Pathologists and the Laboratory: Reaping the Value of Team-based Care

Event Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 01:00 PM CDT/ 2:00 PM EDT

When pathologists work collaboratively with other clinical specialists including the clinical laboratory, the results typically include improved patient care, better adherence to quality standards, and lower costs. This webinar will explore the value of team-based care between pathologists, other clinical specialists, and the laboratory, providing examples hospitals can employ and transfer to other parts of the organization. The session will cover diagnostic protocols and guidelines developed by pathologists and oncologists, designed to improve patient care and outcomes while helping physicians make more informed diagnostic and treatment decisions. Participants will also learn how a multidisciplinary task force helped Cleveland Clinic achieve more than $2 million in cost avoidance by focusing on test utilization to support best practices and boost patient satisfaction.


Elizabeth Hammond

Elizabeth Hammond, MD, FCAP, is a consulting pathologist with Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah, and professor of pathology and adjunct professor of internal medicine (cardiology) at the University of Utah. Dr. Hammond has had extensive leadership experience. She was the president of the Utah Society of Pathologists; president of the medical staff at LDS Hospital; chair of the Department of Pathology at Intermountain Healthcare (UCR) in Salt Lake City, Utah; and vice chair for translation research in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. She also served as vice chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Group Banking Committee and as a member of the Cancer Diagnosis Program (NCI) Cancer Biomarkers Advisory Panel. She is an instructor in the Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement at Intermountain Healthcare led by Dr. Brent James. She devotes most of her professional time to healthcare quality improvement activities.

Gary W. Procop

Gary W. Procop, MD, MS is Chairman of the Department of Molecular Pathology, Section Head of Molecular Microbiology, and Director of Mycology, and Parasitology at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training at Duke University Medical Center and a Clinical Microbiology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and Medical Microbiology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has given more than 470 scientific presentations, and has 153 published manuscripts, 29 chapters, and one book to his credit. He is an Officer and Trustee of the American Board of Pathology, and Chair of the Microbiology Test Development Committee for the Board. He is also a Member of Conferences Committee and Awards Committees for the American Society for Microbiology. He is the Chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee for the College of American Pathologists. His primary interests are the practical applications of molecular diagnostic methods for the diagnosis and treatment of infections; infectious disease pathology; mycology; and parasitology.

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