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George Cembrowski
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George Cembrowski, MD, PhD, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and his MD from the University of Calgary. Dr. Cembrowski is currently the Director of Medical Biochemistry, Regional Laboratory Services, Capital Health Authority, Edmonton, Alberta. He was previously Laboratory Director at Park Nicollet Clinic, Minneapolis (a 15 site multi-specialty group practice). He has served as an Expert Panel Member for the Centers for Disease Control and the College of American Pathologists, consultant to numerous in vitro diagnostic companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, Dr. Cembrowski has been recruited as a quality expert for seminars and conventions throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of Laboratory Quality Management (Am Soc Clin Path) as well as numerous scientific and technical articles.

Neill Carey
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Neill Carey received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University in 1972. From then until 1977, he was Associate Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratories at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 1977 he has been Clinical Chemist at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Although his primary focus is laboratory supervision, he has continued to work with his colleagues from the University of Wisconsin, and with others, in the area of quality management, especially method evaluation, and internal and external quality control. He has co-authored scientific papers, textbook chapters, and a book on these topics. Neill has served on NCCLS committees on method evaluation protocols, and is chairman of the Subcommittee on User Demonstration of Performance for Precision and Accuracy. He is a co-presenter of the longest-running scientific workshop at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting, ďConcepts and Practices in the Evaluation of Laboratory Methods. Neill has served on numerous cross-functional teams at Peninsula Regional, one of which won the Presidentís Quality Cup for 2000. He is currently advisor for statistics and control charting to the hospitalís quality improvement teams.

Lucie Berte
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Ms. Berte is currently a consultant on quality system implementation in the health system arena, preparing and presenting training programs on quality system models in clinical systems, laboratory medicine, and blood banking. She also presents training programs in preparing written policy, process, and procedure documents for clinical systems and quality manuals. Ms. Berte is also a certified instructor for Information Mapping, an inoovative method for analyzing, organizing, and presenting information.

Ms. Berte has many years of experience as a laboratory quality assurance director and transfusion service manager, and has extensive experience as a workshop presenter on topics in laboratory quality management, quality systems, document development, and training. She has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books and has been a frequent teleconference speaker. She is registered as a medical technologist, a specialist in blood banking, and diplomate in laboratory management by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and is certified as a quality auditor and quality manager by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). She serves as a volunteer member of working committees of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the ASCP.

Ron Schifman
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Dr. Schifman trained in Clinical Pathology at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and is board certified in Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology. He is chief of the Diagnostics Service Line at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) which includes pathology, laboratory medicine, imaging and nuclear medicine. He is responsible for laboratory medicine resident training in Clinical Pathology at the SAVAHCS.† Dr. Schifmanís major interests are medical microbiology, quality management and medical informatics. He is active in health services research. He chairs the Informatics Committee and Research and Development Committee at the SAVAHCS, and chairs the VA regional network Care Management and Diagnostic Support Workgroup.† Dr. Schifman has served as consultant to the Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, FDA, Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists and national Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards.† He is past Chairman of the Council on Microbiology, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and past Vice Chairman of the Quality Practices Committee.† He is also past member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Test Material Development Committee for Pathology, National Board of Medical Examiners.† He has contributed to numerous textbooks.†