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Edward James Edmonds

Education: Tri-service School of Histotechnology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.

Facilities worked at:

Histologist, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York — Current (Intermittent position)

Histologist, 4T0X2, US Air Force — 2002 to 2007

  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (now Joint Pathology Center), Washington D.C.
  • Ehrling Bergquist Hospital Offutt AFB, Nebraska
  • Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany

Combined experience:

  • Accessions surgical, cytological, and autopsy specimens.
  • Prepares specimens for fixation, dehydration, and impregnation processes by automatically sending specimens through a series of formalins, alcohols, clearing agents, and paraffin using modern laboratory processing equipment.
  • Embeds tissue and prepares paraffin blocks for microtomy using AFIP standards.
  • Prepares microscope slides for routine H&E staining as well as specials stains.
  • Prepares specimen(s) for rapid diagnosis using cryostat.
  • Assists pathologist(s) during autopsy.
  • Prepared remains for transfers to mortuary, including cleaning and closing all incisions.
  • Maintains all surgical, cytological, and autopsy specimen records, included filing and storing of paraffin blocks and stained tissue slides by accession number.
  • Prepares and ships blocks, slides and diagnostic reports to various military and civilian medical facilities.
  • Maintains all surgical and autopsy instruments to include: routine cleaning of microtomes, processing equipment, and the laboratory area.
  • Performs quality assurance.
  • Evaluates current and new procedures for implementation and effectiveness.
  • Monitors specimen handling, cutting, and staining quality as well as equipment and controlled substances inventory.
  • Assists in maintaining accreditation standards (CAP and JACHO)


  • Part of a team that maintained a 1.2 day turn-around time, technical knowledge with non-gynecological cytology specimen processing.
  • Helped earn laudatory comments from the College of American Pathologists inspectors for having “the best laboratory ever seen” by spearheading the automation of all anatomic pathology paperwork.
  • Assisted with autopsies at the Dover AFB, DE mortuary, the main mortuary for the US military.

Related experience:

  • Trained and supervised new histology technicians transitioning them from the academic setting to real-world laboratory environment.
  • Experience with day-to-day requirements of running a successful histology laboratory including ordering supplies, reconciliation of supply accounts, troubleshooting processing equipment, hazardous waste disposal, quality control, processing day-to-day operations paperwork, special stains.
  • Performed grossing duties for routine specimens at a large facility (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany)
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Electron microscopy
  • Experience with CoPATH and CHCS and VISTA.
  • Ability to adapt during automatic equipment failure: technical know-how with preparing routine and special stains by hand.