D. Robert Dufour, MD
2013 Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry

Robert DufourDr. Dufour is a consultant in pathology and hepatology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was chief of pathology prior to his retirement from full-time work. He is also emeritus professor of pathology at George Washington University. Dr. Dufour has served the AACC in multiple capacities. He has twice been a member of the board of directors, most recently serving as treasurer. He is currently executive editor of Lab Tests Online, vice chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, and co-associate editor for case studies for Clinical Chemistry. He was one of the co-founders of the AACC review course, Professional Practice in Clinical Chemistry. He has been on numerous other AACC committees and task forces. He has served other organizations in numerous capacities. He was on the board of directors of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry for two terms and served as its president. He chaired several committees, including the education and scientific affairs committee. For the College of American Pathologists, he chairs the accreditation education committee and is state commissioner for the District of Columbia. He has chaired one Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute working group and is a member of another. He is on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working group developing new guidelines for testing for hepatitis C. Dr. Dufour has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and book chapters, and has been lead editor on nine books, with an emphasis on liver disease and endocrine testing. He has been involved in training residents in pathology as well as fellows in gastroenterology and endocrinology. He has received numerous awards, including the 2012 College of American Pathologists Excellence in Education Award.

2000 The Professor Alvin Dubin Award For Outstanding Contributions To The Profession And The Academy

D. Robert Dufour, MD, FACB was honored with AACC's 2000 Professor Alvin Dubin Award For Outstanding Contributions To The Profession And The Academy.

1999 Outstanding Contributions in Education

D. Robert Dufour, MD, will receive the 29th annual award, sponsored by SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories. D. Robert Dufour, MD, DABP, is Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, VA Medical Center, Washington, DC; he is also Professor of Pathology at George Washington University Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Dufour received an Honors BS in Chemistry from Marquette University in 1971 and an MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975. He completed residency training in Pathology at the National Naval Medical Center in 1979. He was Head of Clinical Chemistry at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, from 1979 to 1982, and then became Assistant Professor of Pathology and Pathology Course Director at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He became Head of Clinical Chemistry at the VA in Washington in 1985 before assuming his current position in 1992. Dr. Dufour was certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1980 and in Chemical Pathology in 1984. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Dufour has been active in educational programs since early in his career. He has taught on the faculty of four medical schools (and currently lectures at three) and frequently is invited to speak on laboratory topics in the Washington metropolitan area. He has developed two computer-assisted software programs for teaching medical students the cost-effective use of laboratory tests. He is the main faculty member responsible for training in Clinical Chemistry for three different residency programs (George Washington, Georgetown, and Capitol Military Consortium) and frequently is a preceptor for internal medicine residents, medical students, and externs doing electives in Clinical Chemistry; he also trains Endocrinology fellows in endocrine laboratory tests. He has trained more than 100 pathology residents, 25 endocrine fellows, 25 internal medicine residents, and 20 medical students and externs in Clinical Chemistry. He has been widely recognized for his teaching abilities; he has received 13 Golden Apple awards at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and has received that school’s two highest teaching awards: the Outstanding Military Faculty and Outstanding Civilian Faculty awards. At George Washington, he has been selected as Medical School Basic Science faculty of the year and Pathology Department faculty of the year. He also is frequently recognized as an AACC Outstanding Speaker.

A member of AACC since 1984, Dr. Dufour has been involved in many aspects of education in the organization. A member of the Continuing Education Committee from 1992 to 1996, he was Chair of the Committee for 3 years and oversaw the reinvention of the ACCENT program, developing educational standards for all programs and organization-wide needs assessment, as well as providing training on educational design to local section and division leadership. He was involved in AACC’s initial application to be a continuing medical education provider and chaired the Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee for its first 4 years, leading to full CME accreditation. He has been co-director of the Clinical Chemistry review course since its inception in 1990, the only faculty member to teach in every course offered, and was a member of the review course committee from 1990 to 1998. He currently is Chair of the Training Course Committee. He is also Chair of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry’s Education and Scientific Affairs Committee. He has served on many other AACC committees, including currently serving on the Delta Program, Meetings Management Group, the Patient Education Task Force, as Past-Chair of the Capitol Section, and as a member of the House of Delegates.

A resident of Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Dufour is married to Mary C. Dufour, MD, MPH; they have four children: Brian 22, Libby 19, Andrew 18, and Robert 16.

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