Title: Medical Laboratory Scientist
Company: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Katrina Holcomb, Medical Laboratory Scientist at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science.
With more than 14 years of laboratory research experience, Ms. Holcomb has excelled as a medical laboratory scientist, delivering blood to the hospital emergency department and working alongside doctors and nurses. She runs compatibility testing and supports up to 500 patients. Previous to her time with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, she served as a medical laboratory scientist with both Salem Health and Samaritan Health Services. Earlier, she executed the duties of a microbiology laboratory assistant for PeaceHealth Laboratories from 2014 to 2017 and was a research assistant in the Bowerman Laboratory at the University of Oregon from 2012 until 2014.
Ms. Holcomb earned a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2019, notably receiving the outstanding Medical Laboratory Scientist Student of the Year award, as well as the Betsy Baptist Scholarship and Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship. Moreover, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in molecular, developmental, and cellular biology from the University of Oregon in 2014 and an associate degree in clinical laboratory science from the College of Southern Idaho in 2010. She intends to continue her education to pursue a master’s degree, as well as gain certification as a specialist in blood banking.
Committed to making a positive impact on health care and assuring excellence in the field of laboratory medicine, Ms. Holcomb proudly serves as president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. As a member of a government action committee that lobbies the U.S. Congress on behalf of her profession, she is seeking the passage of a bill that would provide up to $50,000 in student loan forgiveness for college graduates in clinical laboratory fields. Ms. Holcomb attributes her success to her hard work and being willing to make change in the community.
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