Title: Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Company: Houston Methodist Hospital
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Cora Lee Straker, Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Houston Methodist Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine.
Ms. Straker is a laboratory scientist with more than four decades of experience in clinical and medical settings. A gifted student with a natural passion for science, Ms. Straker developed an interest in her field as a high school student after babysitting for a local medical laboratory technician. By the time she entered eleventh grade, Ms. Straker was working part-time at a local hospital, and was encouraged to pursue a career in the field by the laboratory staff. She attended the St. Michael School of Medical Technology, earning a medical technologist credential in 1975, and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Texas the same year. Between 1977 and 1981, Ms. Straker was a blood bank supervisor and medical technology teacher.
In 1981, Ms. Straker became the phlebotomy supervisor at Wadley Regional Hospital, where she remained until 1985, when she completed her Master of Business Administration at Texas A&M University. The same year, Ms. Straker began a second career in the insurance industry, working as an executive trainee at Metropolitan Life Insurance, and since 1987, she has been a sales manager for Kentucky Central Life Insurance and resident manager for American Capital Financial Service in addition to her work in medicine. She was named Assistant Chief Medical Technologist at the University of Texas Cancer Hospital in 1987, and has been a clinical laboratory scientist at Houston Methodist Hospital since 2011. Throughout her career, Ms. Straker has continued to teach other medical professionals, including presentations and phlebotomy classes at MD Anderson Cancer Center and four years as an anatomy and physiology and medical transcription instructor at Houston Community College. In recognition of her work, Ms. Straker was presented with an Excellence in Education Award by MD Anderson, among other honors. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Association for Female Executives, and looks forward to retiring from medicine in the coming years to focus on her work in insurance and financial services.
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