James C. Dohnal, PhDDepartment of Pathology
Director, Biochemistry


  • Postgraduate:  PhD, Biochemistry, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Research interests include the use of amniotic fluid testing to predict fetal lung maturity, the use of biochemical markers in prostate cancer and the use of computers and automation to improve the production and application of laboratory testing in healthcare.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations/Activities

In his position at NorthShore University HealthSystem he is responsible for administrative, regulatory and technical issues across the four hospital and seven clinic-based laboratories of the NorthShore University HealthSystem system. Prior posts held at NorthShore University HealthSystem since his hiring in June of 1978 include Assistant Director of Biochemistry, Director of Laboratory Records Office and Director of Laboratory Administration. He is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Scholarly Work

Publications in Peer-Review Journals:

  1. Lind SE, Caprini JA, Goldshetyn S, Dohnal JC, Vesely SK and Shevrin DH.  Correlates of Thrombin Generation in Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer. Thromb Haemost 2003, 89:185-9.
  2. McDade TW, Burhop J, Dohnal JC.  High-Sensitivity Enzyne Immunoassay for C-Reactive Protein in Dried Blood Spots. Clin Chem 2003, 50:652-4.
  3. Neerhof, MG, Dohnal, JC, Ashwood, ER, Lee, I, Anceschi, M.  Lamellar Body Counts: A Consensus on Protocol. Obster Gynecol 2001,97:318-320.
  4. Dalence CR, Bowie LJ, Dohnal JC, Farrell EE, Neerhof MG.  Amniotic Fluid Lamellar Body Count: A Rapid and Reliable Fetal Lung Maturity Test. Obstet Gynecol 1995,86:235-239.
  5. Bowie LJ, Shammo J, Dohnal JC, Farrell E, Vye M.   Lamellar Body Number Denstiy and the Prediction of Respiratory Distress. Am J Clin Path 1991,95:781-786.
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