Dr. McLane has had an impact on thousands of students in the clinical laboratory sciences, many of whom now serve in professional leadership positions throughout the U.S. and the world.
The distinguished career of Mary Ann McLane, PhD, MLS(ASCP) spans both the clinical and academic settings. Her passions for the profession and development of clinical laboratory scientists is evidenced by the recognition she has received. She has been presented with the Excellence in Teaching award (2002) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Professor of the Year – Delaware (2010). Dr. McLane views the success of her students as an extension of her own patient care record.
A professor in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Delaware, Dr. McLane’s passion for education spans beyond the classroom. She is currently utilizing an NIH grant to develop virtual clinical laboratory experiences across a variety of testing disciplines. To increase the robustness of critical thinking exercises for MLT/MLS programs nationally, Mary Ann is partnering with the Athena Corporation on animated online courses.
During the past four decades, she has been a highly prolific author, speaker, educator and leader in professional societies. She has utilized her national platform as a vehicle for advancing the profession. Her “Provide the Face” program was designed to educate the clinical community on who the professionals are behind laboratory testing. Mary Ann also played an instrumental role in influencing laboratory organizations to change the name of the last week in April to Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Her motivation behind this effort was to showcase lab personnel, not the location of the work.
Dr. McLane’s commitment to both clinical laboratory science and to education is extensive and impressive. In the words of a colleague who nominated Dr. McLane, “She stands out as someone who is willing to get involved wherever she was needed. In her roles as an educator and professional leader, Dr. McLane has had an impact on thousands of students in the medical laboratory sciences, many of whom now serve in professional leadership positions throughout the U.S. and the world.”
She received her PhD in Physiology and MSc in Medical Technology Education from Temple University (Philadelphia PA), and a BSc in Medical Technology from Neumann University (Aston PA).
As Dr. McLane’s nominator states, “True leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders. I believe this is her legacy.” Cardinal Health agrees and is pleased to recognize Dr. Mary Ann McLane as a finalist for the 2017 urEssential Award.