Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, received the Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) Network’s Doctor of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual HPS Network Conference Dinner. Dr. Chen has a special interest in electron microscopy and problems related to coagulation.
Dr. Chen worked with James White, M.D., before his retirement to learn Dr. White’s electron microscopy technique for diagnosing Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. Upon Dr. White’s retirement, Dr. Chen took over the task of diagnosing people with HPS. He worked to make the electron microscopy test for HPS a CLIA-certified test. By doing so, he made the test, which previously was only available on a research basis, insurance-reimbursable. Now physicians who wish to test their patients for HPS can order the test commercially.
“Having a test physicians can more easily order, like so many other blood tests, will hopefully make it easier for people to obtain an accurate diagnosis,” said Donna Appell, President and CEO of the HPS Network, “We are so grateful to Dr. Chen for his work on our behalf. He has changed the diagnostic odyssey for our community forever! ”
About the Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network
The Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Inc. is a volunteer self-help, not-for-profit support group for people and families dealing with HPS and related disorders such as Chediak Higashi Syndrome. The HPS Network was founded in 1992 and incorporated in 1995. Its mission is to gather and disseminate information, to promote awareness and research, and to provide support to its members.