v M.S. Medical Technology, September 1990, Majoring in Microbiology/ImmunologyState University of New York at Buffalo, New York
Thesis: Identification of a Marker Protein for Invasive Strains of Candida albicans
v B.S. Medical Technology, May 1985, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
v A.A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology, May 1983, Alfred State College, Alfred, New York
v A.A.S. Chemical Technology, May 1982, Alfred State College, Alfred, New York
General Microbiology, Human Biology, Pathophysiology, Clinical Applications Lab, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis, Body Fluids, Parasitology.Professional Experience:
8/97 to Present ALFREDSTATE COLLEGE Alfred, New York
Full Professor (08/04 to present)
Associate Professor (5/02 to 8/04)
Assistant Professor (8/97 to 5/02)
5/90 to 8/97 F.F. THOMPSON HOSPITAL Canandaigua, New York
Medical Technologist, Generalist (8/97 to present per diem)
Responsible for performing routine laboratory tests which include rotation through microbiology, hematology, and coagulation.
Supervisor of Information Systems and Ancillary Services (1/96 to 8/97)
Responsible for daily work flow, performance and professional development of eight laboratory technologists, histologist, and pathology secretaries. Responsible for the maintenance of the LIS Meditech software. Laboratory generalist for microbiology, hematology, blood bank, coagulation, and urines.
Associate Director of Laboratory Services (1/95 to 1/96)
Responsible for daily workflow and performance of forty laboratory technologists, technicians, and phlebotomists. Responsible for establishing, maintaining, and revising an acceptable scheduling plan for hospital laboratory and associated facilities and sites. Responsible for investigating/troubleâ€“shooting laboratory and instrumentation problems. Responsible for orientation of new laboratory staff and updates to current staff of procedural changes. Responsible for maintenance of Laboratory Information System (LIS) Meditech software. Laboratory generalist for microbiology, hematology, chemistry, blood bank, coagulation, and urines.
v Member of Continuous Quality Improvement Trainers
LIS Coordinator (11/92 to 1/95)
Responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the LIS Meditech software. Responsible for coordinating and providing all education/training of laboratory personnel in the use of the LIS. Laboratory generalist.
v Member of the Order Entry Core Team to develop and implement the Order Entry system for the hospital.
v One of the first employees to be selected to participate on Management Action Council, part of the Total Quality Management Program reporting to the Executive Staff.
Hematology Section Chief (5/90 to 11/92)
Responsible for training laboratory personnel. Instrumental in purchasing new laboratory equipment/instrumentation. Responsible for laboratory maintenance and quality control. Provided additional support by rotating through all laboratories with an emphasis in microbiology.
v Member of the LIS Core Team to develop and implement the LIS software for the laboratory and microbiology.
10/89 to 5/90 SISTERS OF CHARITY HOSPITAL Buffalo, New York
Medical Technologist, Generalist - Responsible for performing routine laboratory testing in Blood Bank and Stat Laboratory.
9/88 to 5/90 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO - Buffalo, NY Clinical Laboratory Instructor, Hematology and Immunohematology - Responsible for the implementation of the course plan and student evaluation.
1/88 to 7/89 KENMORE MERCY HOSPITAL - Kenmore, New York
Medical Technologist - Responsible for performing routine laboratory tests which include rotation through all laboratories.
9/87 to 9/88 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO - Buffalo, NY Teacher Assistant - Responsible for assistant teaching in Microbiology, Instrumentation, hematology, blood Bank, and Electronics.
5/85 to 1/88 NICHOLAS NOYES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - Dansville, NY Medical Technologist - Responsible for performing routine laboratory tests which include rotation through all laboratories.Research:
Thesis: Identification of a Marker Protein for Invasive Strains of Candida albicansService:
Have served on many campus and departmental committees. American Society for Clinical Pathologists, Trout UnlimitedHonors and Awards:
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Academic Year 2003-2004
For Professor Putnam, it’s the small things that make life interesting—the microscopic things. “Each culture is an investigation into what caused that individual to be sick, and I find that very interesting,” he says. “I am always impressed with how the immune system works. Health care is in every community and has a great impact on everyone.”
Professor Putnam hails from Hornell and received two associate degrees from Alfred State in chemical technology and medical laboratory technology before continuing on for both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo in medical technology with concentrations in microbiology and immunology.
He spent more than 12 years working fulltime in a clinical laboratory and still spends weekends, holidays, and summers studying the hidden world of microbes, taking that ongoing field experience back into the classroom with him for his courses in medical terminology, pathophysiology, general microbiology, hematology, and clinical parasitology among others. His dedication to student success earned him a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004.
“In my courses it is important to have a thorough understanding of normal anatomy and physiology. But you must also be organized for exams, quizzes, and case studies,” he says. “Time management for all courses is very important to success.”