Dr. Scott Shone received his bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and subsequently his PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2008 he has served as the Program Manager of the Newborn Screening Laboratory for the State of New Jersey with approximately 101,000 annual births.
In his short career, Dr. Shone has provided outstanding leadership, scientific capabilities, and a desire for systematic quality improvement. As the state has adopted new technologies and underwent a physical move to a new testing facility, Dr. Shone facilitated the transitions and provided his staff with guidance and direction to ease the changes.
Apart from his daily responsibilities for the screening results, Dr. Shone has committed to contributing to the newborn screening system. He oversaw a pilot study of Quality Indicators which garnered the best poster award at the 2011 Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Newborn Screening and Genetics Testing Symposium due to its thorough examination of the various aspects of the newborn screening data collection process. In addition, Dr. Shone serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the APHL’s Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) and is becoming an internationally recognized expert on efficiency improvements in the newborn screening laboratory.
Dr. Shone demonstrated exceptional leadership when Hurricane Sandy flooded most of the State of New Jersey in October 2012 and shut down normal specimen transportation processes. Under his direction, the laboratory successfully implemented emergency procedures to maintain the continuity of operations for the state’s screening process. He is an up-and-coming role model for public health and newborn screening and with the Dussault Medal he rightly received recognition for his vision and hard work.
During ISNS2016 Dr Shone received the Dussault Medal itself from ISNS President Dr Veronica Wiley, in the presence of Mrs Houria El Mouden (Bio-Rad).