The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) regrets to announce that Deirdre DeSantis Parsons, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Department of Medical and Research Technology, has passed away.
Ms. Parsons held a long and distinguished career at UMSOM as a medical laboratory scientist and educator. She served as program director of the UMSOM Medical Laboratory Science Program, the largest of four programs in the State of Maryland and one of the two largest in the Mid-Atlantic region. She served as the Course Coordinator for undergraduate courses including, Immunohematology (Blood Banking), Professional Development and the Comprehensive Review Course, which includes oversight of student clinical practicums in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Immunohematology.
“Ms. Parsons was an outstanding and passionate educator,” said UMSOM Dean Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who is also the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor. “We are very saddened by the passing of Ms. Parsons. She was dedicated and tireless in her work that helped drive the undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science Program toward many significant accomplishments.
During her distinguished academic career Ms. Parsons received several professional awards, including awards for excellence in teaching that were presented by graduating classes. Ms. Parsons has served on numerous SOM committees and is an advisory Board Member on Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Programs in the area.
Ms. Parsons received her B.S. in Medical Technology in 1984 from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and an M.S. degree in Allied Health in 1990 from the University of Connecticut. In 1992, Ms. Parsons received her Specialist Certificate in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine from New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. She is certified as both a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Specialist in Blood Banking by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). At UMSOM, Department of Medical and Research Technology, Ms. Parsons served as Assistant Professor and Course Director and in 2002 was named Program Director for the undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science Program.
“We will always be grateful for Deirdre Parson’s immeasurable contributions and the legacy she left for the UMSOM Medical Technology Program. She was passionate about her work and committed to our students,” said Sanford A. Stass, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Department of Medical and Research Technology.
A viewing will be held on Feb. 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6;00 to 8:00 pm at the Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Funeral services will be held on Feb. 15 at 10:00 am at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Click Here for more details and to access Ms. Parson's obitiuary
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