The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has selected Roger L. Bertholf, PhD, to serve as the new Editor-in-Chief of LabMedicine, the society’s journal for laboratory professionals. Bertholf is Professor of Pathology at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

ASCP conducted a national search and chose Bertholf for the post based on his career-long engagement with laboratory professionals, his academic achievements, and his previous publications experience as an editorial board member on scientific journals. He also served as co-editor of the reference work Chromatographic Methods in Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology.

Bertholf earned a doctorate degree in biochemistry and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He succeeds Frank Wians, Jr., PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB, who retired from the position in December 2011 after seven years as Editor-in-Chief.

ASCP also welcomes Michelle Hoffman, MBA, as the new Director of Scientific Journals. She will develop strategies to improve the impact of ASCP’s three journals, American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP), LabMedicine, and Critical Values, in part through the use of emerging social media and mobile applications. This effort will enhance the online communities for pathologists, pathology residents, and laboratory professionals. Her first challenge is to work with staff and volunteers to implement recommendations for LabMedicine, which include a comprehensive website; interactive forums; fresh content including podcasts of key interviews; and active links to important information sites like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hoffman served previously as Editorial Director, Pharmaceutical Drug Development and Manufacturing Group at Advanstar Communications; Editor-in-Chief of Pharmaceutical Technology; Senior Science Editor for Harvard Medical School; and has been on the news or editorial staffs of Science and CELL. Hoffman studied molecular biology at Brown University, Providence, RI, and Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Source: ASCP