Laboratory Director

sld-director Dr. A. Christian Whelen has been the Administrator for the Hawaii Department of Health State Laboratories Division since 2006, and oversees its operations. He received his B.S. degree in Microbiology from South Dakota State University in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of North Dakota in 1985. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps directing stateside and overseas microbiology labs at military medical centers, research institutes, and as the Executive Officer to the Army Chief Scientist. He completed a clinical microbiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in 1994, is board certified in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology by the American Board of Medical Microbiology, and holds a Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Director License. During 20 years of service, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Whelen earned the Legion of Merit, the Order of Military Medical Merit, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, and 3 Army Commendation Medals. Dr. Whelen’s past academic appointments include Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Assistant Professor of Laboratory Science at Mayo Medical School. He presently holds appointments in three departments at the University of Hawaii, has mentored 6 CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases fellows, and provided public health lab outreach opportunities for numerous graduate and undergraduate students through internships, research projects, lectures, and workshops. He has 1 patent and has authored 5 book chapters, 30 publications, and numerous abstracts and presentations. Dr. Whelen served six years on the Board of Directors for the Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists, including one year as President, and is currently a Member-at-Large on the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Board of Directors.