Medical Technologist with both MT and SH (ASCP) certification with 18 years of experience in flow cytometry.
Adhered to established laboratory and hospital policies in areas of procedures, methods, quality control, quality assurance, safety, compliance and personnel policies.
Followed established procedures for the processing of specimens for analysis including verifying the appropriateness and stability of the sample and choosing the proper panel to perform based on diagnostic history and review of cell morphology.
Performed qualitative and quantitative analytical procedures according to established protocols with precision and accuracy in a timely and efficient manner including staining, acquisition and analysis of samples for immunophenotyping of blood, bone marrow, body fluids and tissues.
Assumed responsibility for supervision of the section on a temporary basis as delegated especially on Saturdays.
Conducted or assisted with test development and methodology/equipment evaluation including evaluation of BCR/ABL kit, MUM1 assay, CD7/CD13&33/CD19/CD56 cocktail improvement, and CD123 testing.
Acted as resource person for evaluation of cell morphology
Interacted with all laboratory personnel, physicians and customers courteously and professionally.
Maintained in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and instruments and their interrelationships as well as physiological conditions affecting test results.
Operated and maintained equipment, perform quality control checks, preventive maintenance, and performed minor repairs as necessary.
Able to recognize critical, abnormal and unacceptable test results and follow-up according to established protocols. Able to recognize factors that affect measurements and results and initiate the necessary corrective action according to established protocols.
Identified problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, supplies, or results and took action as outlined in predetermined protocols.
Trained new employees, students and residents, as applicable and as assigned.
Supervisd a research lab for a UPMC Pathologist which performed pre-market clinical evaluations on Beckman Coulter Instruments, including Hematology analyzers and Flow Cytometers, reagents, controls and software, for Algorithm development and 510 K submissions to the FDA.
Evaluated accuracy and performance of test products by comparison to reference methods, including WBC differentials and flow cytometric testing.
Supervised a part-time staff of 16 Medical Technologists who assisted in performing the testing, and obtaining specimens from the Clinical Laboratories.
Wrote, revised and submitted test protocols to the University of Pittsburgh's Institutional Review Board and Clinical Trials Office
1985-1986: Senior Technologist, Immunology Lab - Performed Immunology procedures including specimen preparation for flow cytometry
1980-1985: Assistant Supervisor, Hematology Lab – Duties included reviewing daily quality control, evaluation of employees, reviewing abnormal WBC differentials, developing and implementing new tests in special hematology, updating procedure manual, overseeing Medical Technology students during their hematology rotation, troubleshooting equipment and procedures. Also did differential counts and cytochemical stains on bone marrow smears and gave continuing education lectures to students and staff.
1977-1980: Medical Technologist, Hematology Lab – Performed routine and special hematology procedures on blood, bone marrow and body fluids.
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