Who's Who of Professional Women


Kimberle Chapin

With more than 30 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Kimberle Chapin began her career in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, in which she was a resident from 1988 to 1990, a clinical fellow between 1990 and 1991, a chief resident from 1990 until 1991 and the assistant director of clinical microbiology from 1991 to 1992. Following these appointments, she worked as a clinical instructor at the Yale School of Nursing between 1990 and 1992. From 1992 until 1998, Dr. Chapin was active at the University of South Alabama in a number of capacities, such as an assistant professor of pathology, an associate professor of pathology, an associate professor of medicine and an associate professor of microbiology.

Subsequently, Dr. Chapin provided her wealth of knowledge to students at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University as an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine from 2005 to 2011 and an associate professor of medicine between 2008 and 2011. Since 2011, she has excelled at the aforementioned medical school as a professor of pathology and a professor of medicine. During this time, Dr. Chapin was honored by Brown University for her exemplary service on multiple occasions, accepting the Dean’s Excellence Teaching Awards from 2005 to 2009, a Certificate of Excellence Teaching Award between 2010 and 2012, and an honorary Master of Arts in 2006.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Chapin has flourished as a consultant on laboratory medicine at the Providence VA Medical Center since 2018 and the director of microbiology and molecular infectious disease diagnostics for the Lifespan Academic Medical Center and their affiliated hospitals since 2013. Additionally, she served as a clinical laboratory consultant for the Eleanor Slater Hospital between 2014 and 2016. Prior to these appointments, she held several positions with the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, including as a medical director of the Wall Street Pediatrics Laboratories from 2001 to 2003, the section head for microbiology, infectious disease and molecular diagnostics from 1998 until 2003 and the acting section head of immunology and molecular diagnostics between 1998 and 2000. Dr. Chapin previously maintained her involvement with the University of South Alabama Hospitals as the director of microbiology, molecular and virology laboratories from 1992 to 1998.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Chapin pursued an education at Boston College, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology, magna cum laude, in 1981. She continued her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Massachusetts in 1986. She concluded her studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1988, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Chapin obtained a license to practice medicine in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as certifications from the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Medical Microbiology.

In light of her exceptional undertakings, Dr. Chapin has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. Accepting grants from many institutions, she was nominated as the Rhode Island Woman Physician of the Year by the Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association in 2016 and 2017.

Celebrated for teaching by the University of South Alabama Medical School Classes of 1997, 1998 and 1999, she was presented with Young Investigator Awards from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory and Physicians Scientists in 1989 and 1990, in addition to an Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology in 2018. A fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leaders in Academic Medicine Program, Dr. Chapin was selected for inclusion among the Manchester’s Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Science and Microbiology in 2005, America’s Top Physicians in 2007, the Choosing Wisely Campaign Champions by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in 2018 and the Order of the Cross and Crown by Boston College.


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