Dr. Geaghan is Emeritus Chief, Pathology and Director of Clinical Laboratories at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, a position she held for 21 years. After residency and fellowship training at the University of California San Francisco, where she served as Chief Resident, she immediately assumed this leadership position. She holds five board certifications in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematology, Pediatric Pathology and Clinical Informatics.
Dr. Geaghan developed the dedicated pediatric clinical diagnostic service at Stanford for the first decade of her career, and then served as one of four Medical Directors overseeing the merged four-hospital University of California San Francisco-Stanford Clinical Laboratories (1997-1999). In 2001, she became Co-Medical Director for Pediatrics of the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Clinical Laboratories, which included the merged adult and pediatric services, a position she held simultaneously with the Chief, Pathology at the Children’s hospital.
Dr. Geaghan designed and was the first director of both the Mary L. Johnson Pediatric Ambulatory Care Clinical Laboratory (2004), the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases Laboratory (2008) and founded the LPCH Point of Care Testing program, serving at various times as Director of Point of Care Testing for the Children’s Hospital and also at a variety of sites including neonatal intensive care units and pediatric inpatient units at outlying satellite hospitals, and for affiliated clinics around the Bay area.
Dr. Geaghan was awarded Outstanding Speaker of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,2016 by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, is the immediate Past Chair of the Pediatric Maternal Fetal Division for the AACC, and is serving a second term as Chair of the Publications Committee for the Society for Pediatric Pathology. In 2016, she Chaired the Search Committee for Editor-in-Chief of the Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. She currently serves on a variety of advisory panels, including the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry’s 6-member Task Force on Paediatric Laboratory Medicine. and sequential terms on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Workgroup for Laboratory Medicine Best Practices. In 2013 she was awarded the Enid Gilbert-Barness Prize from the Society for Pediatric Pathology which recognizes the impact of an outstanding pediatric pathology paper on anatomic pathology, clinical practice, research or public health, and to encourage excellence and relevance in pediatric pathology practice; and most recently, received the Society’s Distinguished Colleague Award in 2015. In 2016, she was appointed Associate Editor for the new Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine.