Women Leaders in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

In healthcare, it is estimated that while women make up 70 percent of the overall workforce, only 30 percent of those women hold healthcare leadership positions. Yet having women in leadership roles is critical to healthcare, in order to lessen gender bias, provide better outcomes for patients, and improve representation on promotion, tenure, or research committees.

In March 2021, ASCP celebrated Women’s History Month by spotlighting a few of the phenomenal women who are leaders within pathology and laboratory medicine. Each week we shared their insights about the profession, the challenges they’ve faced, and how we can support and encourage more women in leadership positions. I kicked off the month by sharing some of the lessons I've learned on my path to leadership. We hope you will join us in celebrating these and all women within pathology and laboratory medicine.

— Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP, MT(ASCP), ASCP President


Lisa Thrasher-Stallard, MLS(ASCP)
Be confident in yourself and your abilities, and maintain your self-esteem as a leader to minimize self-doubt, advises Lisa Thrasher-Stallard, MLS(ASCP). She shares some of her challenging experiences from her career in this Q&A.



Diana Kremitske, MHA, MS, MT(ASCP)
Women in the modern laboratory should take their opportunities to contribute to the healthcare team, says Diana Kremitske, MHA, MS, MT(ASCP). Read her interview and find out more about what she's learned on her path to leadership.



Lynnette Chakkaphak, MS, MT(ASCP)
In four decades in the laboratory, Lynnette Chakkaphak, MS, MT(ASCP), has witnessed the evolution of women in pathology and laboratory medicine. She shares her thoughts on how we can continue the upward trajectory of women in healthcare leadership in this Q&A.