SALT LAKE CITY, March 1, 2011—ARUP Laboratories’ president and CEO, Edward Ashwood, MD, has been selected to receive the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s (AACC) Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education. The award will be presented at the AACC annual meeting later this year in Atlanta, Ga.
“Dr. Ashwood is an ambassador for the field of clinical chemistry,” said David Grenache, PhD, ARUP medical director over special chemistry. “This award is also apt recognition of ARUP’s educational mission and its role in advancing laboratory medicine knowledge both in and out of the industry.”
Dr. Ashwood has been with ARUP Laboratories for 25 years serving in numerous capacities and leadership roles within the laboratory. He has been a professor of pathology in the University of Utah’s Department of Pathology since 1997. He is also well-known as a co-editor for the Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry, and Fundamentals of Molecular Diagnostics.
AACC selects one member each year who has made “significant, innovative, and/or cumulatively outstanding contributions to education in clinical laboratory science.” Specifically, the award recognizes individuals who promote the field outside of the classroom to a larger breadth of audiences and in a manner that demonstrates a notable degree of excellence, whether through teaching, mentoring, or lecturing.
“Dr. Ashwood was nominated based on the many contributions to education he has made in the fields of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine,” said D. Robert Dufour, MD, chairman of the AACC Awards Committee. “Among the quotes found in the letters supporting his nomination are the following: ‘He has been educating all of us in clinical chemistry for 30 years’ and ‘he has had an impact on all levels of medical laboratory training that few can match.’ In short, he represents the caliber of professional we seek to honor with this award.”
Among his contributions to the field of clinical laboratory science, Dr. Ashwood has published more than 80 papers, given more than 140 invited lectures worldwide, and has taught or mentored hundreds of up-and-coming clinical laboratory professionals. He has held faculty positions at the University of Washington and the University of Utah.
For a list of previous AACC Outstanding Contributions in Education award winners, please visit the AACC website.
Founded in 1984, ARUP Laboratories is a leading national reference laboratory and a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. ARUP offers more than 3,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to esoteric molecular and genetic assays. ARUP serves clients across the United States, including many of the nation’s top university teaching hospitals and children’s hospitals, as well as multihospital groups, major commercial laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and other government facilities, and major clinics. In addition, ARUP is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology®.
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