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Dr. Denise Uettwiller-Geiger

An early adopter of automated technology, Denise Uettwiller-Geiger has overcome the many challenges of the hospital setting. By balancing new technology, new processes and the talents of the staff, she has the vision to improve productivity, decrease turnaround times and enhance patient safety.

Dr. Denise Uettwiller-Geiger

For over 25 years, Denise Uettwiller-Geiger, PhD, has advanced quality and workflow in the clinical laboratory. She currently serves as a Clinical Chemist and Director of Clinical Trials for Mather Hospital Northwell Health in Port Jefferson, New York. During her time there, she has pioneered the implementation of cutting-edge and novel testing strategies and algorithms. For example—as an early adopter of automated technology—she created the first hands-off automated robotic laboratory in 2001.

Dr. Uettwiller-Geiger has an unrelenting passion for innovation and patient safety, regularly sacrificing her own time for the sake of the clinic. The results of her work have increased laboratory efficiency—improving patient care and safety and optimizing the quality, speed, and accuracy of patient test results.

In 2007, she was quick to recognize the need to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) and saw an opportunity to do so with MRSA HAIs. With her surveillance screening program, she implemented advanced, rapid PCR screening to speed up accurate cohorting of patients, which reduced infection rates by 84% from 2007 to 2015 and reduced the cost of infection by over $1.7 million.

Laboratory Professional of the Year