What’s New at Warde?

2001, Volume 12, Number 1

When you call Warde Medical Laboratory with questions, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the new level of expertise that we provide on site. During the past year, we have added 3 new doctoral level staff at Warde Medical Laboratory to assist you in dealing with complex clinical and technical issues that arise from the esoteric testing we perform.

Our new administrative director is Dr. Richard Bak. Dr. Bak received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan in 1985. Since 1977, he has held several different positions of increasing responsibility at the Michigan Branch of SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories. These positions included Toxicology Supervisor, Toxicology Manager, Technical Director and finally Director of Operations. From 1985 through 1990, Dr. Bak provided expert testimony in over 200 cases involving pre-employment, criminal, or medical examiner drug testing. After 1990, he accepted positions in administration and was responsible for both the business and scientific aspects at the Michigan Branch of SmithKline Beecham. Dr. Bak is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Pharmaceutical Association. He is also a registered pharmacist in the State of Michigan. His extensive administrative and scientific experience makes him eminently qualified to serve as the Administrative Director of this Esoteric Laboratory. Dr. Bak is available daily to help with your questions about Warde Medical Laboratory.

This past Spring, Dr. Patrick Ng joined us as the Scientific Director for Forensic Urine Drug Testing at Warde Medical Laboratory. He joins Dr. Johnson who directs the Clinical and Medical Examiner Toxicology for the laboratory. Dr. Ng received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1985. For the past 15 years, Dr. Ng has been working in forensic toxicology including urine drug testing and medical examiner toxicology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Society of Forensic Toxicologists, American College of Forensic Examiners, and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Ng is a certified diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. Since 1993, Dr. Ng has served as a government expert witness in the U.S. Air Force Drug Testing Program and has considerable experience in testifying in forensic cases. Dr. Ng has already spoken to many of you about complex cases and welcomes your call whenever you have a question about urine drug testing.

Most recently, Dr. Dan Wiedbrauk joined us at Warde Medical Laboratory. Dr. Wiedbrauk received his Ph.D. in Virology from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. He served as a National Institutes of Health Staff Fellow in the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases at the NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana for two years. Dr. Wiedbrauk was a member of the faculties of Indiana University, in South Bend, Indiana, Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. From 1991 until this past November, Dr. Wiedbrauk worked at William Beaumont Hospital in several roles: Technical Director, Virology and Immunology Laboratories; Director, Pediatric Virology Research; and Technical Director, Microbiology and Virology Laboratories. In November 2000, Dr. Wiedbrauk became the Scientific Director, Virology and Molecular Biology at Warde Medical Laboratory. He has several publications in the field including a Chapter on Nucleic Acid Detection in the 1999 Text on “Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infections, and on Nucleic Acid Amplification Methods in the 2000 edition of the “Clinical Virology Manual”. Please welcome Dr. Wiedbrauk when you call us to ask about issues related to virology and molecular biology.