Celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Morayma Reyes

Happy National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

The week of April 20-26 is an exciting time for laboratory professionals who have played an important and vital role in delivering excellent medical service to patients in the United States. Due to the fact that most of their work is conducted behind the scenes, not many people are aware of their hard work and dedication in achieving accurate test results. For this reason, the National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) is dedicated to recognizing and honoring all 300,000 professional pathologists throughout the country.  

Given that it’s Lab Week, and Women’s History Month just passed, below I have included a list of notable women who have left their mark in the field of medical laboratory.

Alessandra Gilliani is known to be one of the first women and prosectors to employ the use of colorful injections in order to trace blood vessels. Born in medieval Europe, Alessandra was very skilled in recognizing and dissecting all parts of the body. The art of identifying parts of the circulatory system by injecting colorful liquids in the veins is mostly accredited to her experiments and skill set.

Further down in history we have Dr. Marjorie Zucker, an established American Red Cross Researcher who is famous for her discovery of the ingestion of aspirin and its negative effect on the palet secretion. Dr. Zucker graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, and has been working in the field of Pathology for almost 50 years.

Dr. Inga Nilssion surfaced in the 1950s and has been working with people who suffer from von Willebrand disease. Dr. Nilssion is best known for her research in treating hemophilia. Her outstanding model of prophylactic treatment has become the pillar of building medical treatments worldwide. 

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is supported and sponsored by:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • AACC
  • AABB
  • American Medical Technologists
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Cytopathology
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • CLMA
  • College of American Pathologists
  • National Society for Histotechnology