Kenneth Emancipator, MD, FASCP

Director of Companion Diagnostics
Merck Research Laboratories
Rahway, New Jersey

Kenneth Emancipator received his AB degree from Harvard University and his MD from St. Louis University. He completed his medical internship at Westchester County Medical Center and his pathology residency at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Emancipator began his career in academics, having served as Director of Clinical Chemistry at Cornell University and Beth Israel Medical Center. He subsequently migrated to the medical device industry, holding positions as Director of Medical Affairs for Bayer Diagnostics, Senior Director of Medical Affairs for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, and Senior Director of Medical Regulatory and Clinical Affairs at Abbott Molecular. He has also worked as an independent consultant to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries before joining Merck to lead its companion diagnostics program. He is considered an expert on medical device safety and personalized medicine.

Dr. Emancipator has a long history of leadership in the ASCP. He became a member of the Council on Clinical Chemistry in 1994, eventually serving as Chair from1998 until 2000. In 2001, Dr. Emancipator was elected to the Board of Governors of ASCP’s Board of Certification. He served on numerous committees, including the Board of Certification’s Finance Committee, to which he was appointed in 2003. In 2006, the Board of Governors elected Dr. Emancipator as the Board of Certification’s Financial Officer and, in this capacity, he also began serving on the ASCP Finance Committee. In 2009, he was elected Treasurer of the ASCP.

Dr. Emancipator has been a consistent contributor to ASCP’s educational programs, having presented 37 national meeting programs and three ASCP Teleconferences. In addition, he authored 10 educational articles in ASCP publications, including CheckSample, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, and LabMedicine. He also authored one of the online modules for the new Patient Safety Solutions Course in ASCP’s Maintenance of Certification program.