Our
Speakers

Meet our exclusive group of distinguished speakers where you can update your knowledge, stimulate collaboration and exchange experience.

Mark A. Cervinski, PhD, DABCC

Director of Clinical Chemistry & Point-of-Care Testing, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH, USA
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Hanover, NH, USA

Dr. Cervinski is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Among diverse interests in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, Dr. Cervinski is currently focused on using patient data as a supplementary quality control strategy, as well as test utilization/optimization and finding efficiencies in delivering laboratory results.

Joe El-Khoury, PhD, DABCC, FAACC

Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory and Fellowship, Yale-New Haven Health New Haven, CT

Dr. El-Khoury is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at Yale School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and a fellow of the AACC Academy. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Biochemistry, as Chair of the IFCC Committee on Kidney Diseases, and on the Board of Directors for AACC. He recently launched his own YouTube channel, titled “Clinical Chemistry with Joe El-Khoury”, which infuses science with comedy and is focused on changing laboratory medicine practice.

Patricia M. Jones, PhD, DABCC, FAACC

Professor of Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Director, Chemistry and Metabolics & Mass Spectrometry, Children's Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Dr. Jones is the Clinical Director of the Chemistry and Metabolic Disease Laboratories at Children’s Health System, Dallas, TX, and Professor of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Jones has been a member of the AACC since 1986 and has served the association as President in 2016, on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division, Chair of the Texas Section, and secretary of the TDM/Toxicology Division. She currently serves as Chair of the Policy and External Affairs Core Committee.

Hisham Shams, MD, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer
Life Diagnostics Laboratories
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Shams obtained his bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Kasr El-Aini School of Medicine at Cairo University, followed by a residency in Clinical Pathology, and subsequently had a Clinical Master's degree and Clinical Ph.D. in Clinical Chemistry. He worked as a fellow in the National cancer institute, Cairo University, as the medical director of the laboratory medicine department in Saudi German Hospital Group, and as the chief medical officer of Alborg medical laboratories in the GCC. Dr. Shams is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of Life Diagnostics laboratories in the United Arab Emirates.

Rania Bedair, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer
Consultant Pathologist
Life Diagnostics Laboratories
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Bedair is a lecturer of Chemical Pathology at Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, Egypt. Currently, she is working as a consultant Pathologist and Chief Medical Officer at Life Diagnostics, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. After graduating from Alexandria University School of Medicine in 2003, Dr. Bedair joined the Chemical Pathology department as a resident where she completed her clinical attachment and received her master's and doctoral degrees in Chemical Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics. She was appointed as a consultant and lecturer of Chemical Pathology at Alexandria University. Dr. Rania has attended and participated in numerous scientific conferences and workshops in the field of laboratory medicine, newborn screening, and molecular diagnostics and has publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

Aaron Han, MD, PhD, FCAP

Assistant Chief Medical Officer and Head of Lab, Kings College Hospital Dubai
Visiting Professor, Mohammed bin Rashid University School of Medicine
Deputy Commissioner for UAE, College of American Pathologists
Vice President, Emirates Pathology Society
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Han is AP/CP board certified and has close to 30 years of general pathology practice. He has practiced in the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Dr. Han has an interest in cancer pathology and personalized medicine. He has previously served on the Point of Care Committee for the College of American Pathologists.

Heba N. Baz, MD, PhD

Professor, Clinical and Chemical Pathology
Cairo University
Giza, Egypt

Dr. Baz is a professor of Clinical and Chemical Pathology at Cairo University. her special interests are in the field of clinical chemistry and molecular basis of disease, with several publications, the most notable are related to reference ranges of biochemical tests in healthy individuals and genetic profiling of congenital adrenal hyperplasia among Egyptians.

Mari DeMarco, PhD, DABCC, FCACB

Clinical Chemist, St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care
Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Dr. DeMarco is a Clinical Chemist at Providence Health Care and a Clinical Associate Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. With a strong interest in bridging protein biochemistry and analytical chemistry, Dr. DeMarco’s research group focuses on building new biofluid tests for direct translation into patient care. A particular area of interest is advancing protein-based clinical diagnostics for neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of this program of research is to ensure that these new tools make the challenging jump from research into healthcare.

Thomas Durant, MD

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Chemical Pathology, Laboratory Medicine; Medical Director, Laboratory IT Services, Laboratory Medicine; Associate Director, ACGME Chemical Pathology Fellowship, Laboratory Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Dr. Durant is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and informatics researcher at the Yale School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Chemical Pathology and Laboratory Information Technology (IT) at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Associate Director for the ACGME Chemical Pathology Fellowship. He conducts applied laboratory medicine research with a pragmatic focus on quality care initiatives, laboratory outcomes, statistics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence applications in the context of pathology and clinical medicine. His primary research interests are in clinical informatics and using novel data management technology to better derive insight into the quality and overall operations of laboratories and patient care. Ongoing projects involve the investigation of stream processing of interface data for the purposes of automated sample identification for subsequent biobanking. Machine learning-related projects include the use of 'very deep' convolutional neural networks for the automated classification of digital images acquired in the clinical laboratory.

Hady Elkhodary, MD, PhD, MScHQ, PMP

Director of Laboratory Services and Outreach
American Hospital Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Elkhodary is a clinical pathologist and the current Laboratory Director of the American Hospital Dubai. Expert in laboratory automation, method development, validation, and integration of highly complex instruments. Currently, Dr. Elkhodary is leading the execution of the Total Laboratory Automation solution to build capacity and increase the throughput of laboratory services at the American Hospital. Dr. Elkhodary holds a Doctorate in Clinical & Chemical Pathology from Cairo University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality from Queen's University, Canada. In addition, Dr. Elkhodary is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Rania El-Sharkawy, MBChB, PhD

Professor, Chemical Pathology, Alexandria University Medical Research Institute
Head of the National Committee for Medical Laboratories Egyptian Accreditation Standard, General Authority for Healthcare Accreditation and Regulation
Alexandria, Egypt

Professor El-Sharkawy is a professor of chemical pathology, at Alexandria University Medical Research Institute. She also is the Head of the national committee for medical laboratories' Egyptian accreditation standard in the General Authority for Healthcare Accreditation and Regulation In which she chaired the committee which developed the national accreditation standards. Dr. El-Sharkawy is also the Vice President of the quality and accreditation committee of the hospital’s supreme council in the ministry of higher education. She participated in supervising the process of accreditation of 23 hospital clinical pathology labs all over Egypt. As well as developing national guidelines and harmonized protocols for the Egyptian laboratories in a trial to standardize the services provided by the medical laboratories

Hosam Fouad, MHA, BSc

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Life Diagnostics
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Hosam Fouad, MHA, BSc is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 15 years of experience in the diagnostics industry. He is a result-focused and effectual leader with a proven ability to deliver and sustain revenue and profit. With strong business acumen and comprehensive knowledge of the diagnostics market, he was able to achieve a proven track record of growing businesses for success.

Paul Jannetto, PhD, DABCC, MT (ASCP), FAACC

Director, Clinical Mass Spectrometry Lab, Clinical & Forensic Toxicology Lab, Metals Lab
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Dr. Jannetto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), where he serves as the Co-Director of the Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Clinical and Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, and the Metals Laboratory. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of Supply Chain Management. He earned his BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications, 16 book chapters, and over 90 abstracts/presentations at various national/international meetings.