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A Lab Expert Ends a Patient's Medical Odyssey


A retired nurse is fed up with a lifetime of disruptive symptoms and takes her health into her own hands. After contacting a local laboratory expert, the two use her test results as a road map and embark on a journey looking for answers.


Octavia Peck-Palmer, PhD
Director, CRISMA Molecular Biology Lab Core
Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Departments of Pathology and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director, UPMC Presbyterian, Shadyside, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Automated Testing Laboratories
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Peck Palmer has expertise in clinical chemistry, laboratory management, laboratory quality control, laboratory automation, method validation, and strives to make cutting edge tests available to patients. In her clinical research, she is dedicated to examining how laboratory medicine can reduce health disparities for underserved patient populations.


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