Gerald J. Kost, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing
Faculty, Biomedical Engineering and Comparative Pathology
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Pathology Support Services Building
4400 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Ph: 916-734-2525

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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Dr. Kost is the founding Director of the Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research and one of the founding fathers of the field of point-of-care testing. Other interests include clinical pathology, clinical chemistry, and bioengineering; pathogen detection using molecular diagnostics; emergency and disaster medicine; and global strategic planning to enhance crisis standards of care.

  • American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology, 1983
  • Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology
  • American Heart Association
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • EduTrak Symposium Chair, Diagnostic Tests and Public Health, XIX Congress AACC/IFCC, 2003
  • Elected to the National Council of Clinical Biochemistry, 2001

Kost GJ, Katip P, Kulrattanamaneeporn S, Gentile N. Point-of-care testing value propositions for disaster preparedness in small-world networks in Southeast Asia. Point of Care, Special Issue: 2012

Kost GJ, Mecozzi DM, Brock TK, Curtis CM. Assessing point-of-care device specifications and needs for pathogen detection in emergencies and disasters. Point of Care, Special Issue: 2012

Kost GJ, Sakaguchi A, Curtis C, Tran NK, Katip P, Louie RF. Enhancing crisis standards of care using innovative point-of-care testing. Am J Disaster Med. 2011 Nov-Dec;6(6):351-68.

Kost GJ, Katip P, Kanoksilp A, Mecozzi DM. A new demographic strategy for point-of-need medical testing: Linking health resource scores, poverty levels, and care paths. J Demography (Chulalongkorn Univ., Thai.). 2011;27:85-115.

Tran NK, Greenhalgh DG, Palmieri TL, Kost GJ. Multiplex whole-blood PCR pathogen detection in two severely burned patients with suspected septicemia. J Burn Care Res. 2011;32:e172-177.

Tran NK, Wisner DH, Albertson TE, Cohen S, Greenhalgh DG, Palmieri TL, Polage C, Kost GJ. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction pathogen detection in trauma, emergency, and burn surgery patients with suspected septicemia. Surgery 2011; [Epub ahead of print].

Lehmann LE, Herpichboehm B, Kost GJ, Kollef MH, Stüber F. Cost and mortality prediction using polymerase chain reaction pathogen detection in sepsis: evidence from three observational trials. Crit Care. 2010;14(5):R186. Epub 2010 Oct 15.

Mecozzi DM, Brock TK, Tran NK, Hale KR, Kost GJ. Evidence-based point-of-care device design for emergency and disaster care. Point of Care 2010;9:65-69.

Brock TK, Mecozzi DM, Sumner SL, Kost GJ. Evidence based point-of-care test cluster and device design for disaster preparedness. Amer J Disaster Med 2010;5:286-294.

Lehmann LE, Alvarez J, Hunfeld K, Goglio A, Kost GJ, Louie RF, Raglio A, Regueiro BJ, Wissing H, Stuber F. Potential clinical utility of polymerase chain reaction in microbiological testing for sepsis. Crit Care Med. 2009:37:3085-3090.

Kost GJ, KN Hale, TK Brock, RF Louie, NL Gentile, TK Kitano, NK Tran. Point-of-care testing for disasters: Needs assessment, strategic planning, and future design. Clin Lab Med. 2009;29(3):583-605.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

  • M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1978
  • M.S., Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1968
  • Ph.D., UC San Diego, San Diego, California, 1977
  • B.S., Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1967
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1978-80
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1980-82
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1982-83

To see if Gerald J. Kost is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).