Dana Powell Baker, MBA, M.S., MLS(ASCP)cm
Dana Powell Baker, MBA, M.S., MLS(ASCP)cm, is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. A medical laboratory scientist certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Baker's areas of expertise include immunohematology, learning and development, interprofessional education, diversity awareness and health care simulation. Her teaching responsibilities include immunohematology and advanced laboratory operations.
In 2016, Baker was recognized as a "40 Under Forty" Top Five honoree by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in recognition of contributions made to the laboratory profession. In 2019, she received the society's Member Excellence in Education Award in addition to being named as a 40 Under 40 honoree by her undergraduate alma mater, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. As one of the first two African American recipients in this award category, Baker was named a Voices Under 40 award recipient by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science in 2020. Other recognitions include Keys to the Future, Omicron Sigma, and the Scientific Assembly Professional Achievement Award in Immunohematology from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
Baker has been highlighted by other professional organizations, such as the AABB (formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks) for her voluntary contributions in both service and leadership on various committees and task forces in promoting the clinical laboratory science profession.
Currently, Baker serves on the Council of Laboratory Professionals for the American Society for Clinical Pathology and actively engages in the mentorship of emerging laboratory science professionals. Locally, she is an active member of the Heart of America Association for Blood Banks and the Kansas City Regional Simulation Alliance while serving with the Kansas constituent society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
Baker earned her bachelor of science degree in medical technology from Georgia Southern University. In 2012, she completed a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resource management. Subsequently, Baker obtained a master of science degree in health care simulation from the University of San Francisco.
She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction.
Education and Training
- BS, Medical Technology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
- MBA, Human Resource Management, Keller Graduate School of Management, Atlanta, Georgia
- MS, Healthcare Simulation, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
- Medical Laboratory Scientist, American Society for Clinical Pathology
Areas of research interest include the integration of simulation-based education into the undergraduate clinical laboratory science program curriculum. Others areas of research interest are focused on championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic areas such as healthcare simulation and preparing future healthcare practitioners to provide quality care across diverse patient populations.