSD
Dr. Binh Ly
Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSD

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

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April 22

The Future of LDT Oversight

James Nichols, PhD 
Director, Clinical Chemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Peter Kazon, JD
Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird, Washington, DC

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

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March 12

Promoting the Value of Clinical Laboratory Testing: We can all do more

Dr. Alan Wu
Professor Laboratory Medicine
Chief, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory
San Francisco General Hospital

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Program Agenda
Program Flyer

February 26

Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing Opportunities and Challenges

Linnea M. Baudhuin, PhD, DABMG,
Assistant Professor of Laboratory
Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Program Information

2014 MEETINGS

December 9

Current Issues in Laboratory Testing for Rheumatoid Arthritis

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Marvin Fritzler, PhD, MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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December 4

Laboratory Reimbursement Update 2015

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Charles Root, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, CodeMap, Barrington, IL.
Peter Kazon, JD
Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird, Washington, DC

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November 11

Progress and Challenges in Antiphospholipid Testing

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Gabriella Lakos, MD, PhD
Medical Director and Director of Research, INOVA Diagnostics, San Diego, CA

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October 14

Celiac Disease: Advances in Diagnosis and Testing USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Melissa R. Snyder, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Division of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn 

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Sept 10

The New Guidance on LDTs: A Q&A with the FDA

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Alberto Gutierrez, PhD
Director, Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices, FDA, Silver Spring, MD

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Sept 2

Stroke Biomarkers: Current Status, Future Promise

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Robert Christenson, PhD
Professor of Pathology and of Medical and Research Technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Director of the Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, and Core Laboratories and Point of Care Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

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May 21

The Case of the Missing TSH USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Julia C. Drees, PhD
Scientific Director, Chemistry; Kaiser TMPG Regional Laboratories; 
Northern California, Richmond, CA

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May 13

Mass Spectrometry 101

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine

UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Thomas M. Annesley, PhD 
Emeritus Professor in the Department of Pathology 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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April 29

Mass Spectrometry Applications in Designer Drugs of Abuse Testing

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121

Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD

Senior Investigator; Chief, Chemistry and Drug Metabolism Section, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health, Biomedical Research Center, Baltimore, MD

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April 8

Why Do Lean Implementations Usually Fail and How to Overcome the Odds

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121

Linda Nesberg (Presenter) 
Operations Manager
Mayo Medical Laboratories
Rochester, MN 

Michael Astion, MD, PhD, (Moderator) 
Division Chief of Laboratory Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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March 11

Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Women Considering Menopausal Hormone Therapy

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, 
Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine and Co-Director, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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January 21

Career Essentials: 10 Ways for Chemists, Techs, and Other Laboratory Professionals to Increase Their Value

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121

Ann M. Gronowski, PhD
Professor Pathology & Immunology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine, and Associate Medical Director, Chemistry Laboratory, Barnes

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2013 MEETINGS

December 10

San Diego Local Section Annual Meeting
Diagnostic Testing for Hepatitis C Virus in the Era of Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy

USCD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121

Alexandra Valsamakis, MD, PhD
Director, Clinical Virology and Molecular Microbiology, 
Department of Pathology, Division of Microbiology, 
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Program Information 


November 21

Achieving Concordance Between POC Test Results and Central Lab Test Results

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Brad S. Karon, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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November 12

Understanding the Role of Biomarkers in the Sepsis Diagnosis Algorithm

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Alison Woodworth, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN


Jessica Colon-Franco, PhD
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Program Information 


October 15

Modern Approaches to Quality Control: Moving Averages and Beyond

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Mark A. Cervinski, PhD, DABCC
Director of Clinical Chemistry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 
Assistant Professor of Pathology, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH

Program Information 


October 8

Multiplex Nucleic Acid Tests for Respiratory Viruses: Technology, Applications, and Clinical Relevance

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Frederick S. Nolte, PhD
Professor, Director of Clinical Laboratories, and Director of Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

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September 24

Designing an Effective Quality Dashboard for the Clinical Laboratory

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Kristina Martin
University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

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September 10

Using cTn to Assess Chest Pain Patients: The Accuracy versus Turnaround Time Debate

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Kent Lewandrowski, MD
Pathologist, Associate Chief for Laboratory and Molecular Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Alan H.B. Wu, PhD
Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, San Francisco General Hospital; Professor of Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Program Information 


August 27

Novel Biomarkers for Diagnosing and Managing Heart Failure

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Christopher deFilippi, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, 
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

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August 22

Creating, Communicating and Maintaining Effective Laboratory SOPs

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Otelah M. Perry, MS, MT, MB(ASCP), CQPA 
Quality Systems Manager, 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 
Hanover, NH

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July 9

Beyond "Good" and "Bad" Cholesterol: Is it Time to Consider a Particle Alternative?

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

James Otvos, PhD 
Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, LipoScience, Inc., Raleigh, NC 

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June 19

Essential Tools to Implement Meaningful Use in the Clinical Laboratory

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Pam D. Banning, MLS(ASCP)CM, PMP, 
Medical Informatics
3M Health Information Systems 
Portland, OR

Program Information 


June 11

Toxicological Testing in the Clinical Lab: Balancing Current Needs, Clinical Expectations and Reality UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Robert Middleberg, PhD 
Vice President, Quality Assurance, Laboratory Director, and Forensic Toxicologist, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA

Program Information 


May 15

Kawasaki Disease: Diagnosis & Treatment UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Adriana H. Tremoulet, MD, MAS
Associate Director, Kawasaki Disease Research Center
University of California San Diego
Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

Program Information 


May 14

Optimizing LC-MS/MS for TDM of Immunosuppressants

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

James Ritchie, PhD
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Director, Core and Toxicology Laboratories, Emory University Hospital, and Director, Core Laboratory, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Program Information 


May 9

Using Metrics in the Quality Laboratory: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Geoffrey S. Baird, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pathology,University of Washington, Seattle, and Director of Clinical Chemistry, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle

Program Information 


April 17

The New CLIA Competency Assessment for Laboratory Personnel

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine

UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Judy Yost, MA, MT (ASCP)
Director, Division of Laboratories, CMS, Baltimore, MD

Program Information 


April 16

Tweeting vs. Knitting: Overcoming Generational Conflicts in the Clinical Laboratory

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Carmen Wiley, PhD, DABCC, FACB 
Co-director of Chemistry, Immunology, and Point-of-Care Testing, 
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Director, Bioanalytics 
Laboratory, PAML, Spokane, WA

Program Information 


April 9

The Labs Role in Pain Management

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Catherine Hammett-Stabler, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Program Information 


March 26

Resurgence of Pertussis Whooping Cough and the Role of Laboratory Testing

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Xuan Qin, PhD, DABBM
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Seattle Children's Hospital, Department of Laboratories, Seattle, WA

Program Information 


March 14

Connecting Laboratory Staff to the Patient Experience: A Recipe for Success UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Corinne R. Fantz, PhD
Associate Professor, Emory University, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
Co-Director, Core Laboratories and Point of Care Testing, Emory Medical Laboratories, Atlanta, GA
 

Program Information 


March 12

Advances in Prostate Cancer Detection: What's Next for Clinical Labs? UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

William J. Catalona, MD
Director of Clinical Prostate Cancer Program
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Program Information 


February 27

Determining Pediatric Reference Ranges: Traditional and New Approaches to a Challenging Issue UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Point Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121

Sharon Geaghan, MD, (Moderator) 
Patricia M. Jones, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Amy L. Pyle, PhD, DABCC

Program Information


February 12

New Developments in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Full Presentation Slides
Color Presentation Handouts
How to claim Continuing Education

UCSD Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine 
UC San Diego
10300 Campus Pointe Dr. 
San Diego, CA 92121

Callum G. Fraser, PhD

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