While still in the military in 1993, Christopher was selected to teach Microbiology at the Army’s Academy of Health Sciences, where he went on to influence the lives of over 700 MLT students per year during his time as an instructor. He also played a vital role in the academy’s contractual relationship with George Washington University, which allowed service members to receive college credit for their military schooling.
After his 21-year career in the US Army, he then served as a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment Inspector for the Texas Department of Health. Over four years, he performed more than 451 inspections, improving the quality of each lab he visited through approving and directing plans of correction. He has since taken his talents to the Christus Santa Rosa Health System, where in 2008 he began to revitalize work flow, staffing, and processes.
At his current position as Chemistry Supervisor at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, he continues to not only improve, but also teach and inspire students and laboratorians everywhere. His lab acts as a Phase II site for the University of Texas Health Science Center, St. Phillips College, Texas State University, and the US Navy. He also gives pro bono lectures about quality control, proficiency testing management, CLIA administration, and the CAP inspection process.
Christopher earned his BSc from Excelsior College (Albany, NY) and his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, MI). His dedication, creativity, and passion for clinical laboratory science has inspired us and many others.
Cardinal Health is honored to recognize him as a urEssential finalist for 2018.