HistoTalks: NSH Podcasts

Women in Histology: Inspirational Women

March 31, 2017

In this fifth and final episode of NSH’s five part series, Women in Histology, we feature the stories of two inspirational NSH members who not only change the lives of patients in the lab,  but are also touching the lives of their local and global communities in work that they do outside the lab.  Your host for this episode is Lavinia Ray and she sat down with Beth Cox and Amanda Kelly.  See their bios below and enjoy the episode!


Lavinia Ray is the Pathology Supervisor at Southern Research and has made a tremendous impact in the field of histology and necropsy. She is a highly-dedicated professional who knows how to motivate her staff to strive for excellence and continue the learning process.


Beth Cox is a consultant with Premier, Inc, a healthcare improvement service, and assists Anatomic Pathology departments nationwide in managing growth and change. As a Specialist in Cytotechnology and a Histotechnologist, her specialties include workflow management, CLIA, CAP, and IHC validation. Beth is a frequent presenter on the state and national level and has held numerous board positions in the MSC and MSH. She has been an author in recent editions of Bancroft's Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques and Histotechnology, A Self-Instructional Text, and is active in the Global Health Outreach with medical missions to Managua, Nicaragua.


Amanda Kelley has a BS degree in Biology from St. Louis University.  She started her career as a microbiologist working for the USDA and had an opportunity in this lab to rotate between chemistry, Microbiology and Histology.  It was during this time she decided that her true love was histology and began her career that would bring her to her current role as the manager of the Dermatopathology Center at Washington University in St. Louis.  She became active in politics in the mid 2000’s when Missouri asked for state licensure of medical technicians but they refused to recognize histotechnicians and histotechnologists as professionals.  Since then she has  been a constant advocate for the profession, and has successfully helped shape policies that benefit histology and other important causes.

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