Our Team of Mad Scientist Writers

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Christi Wojewoda, MD, is certified by the American Board of Pathology in AP/CP and Medical Microbiology. She is currently the Director of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Vermont Medical Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont. She enjoys teaching pathology residents, medical students and clinical laboratory science students. One of her interests is test utilization.

Erin McElvania, PhD, D(ABMM), is the Director of Clinical Microbiology NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois. Her interests include teaching, pediatric microbiology, and clinical research focusing on molecular microbiology.

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Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ) “Dan The Lab Safety Man” has over 25 years experience as a certified medical technologist. He has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dan worked as a laboratory generalist in hospitals ranging in size from 75 to 800 beds before becoming a laboratory manager. Today he is the Laboratory Safety Officer for Sentara Healthcare, a system of seven hospitals and over 20 laboratories and draw sites in the Tidewater area of Virginia. He is also known as Dan the Lab Safety Man, a lab safety consultant, educator, and trainer.

Lisa Stempak, MD is the System Director of Clinical Pathology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Medical Microbiology. Her interests include infectious disease histology, process and quality improvement, and resident education.

Constantine E. Kanakis MD, MSc, MLS(ASCP)CM is a first-year resident physician in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago with interests in hematopathology, transfusion medicine, bioethics, public health, and graphic medicine. He remains a board-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, one of ASCP’s 2017 Top 40 Under Forty, and was named to the 2020 Pathologist Power List. He studied Molecular Biology, Bioethics, and Political Science at Loyola University and Medical Laboratory Science at Rush University. His graduate research focused on hematopoietic stem cell transplants and engraftment; he has worked as a generalist, transplant/transfusion senior, QA/QC and education coordinator, and hematology technologist. He has contributed to public health abroad leading arbovirus prevention and detection and is a certified CAP inspector. With ASCP he holds the Advanced Certificate in Medical Laboratory Management through Lab Management University (LMU), has been featured in ASCP’s Stories from the Heart Series, and has been recognized nationally with the ASCP Medical Student Award and grants. He is also on the ASCP Social Media #SoMeTeam and is a new member of ASCP’s Commission for Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Kanakis was recently named to the ASCP Patient Champions Advisory Board and the American Red Cross Auxiliary Board in Illinois. He also delivered a TEDx talk entitled “Unrecognizable Medicine,” he is active on social media in the pathology community (@CEKanakisMD) and has penned numerous blogs on LabMedicine.com as well as illustrated features called “Path Doodles.”

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Xin Yi, PhD, DABCC, FACB is a board-certified clinical chemist. She currently serves as the Co-director of Clinical Chemistry at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Becky Socha, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM BB CM graduated from Merrimack College in N. Andover, Massachusetts with a BS in Medical Technology and completed her MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has worked as a Medical Technologist for over 30 years. She started teaching Hematology and Pathophysiology in 2000 and found a new passion. She has taught in the MLS program at UMass Lowell and currently teaches Transfusion Medicine at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Maryland. She has worked in all areas of the clinical laboratory, but has a special interest in Hematology and Blood Banking. When she’s not busy being a mad scientist, she can be found outside riding her bicycle.

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Jeff SoRelle, MD is Assistant Instructor of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX working in the Next Generation Sequencing lab. His clinical research interests include understanding how lab medicine impacts transgender healthcare and improving genetic variant interpretation.

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Dan Milner, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer, ASCP: Dr. Milner completed his MD at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2000 and his residency/fellowship in Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology/Microbiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2005. Before joining ASCP, Dr. Milner spent 10 years at Harvard where he taught pathology, microbiology, and infectious disease; was the primary lead for infectious disease consultations in AP/CP; and was the recipient of numerous research grants in the areas of malaria and HIV. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Milner began working in Africa in 1997 as a medical student and has built an international reputation as an expert in cerebral malaria. In parallel with this, he has been heavily involved in pathology capacity building in many countries and, most notably, lead the team that built an anatomic pathology laboratory in Rwanda and Haiti for advance cancer diagnostics. In his current role, he leads all PEPFAR activities with ASCP, and leads the Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa Initiative. Dr. Milner is the author of over 135 publications and has presented national and internationally on his work in more than 20 countries.

Clare McCormick-Baw, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Microbiology at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She completed her Medical Microbiology fellowship in 2019 following completion of her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency in Temple, Texas at Baylor Scott and White. Prior to attending medical school in her home state of Louisiana at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, she defended her dissertation in Medical Bacteriology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2009. She has a passion for teaching about laboratory medicine in general and the best uses of the microbiology lab in particular.

Ben Dahlstrom is a recent graduate of the NorthShore University HealthSystem MLS program. He currently works as a molecular technologist for Northwestern University in their transplant lab, performing HLA typing on bone marrow and solid organ transplants. He graduated with a bachelors in Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and concurrently from the UIC Honors College. He discovered his passion for the lab through his experience in healthcare. His interests include microbiology, molecular, immunology, and blood bank.

Darryl Elzie, PsyD, MHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), has been an ASCP Medical Technologist for over 30 years and has been performing CAP inspections for 15+ years. He has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Ashford University, a Doctorate of Psychology from The University of the Rockies, and is a Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ). He is a Laboratory Quality Coordinator for Sentara Healthcare. Sentara Laboratory Services provides services for 12 full-service hospitals, five ambulatory care centers, and a large number of medical group practices. Dr. Elzie provides laboratory quality oversight for four hospitals, one ambulatory care center, and supports laboratory quality initiatives throughout the Sentara Healthcare system.

Taryn Waraksa, MS, SCT(ASCP) CM, CT(IAC), has worked as a cytotechnologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since earning her master’s degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2014. She returned to her alma mater to create and instruct a graduate-level course in “Cellular, Molecular, and Immuno Diagnostics,” as the field of cancer diagnostics requires a comprehensive theranostic approach. She is an ASCP board-certified Specialist in Cytotechnology with an additional certification by the International Academy of Cytology (IAC). She is also a 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty Honoree. Outside of her work, she is a certified rescue diver. Scuba diving in freshwater caverns is her favorite way to “rest my eyes from the microscope.”

Andrew Clark, PhD, D(ABMM) is an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Pathology, and Associate Director of the Clements University Hospital microbiology laboratory. He completed a CPEP-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at National Institutes of Health, and is interested in antimicrobial susceptibility and anaerobe pathophysiology.

Kirill Lyapichev, MD, FASCP, is a board-certified anatomical and clinical pathologist who completed 2 years of hematopathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is currently molecular genetic pathology fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center. During the time at MD Anderson, he was exposed to Dr. Miranda’s work on breast implants associated ALCL and was honored to be involved in several of his projects. In 2019, he published a paper in Modern Pathology: “A Proposal for Pathologic Processing of Breast Implant Capsules in Patients with Suspected Breast Implant Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.” This work was recognized with the Stout award at the 2020 USCAP meeting. Additionally, he is interested and involved in other research projects including neoplastic as well as non-neoplastic entities: MALT lymphoma, Castleman Disease, Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease, and others. In 2020 he was selected as one of ASCP’s 2020 Top 40 Under Forty. Follow him on Twitter: @KirillLyapichev.

Evi Abada, MD, MS is a Resident Physician in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center in Michigan. She earned her Masters of Science in International Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and is a global health advocate. Dr. Abada has been appointed to serve on the ASCP’s Resident’s Council and was named one of ASCP’S 40 under Forty honorees for the year 2020. You can follow her on twitter @EviAbadaMD.

Josh Klonoski, MD, PhD, is a chief resident at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, with a focus in neuroinfectious disease and global health. He has completed the first year of a neuropathology fellowship (out of sequence) and is in his final year of an anatomical and clinical pathology residency. Dr. Klonoski will return to the second neuropathology fellowship year in 2021 – 2022 and apply for a mentored clinical scientist research career development award (K08). The focus of his laboratory research is influenza and active projects include flu pneumonia, super-infections, encephalitis and oncolytic virotherapy.

Mohammad K. Mohammad, MD, is a resident physician at the department of Anatomical and Clinical pathology at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He entered the field of laboratory medicine in 2011 as a postdoctoral research associate working on National Institutes of Health-funded studies for developing novel surrogate biochemical laboratory markers of liver injury and investigating molecular mechanisms of hepatocyte toxicity caused by environmental toxins, in addition to gastric motility disorders. He is also interested in developing cell phone applications for patients’ education, health advocacy for patients with gastroparesis, and health disparities. Dr. Mohammad has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals with many presentations at regional, state and national meetings, and has received several prestigious awards. He currently serves as an ASCP Pathology Ambassador, and he is a 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty Honoree. In his free time, he enjoys painting & soccer. Follow his posts and feel free to share his posts on Twitter @MKMohammadMD

Phyu Thwe, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM is Technical Consultant/Technical Director of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC.

Dr. Richard Davis, PhD, D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)CM is a clinical microbiologist and regional director of microbiology for Providence Health Care in Eastern Washington. A certified medical laboratory scientist, he received his PhD studying the tropical parasite Leishmania. He transitioned back to laboratory medicine (though he still loves parasites!), and completed a clinical microbiology fellowship at the University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories in Utah before accepting his current position. He is a 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty Honoree.

Kelly Swails, MT(ASCP) graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. She worked in clinical laboratories for almost 20 years before joining the publication team at American Society for Clinical Pathology. Her first love is microbiology, but she enjoys all areas of the lab. She edits the Lab Medicine website as well as the Lablogatory blog.


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