John D. Kemp, MD


Special Assistant to the CMO Supporting the UIHC Unit-Based Clinical Leadership Program
Associate Chair for Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement
Interim CLIA Director, State Hygienic Laboratory
Professor of Pathology

Contact Information

Primary Office: C612 General Hospital
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-9611



BA, Political Science, Indiana University
MD, Indiana University School of Medicine

Internship, Pathology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Residency, Anatomic Pathology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship, Immunology, Yale University, Department of Pathology
Residency, Laboratory Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Licensure and Certifications

Clinical Pathology, The American Board of Pathology
Anatomic Pathology, The American Board of Pathology
State of Iowa Medical License, Iowa Board of Medicine

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics

Research Summary

Administration: As the Associate Chair for Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, my goal is to facilitate innovation in Pathology as well as collaboration with other University of Iowa Healthcare providers as we all seek to provide high quality medical care in a safe, efficient, and cost effective manner.

Education/Research: Pathology Departments can and should play a much more significant role in the education of future biomedical scientists. In support of that goal, I created a new model course for teaching the pathogenesis of major human diseases to 1st and 2nd year graduate students in the biomedical sciences.

Service/Research: Principal interests are basic Immunology and diagnostic Immunopathology. Prior research has involved autoimmunity, immunoregulation, immunodeficiency, immunotherapy, and the study of the structure of the human transferrin receptor gene.

Selected Publications

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Askeland R, McGrane S, Reifert D, Kemp J.  Enhancing transfusion safety with an innovative bar-code-based tracking system.  Healthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.).  2009. 12 Spec Issue:85-9.

Askeland R, McGrane S, Levitt J, Dane S, Greene D, Vandeberg J, Walker K, Porcella A, Herwaldt L, Carmen L, Kemp J.  Improving transfusion safety: implementation of a comprehensive computerized bar code-based tracking system for detecting and preventing errors.  Transfusion.  2008 July. 48(7):1308-17.

Dee F, Haugen T, Wynn P, Leaven T, Kemp J, Cohen M.  A Web-based database for pathology faculty effort reporting.  Human pathology.  2008 April. 39(4):489-97.

Bell A, Kemp J, Raife T.  A comparative labor productivity analysis of blood collection centers.  Transfusion.  2008 February. 48(2):258-63.

Weydert J, Nobbs N, Feld R, Kemp J.  A simple, focused, computerized query to detect overutilization of laboratory tests.  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine.  2005 September. 129(9):1141-3.

Kemp J, Bowser R.  PhD graduate training programs in pathology: 2003 report from the American Society for Investigative Pathology workshop on pathology graduate education.  Human pathology.  2004 July. 35(7):785-9.

Olakanmi O, Rasmussen G, Lewis T, Stokes J, Kemp J, Britigan B.  Multivalent metal-induced iron acquisition from transferrin and lactoferrin by myeloid cells.  Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950).  2002 August. 169(4):2076-84.

Cerhan J, Wallace R, Dick F, Kemp J, Parker A, Zheng W, Sellers T, Folsom A.  Blood transfusions and risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma subtypes and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology.  2001 April. 10(4):361-8.

Kovár J, Kemp J.  Unexpected effects of albumin on apoptosis induction by deferoxamine in vitro.  In vitro cellular & developmental biology. Animal.  2000 March. 36(3):151-2.

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