Dr. Susan J. Leclair, PhD, CLS (NCA)

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Title: Chancellor Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Location: Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States

Dr. Susan J. Leclair, PhD, CLS (NCA), Chancellor Professor Emeritus with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in laboratory science.

With more than 50 years of industry experience to her credit, Dr. Susan J. Leclair was designated as a chancellor professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth since 2015.  Prior to this appointment, she held a number of positions at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, including as a chancellor professor from 2002 to 2015, professor of medical laboratory science from 1992 to 2001, an associate professor of medical laboratory science from 1984 to 1992, and as assistant professor of medical laboratory science from 1980 to 1984. A clinical laboratory scientist concentrating in hematology for the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. from 1979 to 1980, she previously served as an education coordinator and program director for the School of Medical Technology at The Miriam Hospital from 1972 to 1979. Dr. Leclair began her career as a medical laboratory scientist at the Union Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1968 to 1970 and as a supervisor in hematology for the Morton Hospital in Taunton, Massachusetts from 1970 to 1972.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Leclair pursued an education at Stonehill College, earning a Bachelor of Science in medical technology in 1968. She continued her academic efforts with a Master of Science in medical laboratory science in 1977 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Leclair concluded her studies at Walden University in 2001, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical hematology.

Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Dr. Leclair has participated in numerus endeavors outside her professional circles. Notably, she has contributed to the Southeastern Massachusetts Health Planning and Development, Inc as a member of the board of directors from 1975 to 1988 and president of the board from 1986 to 1989. She further held the role of instructor in hematology at the Brown University Program in Medicine from 1978 to 1980 and as a consultant to the Gateway Health Alliance from 1985 to 1987. Moreover, Dr. Leclair has flourished as a laboratory educator for several online groups and as a presenter of topics ranging from AIDS education to Bioethics.

Dr. Leclair found success with her written works as well, having held the post of editor in chief for the Clinical Laboratory Science journal from 2001 to 2008 and again from 2013 to 2015 and as editor of the Clinical Practice section of Clinical Laboratory Science from 1996 to 2000. An author of myriad peer reviewed articles in journals, various book chapters and hematology computer software, in 1999, she created and still directs the award-winning American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Consumer Information Response Team.

In addition to her primary vocation, Dr. Leclair remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her area of expertise. She has maintained involvement with the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science as a member of the board of directors from 2010 to 2013 and the director of consumer information since 2000. She was also active as the president of the Southeastern Massachusetts Society for Medical Technology from 1975 to 1976, the Massachusetts Association for Medical Technology from 1977 to 1978, the Central New England Society for Clinical Laboratory Science from 2004 to 2005, and Alpha Mu Tau Honor Fraternity from 1993 to 1995. From 1983 to 1985, Dr. Leclair was the chair of the American Society for Medical Technology Education and Research Fund, Inc.

In light of her exception undertakings, Dr. Leclair has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. In 2017, she was presented with a Hero of Medicine Award from the International Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Foundation, sponsored by Cure magazine and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Medical Laboratory Science.  She one of four clinical laboratory scientists to be the recipient of three Robin H. Mendleson Awards ,the highest award in her field. Dr. Leclair was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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