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 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.
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.
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.†