Basil Doumas, PhD
1995 Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry

Basil T. Doumas will receive the 44th annual award, sponsored by the Diagnostics Division of Bayer Corporation.

Doumas was born in Macedonia, Greece. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee–Medical Units.

From 1962 until 1964 he was director of clinical chemistry in the Department of Pathology of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He then joined the Department of Clinical Pathology of the University of Alabama Medical College, where he served as assistant professor (1964–1968) and associate professor (1968–1970), and associate director of clinical chemistry at the University Hospital. In 1970, he joined the Department of Pathology of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Currently, he is professor of pathology and director of the clinical chemistry laboratory of United Regional Medical Services. He is a member of the John L. Doyne Hospital Specified Professional Staff and Allied Health Professional Staff of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.

Doumas’ research interests have been in the development of analytical methods for serum albumin, total protein, and bilirubin. His bromcresol green method for measuring albumin in serum has been widely used for the past 27 years, and his paper describing this method is one of the most frequently cited publications in the field of clinical chemistry. His work on serum total protein and total bilirubin led to the development of reference methods for these constituents, which were credentialed by the National Reference System for Clinical Laboratories of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS). He has published numerous papers on the calibration of bilirubin methods and on the measurement of bilirubin fractions by diazo and enzymatic methods. Doumas directs a reference laboratory in the Department of Pathology in which reference methods are routinely used for assigning primary values to commercial controls and calibrators for automated clinical chemistry analyzers.

A member of the AACC since 1963, Doumas has served as member and chairman of the AACC Committee on Standards (1973–1979) and was a member of the Task Force that prepared the AACC position paper for the 1977 Atlanta Conference “On a National Understanding for the Development of Reference Materials and Methods for Clinical Chemistry,” having chaired the Reference Methods Working Group in that Conference. Doumas also served as a member and chairman of the AACC Awards Committee (1986–1989); chairman of the International Relations Committee (1990); a member of the Search Committee for editor of Clinical Chemistry (1990); and a member of the Task Force for the Revision of the Code of Ethics (1990). He was President of AACC in 1992. Presently he is a member of the Committee on Standards.

Doumas has served as member of the editorial boards of Clinical Chemistry (and its Executive Committee), Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry, Journal of Health Care Technology, Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis, Clinical Chemistry Lookout, and Clinica Chimica Acta.

Doumas has also chaired the NCCLS Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry, served on the NCCLS Board of Directors, and served on the Expert Panel Advisory to the Food and Drug Administration on Methodological Principles of Clinical Laboratory Methods. He is a member of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, where he has served as chairman of the Board of Directors and as President.

Doumas received the Sam Natelson Award from the Chicago Section of AACC in 1979, the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions in a Selected Area of Research in 1983, and the Professor Alvin Dubin Award for Outstanding Contributions in Clinical Biochemistry from the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry in 1994.

1992 AACC Past President’s Award

Basil T. Doumas will receive this year’s award, sponsored by Baxter Diagnostics.

Doumas was born in Argos Orestikon, Macedonia, Greece. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1952), and M.S. (1960) and Ph.D. (1962) degrees in biochemistry–physiology from the University of Tennessee–Medical Units, Memphis, TN.

His first job was in the Department of Pathology of Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN, as Director of Clinical Chemistry. In 1964 he joined the Department of Clinical Pathology of the University of Alabama Medical College, Birmingham, where he served as assistant (1964–68) and associate professor (1968–70), and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry at the University Hospital.

In 1970, he joined the Department of Pathology of the Medical College of Wisconsin (the former Marquette School of Medicine), where he is currently Professor of Pathology and serves as Director of Clinical Chemistry Laboratories of the United Regional Medical Services. He is a member of the Allied Health Staff of the Milwaukee County Medical Complex and the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.

A member of AACC for 30 years, Doumas served as member and Chairman (1973–79) of the Committee on Standards; member and Chairman of the Awards Committee (1987–89); Chairman of the International Relations Committee (1990). He has also been a member of several AACC task forces, including the one that developed the AACC’s Guide to Ethics.

Doumas was involved in the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) for 15 years. He chaired the Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry (1978–81), served on the NCCLS Board of Directors (1982–88), and on the Expert Panel Advisory to the Food and Drug Administration on Methodological Principles of Clinical Laboratory Methods. He is a member of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, in which he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors (1982–84) and President (1985–86).

Doumas has served on the editorial boards of Clinical Chemistry, Journal of Clinical Physiology and Biochemistry, Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis, and Clinical Chemistry Lookout. At present, he is on the editorial board of Clinica Chimica Acta.

His research interests have been in the development of reference methods for serum total protein and total bilirubin, both of which have been credentialed by the National Reference System for Clinical Laboratories. He has published numerous papers on calibration of bilirubin methods and on the measurement of the bilirubin fractions by diazo and enzymatic methods. His bromcresol green method for measuring albumin in serum has been widely used for the past 25 years, and his paper describing this method is the second most cited publication in the history of Clinica Chimica Acta.

For his work on reference methods, Doumas received the Sam Natelson Award of the Chicago Section of AACC in 1979, and the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research in 1983.

He is still teaching clinical chemistry to medical technologists, graduate and medical students, and pathology residents.

1994 The Professor Alvin Dubin Award For Outstanding Contributions To The Profession And The Academy

Basil T. Doumas, PhD, FACB was honored with AACC's 1994 Professor Alvin Dubin Award For Outstanding Contributions To The Profession And The Academy.

1983 Outstanding Contributions in a Selected Area of Research

Basil T. Doumas will receive the 11th AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area, the area in this case being development of reference methods for the clinical chemistry laboratories. The award is sponsored by Roche Analytical Instruments, Inc.

Dr. Doumas was born in Argos Orestikon, Greece, in 1930. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1952), and the M.S. (1960) and Ph.D. (1962) degrees in biochemistry–physiology from the University of Tennessee—Medical Units, Memphis, TN.

He was director of clinical chemistry in the Department of Pathology of Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN, from 1962 until 1964. In 1964 he joined the Department of Clinical Pathology of the University of Alabama Medical College, Birmingham, where he served as assistant (1964–68) and associate professor (1968–70), and associate director of clinical chemistry at the University Hospital.

In 1970, he joined the Department of Pathology of the Medical College of Wisconsin (the former Marquette School of Medicine), Milwaukee. Currently, he is professor of pathology, and he serves as director of clinical chemistry laboratories of the Milwaukee County Medical Complex. He is a member of the Allied Health Staff of the Milwaukee County Complex and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.

A member of the AACC since 1963, Dr. Doumas has served as a member (1973–76) and chairman (1976–79) of the AACC Committee on Standards. He chaired the Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry (1978–81) of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) and the Subcommittee on Total Protein (1976–79). In 1982, he was elected member of the NCCLS Board of Directors, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.

He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Clinical Chemistry, Clinica Chimica Acta, and the Journal of Clinical Physiology and Biochemistry.

He has served as a member of the NCCLS Expert Panel (1976–78), Advisory to the Food and Drug Administration, on Methodological Principles for Clinical Laboratory Methods, and chaired the Reference Methods Working Group in the 1977 Conference “On a National Understanding for the Development of

Reference Materials and Methods for Clinical Chemistry” in Atlanta, GA, which later was published by AACC.

In 1979, he was the recipient of the Samuel Natelson Award from the AACC Chicago Section.

His research interests have been in the development of reference methods for albumin, total serum protein, and bilirubin. His method on serum albumin has been the most widely used in the last 15 years. In 1981, he published “A Candidate Reference Method for Determination of Total Protein in Serum” and, in 1983, “A Candidate Reference Method for the Determination of Bilirubin in Serum.” Both of these methods were developed by the Study Groups on Total Protein on Bilirubin of the AACC Committee on Standards.

Dr. Doumas is the author or co-author of approximately 60 publications.

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