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.

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Lisa Stempak, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Medical Microbiology. Currently, she oversees testing performed in both the Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratories. Her interests include infectious disease histology, process and quality improvement, and resident education.

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Sharleen Rapp, BS, MB(ASCP)CM graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She currently is a Molecular Diagnostics Coordinator in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Nebraska Medicine where she is responsible for running and maintaining clinical assays, as well as testing and implementing new assays into the molecular lab. The aspects of her job that Sharleen enjoys the most are the ever-changing atmosphere of molecular diagnostics, the chance to evaluate new technologies, and teaching the residents, fellows and clinical laboratory scientist students that rotate through the lab.

Constantine E. Kanakis, MSc, MLS(ASCP)CM is a board certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and one of ASCP’s 2017 Top 40 Under Forty. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BS in Molecular Biology and Bioethics and then Rush University with an MS in Medical Laboratory Science. His graduate research focused on novel biochemical interventions for hematopoietic stem cell transplants and engraftment; his clinical roles included generalist, transplant/transfusion, QA/QC, and hematology. He also managed clinical education and led a CAP inspection response team. His professional memberships include APHA, ASCP, ASCLS, and UCS. With ASCP he has completed the Advanced Certificate in Medical Laboratory Management through Lab Management University, been featured in ASCP’s Stories from the Heart Series, and been recognized nationally as a top-ten medical student with the ASCP Academic Achievement Award. He is also an ASCP Social Media Ambassador and is currently a medical student conducting his clinical clerkship rotations at Bronx-Care Hospital Center in New York, NY.

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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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Troy G. Krieger, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSCYMCMQLSCMCLS(MT) graduated from Montana State University Billings with a BS in Biology, Medical Laboratory Science option. He received a NAACLS Certificate and clinical training from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where he also received his Master’s degree. He is a Medical Laboratory Scientist / Flow Cytometrist at Yellowstone Pathology Institute, Inc in Billings, MT and his interests include Hematology, Immunopathology, and Flow Cytometry.

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Jeff SoRelle, MD is a Chief Resident of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. His clinical research interests include understanding how the lab intersects with transgender healthcare, advancing quality in molecular diagnostics. And because there are so many interesting questions in the world, he also works in basic science discovering the genetics of allergic disease, which he began an as HHMI fellow in medical school.

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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.

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Kyle Nevins, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM is one of ASCP’s 2018 Top 5 in the 40 Under Forty recognition program. She has worked in the medical laboratory profession for over 18 years, and is currently employed at Northwell Health Laboratories on Long Island, NY. In her current position as a Laboratory Supervisor for the Northwell Consulting Team, she transitions between performing laboratory audits across the entire Northwell Health System, consulting for at-risk laboratories outside of Northwell Health, bringing laboratories up to regulatory standards, and acting as supervisor and mentor in labs with management gaps.

Multidisciplinary Case Scenarios are designed by Dr. Maryam Zenali MD and Christopher Anker MD. Maryam J Zenali, MD is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center. Dr. Zenali practices surgical pathology and specializes in gastrointestinal and liver pathology. She is committed to teaching pathology residents and nationally serves as a member of the ASCP In-Service Examination committee. Additionally, Dr. Zenali has expertise in the area of dental pathology, provides clinical service in this field and enjoys teaching dental residents.

Christopher J. Anker, MD is an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Vermont Cancer Center, where he serves as Associate Director for the gastrointestinal cancer team. Nationally, he is on the NRG Oncology Gastrointestinal Committee, through which he helps bring the most promising clinical trials to patients in the UVM network. Dr. Anker enjoys teaching, and received the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Educator of the Year Award in 2013. He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, and has received awards recognizing him as an outstanding peer reviewer for radiation oncology’s most respected journals. His research interests in personalized and precision medicine are supported by several research grants, and in 2018 he received the UVM Medical Group Junior Researcher of the Year award.
Multidisciplinary scenarios are primarily authored by Drs. Zenali and Anker; each case also includes contributions from collaborating co-author(s), who is/are acknowledged in the corresponding authors list.

Dana Razzano, MD is a Chief Resident in her third year in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center and will be starting her fellowship in Cytopathology at Yale University in 2020. She was a top 5 honoree in ASCP’s Forty Under 40 2018 and was named to The Pathologist’s Power List of 2018. Follow Dr. Razzano on twitter @Dr_DR_Cells.

Cory Nash is a board certified Pathologists’ Assistant, specializing in surgical and gross pathology. He graduated with a Master of Science degree from Rosalind Franklin University in 2015, and upon graduating, briefly worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Cory than transitioned over to his current role as a Pathologists’ Assistant at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His job involves the macroscopic examination, dissection and tissue submission of surgical specimens, ranging from biopsies to multi-organ resections. Cory has a special interest in head and neck pathology, as well as bone and soft tissue pathology. Cory can be followed on twitter at @iplaywithorgans.

Junaid Baqai, MD was born in Chicago, IL but spent most of his life in Karachi, Pakistan. He came to the United States after graduating from one of the most oldest and prestigious medical college in Pakistan, DOW Medical College. He did his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from Danbury Hospital, CT followed by hematopathology fellowship from William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan and oncologic-surgical pathology fellowship from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York. Throughout his training, he has been extensively involved in teaching residents, medical students, and undergraduates. He is currently board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and hematopathology. He has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois College of Medicine. He also serves as Medical Director of hematology, coagulation and flow cytometry at Memorial Medical Center and Medical Director of Laboratory at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, spending time with family, and traveling.

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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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