New Editorial Board Helps Shape the Future of ARUP Consult

August 1, 2016

ARUP Consult Editorial Board members include (left to right): Fred Strathmann, Eszter Lazar-Molnar, Brian Jackson, Bo Hong, Alan Brown, and Reha Toydemir.


Clients place high value on the expertise University of Utah (U of U) School of Medicine faculty members provide ARUP Laboratories in their role as medical directors for the company.

Now ARUP is drawing on that authority to benefit clients in a new way with the formation of an ARUP Consult Editorial Board. Members of the new board will share ideas for improvement and help set development goals and priorities for Consult, ARUP’s comprehensive online guide to laboratory test selection and interpretation.

Physicians, laboratorians, and others who use Consult give high ratings to the website, which earlier this year launched a redesigned version that features an updated look, improved navigation, and a responsive design that makes Consult easy to use regardless of computing platform. Ninety-four percent of users who participated in an online survey this spring rated Consult as “excellent” or “very good” overall.

Ninety-four percent of users who participated in an online survey this spring rated Consult as “excellent” or “very good” overall….Those same users also shared ideas for improving the site, which features information about more than 2,000 lab tests categorized into nearly 300 disease-related topics.

Those same users also shared ideas for improving the site, which features information about more than 2,000 lab tests categorized into nearly 300 disease-related topics. Users said they want Consult to add more diagnostic algorithms to the more than 60 already featured on the site. Some also wish Consult were more readily available through electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

The new editorial board will help evaluate, refine, and prioritize these and other ideas for improvement. Members also will help review and periodically update the Consult Editorial Policy, and will work with the editorial team to promote the site and increase the number of Consult users.

Board membership represents an expansion of an important role ARUP medical directors already play in Consult as co-authors and reviewers of the site’s content. Medical directors will work with the site’s editorial team to keep content up to date and ensure it reflects the latest medical guidelines and literature.

Members of the new board, which meets four times a year, include:

  • Dr. Alan Brown, a molecular genetics pathology fellow at the U of U School of Medicine and ARUP.
  • Dr. Bo Hong, U of U assistant professor of pathology and ARUP medical director of Cytogenetics and Genomic Microarray.
  • Dr. Brian Jackson, U of U associate professor of pathology, ARUP vice president and chief medical informatics officer, and medical director of Referral Testing.
  • Dr. Eszter Lazar-Molnar, U of U assistant professor of pathology, ARUP medical director of Immunology and assistant director of the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory at U of U Health Care.
  • Dr. Frederick Strathmann, U of U assistant professor of pathology and an associate member of the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience.  Strathmann is also an ARUP medical director of Toxicology, interim scientific director of Biocomputing, director of High-Complexity Platforms—Mass Spectrometry, and assistant director of the Institute of Clinical & Experimental Pathology® at ARUP.
  • Dr. Reha Toydemir, U of U assistant professor of pathology, adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics, and director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship. Toydemir is also the ARUP medical director of Cytogenetics and Genomic Microarray. 
By Lisa Carricaburu, Managing Editor, Decision Support