Don Giacherio, PhD, Retires After 38 Years of Service

By Lynn McCain | October 16 2020

Congratulations to Don Giacherio, PhD, who retired July 31, 2020, following 38 years of service in the University of Michigan Department of Pathology. Giacherio completed his PhD at the University of Illinois in 1980, followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic. In 1982, Giacherio joined the University of Michigan Department of Pathology as an Instructor in Pathology, advancing to Assistant Professor in 1986. He was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2004.

Giacherio held multiple leadership positions in the Department over his tenure, including Director of Academic Programs (1997-2002), Director of the General Chemistry Laboratory (1985-2002), Director of Point of Care Testing (1993-2015), Director of Chemical Pathology (1993-2020), Director of Laboratories for East Ann Arbor, Brighton Health Center, and Plymouth-Canton Health Center (1995-2015), and Director of Specimen Processing (2011-2020).  Giacherio has a long history of ongoing service, both within the Department and externally. He served in multiple leadership roles at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry from 1989 through 2018.  His list of service roles within the Department is too long to list, but a few more recent areas of service include the Pathology Relocation and Renovation Committee, House Officer Clinical Competency Committee, Clinical Pathology Operations Committee, Chest Pain Pathway Redesign Committee, Quality Assurance Committee and, most recently, the COVID-19 Serology Testing Working Group.

The Department recognized Giacherio’s service in a virtual Retirement Party on July 31, where remarks were given by Drs. Riccardo Valdez, Charles Parkos, Jeffrey Myers, Duane Newton, Laurie Greisinger, and Eric Vasbinder BS MT(ASCP).

“Don was a tremendous asset to the Department of Pathology and the clinical enterprise.  He will be sorely missed for his expertise, experience, and genuinely kind nature,” Valdez said.

In his retirement, Giacherio looks forward to spending more time with his family and completing his bucket list of goals he has put off too long. We thank Dr. Giacherio for his many years of service and wish him all the best in his retirement!