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Remembering Dr. Kenneth Pass, a newborn screening champion

Remembering Dr. Kenneth Pass, a newborn screening champion |

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Kenneth Pass. Ken was a passionate man whose heart was always in the right place.

Dr. Pass served as the New York State Newborn Screening Program Director for over 28 years and was Chief of the Laboratory of Genetics Services where he was responsible for the state’s newborn screening program. During his time there, he guided the program as it expanded from a screening panel of four conditions to one of 28, and performed more than 7 million tests each year on New York’s newborns.

His work in New York had worldwide significance, and was always driven by his passion for saving babies. He was an innovative, driven leader and a strong voice for the newborn screening community and for families.

We are forever thankful for Ken’s contributions to newborn screening programs across the world. APHL has lost a good friend. He will be missed but never forgotten.


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