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Hidden pitfalls with vast opportunities

Dr. Colleen Strain sits down with Dr. Melissa Ryan from Abbott Diagnostics to tackle the topic of “Hidden pitfalls with vast opportunities” in a rapid-fire dialogue and exchange.


Colleen Strain

Colleen Strain

Manager, Scientific Leadership and Education, Core Diagnostics

Abbott, Canada


Colleen Strain, PhD is a Scientific Manager for Global Scientific Leadership and Education at Abbott.  She is also on the scientific lead for the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence program and lead for the Executive Leadership Exchange program. As a champion for laboratory medicine, Colleen is passionate about driving healthcare excellence through scientific collaborations and partnerships, while maximizing value within healthcare.

Colleen’s professional and education focus on the strategic value of laboratory medicine within healthcare. Colleen is a corporate representative on the International Federations of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC)– Task Force on Outcome Studies in Laboratory Medicine and actively supports the IFCC Task Force for Corporate Members.

Colleen Strain reported the following relevant financial disclosures:

• Salary: Abbott

• Stocks/Bonds: Abbott

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan

Scientific Marketing Manager, Global Marketing

Abbott, USA


Melissa Ryan, DHSc is a Scientific Marketing Manager for Global Marketing at Abbott.  She is also on the operational lead for the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence program.

She is an experienced laboratory leader with over 10+ years’ experience in the anatomic pathology laboratory setting at academic medical centers such as Mayo Clinic, Rochester; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago and University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago.

Melissa earned her B.S. in Biology/Pre-Med from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota where she also was a college athlete.  She completed her Masters of Science Management (MSM) at Cardinal Stritch University, Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her Doctorate of Health Sciences (DHSc) at A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona.

She is a passionate champion of healthcare excellence and actively advocates for integrated clinical care teams that work across the care continuum to achieve measurably better healthcare performance.


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