LMP Q&A BUG: Maria Amenta



This week, Martia Amenta, manager of specimen management,  was ‘infected’ by the LMP Q&A BUG. The nomination came from our previous Q&A BUG ‘victim,’ Martin Grealish. Check out Martin’s photo Q&A, HERE.

In addition to Maria’s role as manager of specimen management, she is also manager of the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) laboratory, and LMP site manager at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Maria manages the operations across all of her respective areas, and works collaboratively with other areas of the hospital to facilitate the best possible patient care.

Entailed in Maria’s responsibilities are the operations of UHN Blood Lab Collection Centres, and this year was particularly successful with renovations being made to the Princess Margaret Collection Centre. The space was previously crowded, and patient’s could be waiting for hours during peak times of the day, but Maria and a steering committee sanctioned changes that have provided improved patient wait times, capacity, and care.

As of April 1, 2015, the Princess Margaret Blood Lab Collection Centre is serving a weekly average of 80- per cent of patients in 25 minutes or less. For more on the changes to Princess Margaret’s Blood Lab Collection Centre, check out our story on UHN News.

Maria has also been very involved in UHN’s recent safety initiatives, and as LMP site lead at Princess Margaret she attends daily safety huddles where all possible safety concerns are addressed in advance at the start of each day.

To learn a little more on the personal side of Maria, check out her photo Q&A below. Make sure to read to the end to find out who’s next to be ‘infected’ by the LMP Q&A BUG. It could be you!


Whereabouts do you live and how do you commute to work?



What was your first job?


(At 9 years old!!!)


Favourite meals to make at home?



Favourite TV show?



What do you do for fun?



Favourite movie?



What would be your ideal vacation?



What’s your favourite animal? (Draw it!)



If you could bring one item to a deserted island, what would it be?



What’s on your iPod?



Favourite sports teams?



If you had to describe LMP in three words, what would they be?



If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?



Because Maria completed the photo series Q&A she was given the opportunity to pass the bug onto someone else… It’s now with great pleasure we announce the next staff member to be ‘infected’ by the LMP Q&A BUG:

David Feng, Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist, Histocompatibility


Have a common interest with Maria?   – Share it in the comments section!

  • That Mike Babcock might just squeeze this Leaf team into the playoffs
  • How traveling the world is definitely the best ‘ideal vacation’ answer
  • That you need more information on the stitching shoes answer… That can’t be legal!
  • How you may have to re-watch A Beautiful Mind on this upcoming lazy Sunday
  • That Heart is playing Toronto this March, and you’re getting tickets!

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