Ronald J. Whitley, PHD, DABCC, FACB - May 2013 Mentor of the Month

Dr. Ron Whitley is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kentucky, and Director of the Chemistry, Toxicology and Core Clinical Laboratories at Chandler and Samaritan Hospitals. He is also Director of Point-of-Care Testing. He holds joint academic appointments in Pediatrics and in the College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Whitley received his BS degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech, attended graduate school in biochemistry at Emory University, and was awarded his PhD in organic chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1975. After completing a three-year NIH postdoctoral fellowship in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic, he trained for an additional two years at Mayo in clinical chemistry.

Dr. Whitley is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, a fellow of National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB), and a member of American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). He serves as Chairholder of the CLSI (Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute) Consensus Committee on Immunology and Ligand Assay, and is a charter member of Kentucky's Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. He recently completed service as President of the NACB.

His primary scientific/research interests include applications of immunoassays and mass spectometry to endocrine and genetic disorders. He authored/co-authored the general endocrine, thyroid, adrenal and catecholamine chapters in the Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry, 2nd and 3rd editions, and authored the endocrine and amino acids sections in the Clinical Guide to Laboratory Tests, 2nd and 3rd editions. He has helped developed consensus-based guidelines for using tumor markers in thyroid cancer, and for follow up testing for metabolic diseases identified by expanded newborn screening. He has also helped develop CLSI consensus documents for immunoassay systems, newborn screening blood collections, and newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry.

Dr. Whitley joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1980. In addition to his clinical service responsibilities, he also plays an active role in numerous educational programs.