Dennis J. Dietzen, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB - June 2012 Mentor of the Month

Dennis J. Dietzen is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at Washington University where he directs the Core Laboratory and Metabolic Genetics Laboratory at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Dietzen received a PhD in Biochemistry from Indiana University in 1992 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in 1995. Prior to his return to St. Louis in 2002, he was a chemist at DuPont Diagnostics (now a part of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics) and served as Director of Clinical Laboratories at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Dr. Dietzen has been a member of AACC since 1994 and has served the Association in numerous local, division, and national capacities. He was a member of the organizing committees for the 2001-2003 Oak Ridge Conferences, the 2007 and 2010 Annual Meetings, and will serve as Chair of the 2013 Annual Meeting in Houston. Dr. Dietzen was a member of the ABCC Board of Directors, serving as chair of the chemistry examination subcommittee and then as Vice President and Chair of Examinations. He was the newsletter editor for the Pediatric-Maternal Fetal Division from 2007-2010. Dr. Dietzen currently serves as Chair of the Government Relations Committee and a member of the Pediatric Reference Range Committee.

Dr. Dietzen served the NACB on the Expanded Newborn Screening LMPG committee and is a member of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists and the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders. He is an author/coauthor of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, monographs, and book chapters on subjects ranging from basic membrane biochemistry to various clinical issues including anemia, acute liver failure, drugs of abuse testing, and metabolic disease. Finally, Dr. Dietzen is co-editor of the fourth edition of the Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease published by AACC Press.