Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC
Dr. Lucy A. Perrone is a passionate, innovative leader of laboratory quality improvement programs and offers 18+ years’ experience building and leading multicultural, multi-disciplinary teams to strengthen health and laboratory systems.
Dr. Perrone was formerly the Director of Laboratory Systems Strengthening at the International Training and Education Center for Health and an Associate Professor of Global Health and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington. Since March 2022, Dr. Perrone is the Donald B. Rix Professor of Laboratory Quality, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Perrone is currently the Chair of the ISO 17043 -accredited and ISO 9001 certified Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing Program (CMPT), and the Director of the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management at the University of British Columbia where she leads the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s laboratory quality related programs. She holds a Bachelors of Biological Science from Fordham University, a Master’s of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Doctorate in Infectious Disease Pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Dr. Perrone’s research and practice focuses on a systems approach to clinical and public health issues such as ensuring patient access to quality diagnostic testing, diagnostic network optimization ad sustainability, and improving laboratory quality, systems and governance. In her career, Dr. Perrone has worked closely with foreign governments, NGOs, UN agencies, private industry, and country-based community partners to design, improve, and deliver human-centric tools, innovative processes, and services that improve the health of people in the communities where they live. Dr. Perrone is a passionate educator and a highly experienced designer and implementer of educational programs to produce competent laboratory professionals, transferring deep knowledge of infectious disease pathology, diagnosis, and disease surveillance, as well as corresponding practical interventions for optimal diagnostic testing service delivery at national scale.
Dr. Perrone values partnership and local empowerment to solve complex health problems. Dr. Perrone has applied these values in her work, cultivating effective, multi-disciplinary teams and bolstering local leadership to address complex health problems with projects in >25 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Perrone has published 25 peer reviewed manuscripts, two book chapters, and 23 publicly available public health practice products including national laboratory strategic plans, national laboratory policies and guidelines, and several successful several e-learning programs for health professionals to support workforce development.
- PhD, Infectious Disease Pathology, The University of Texas. 2006
- MSPH, Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, School Of Public Health And Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. 1999 – 2000
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Perrone’s academic public health practice focuses on improving health outcomes through improved diagnostic testing quality and capacity through strengthening health and laboratory systems and using effective quality improvement tools and approaches to improve diagnostic service delivery. Dr. Perrone’s practice work at the University of Washington has resulted in the development of many publicly available public health policies, guidelines, tools, and educational products developed in collaboration with numerous partners and stakeholders
and approved by Ministries of Health.
Current Projects In My Lab Include
There are several research projects pertaining to laboratory quality where I am recruiting student involvement and support:
- Quality assessment of COVID-19 testing
- Laboratory external quality assessment program data analysis and program impact evaluation
- Publication coordination support for a special issue journal publication on external quality assessment