1978 Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry
F. William Sunderman, Jr. will receive the 1978 AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry through Research, sponsored by the Ames Company. This will be the 27th year that this award has been presented.
Dr. Sunderman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1931. He received his B.S. degree from Emory University, Atlanta, in 1952, and his M.D. degree from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, in 1955. After internship and postdoctoral training in laboratory medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sunderman served in the U.S. Navy as Chief of the Clinical Chemistry Service at the Naval Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland (1958–60). Dr. Sunderman has held the following positions: Director of Clinical Chemistry Laboratory, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (1960); Associate in Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia (1961–64); Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville (1964–68); and Professor and Head of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington (1968 to date). Dr. Sunderman has been certified in Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
Dr. Sunderman has worked for the AACC in many capacities. He has served as chairman of the Connecticut Valley Section, the Education Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee, and he has been a member of the Standards Committee, the Professional Relations Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Council, and the Board of Directors. He has also been active in other professional organizations, including the Association of Clinical Scientists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, American Association for Cancer Research, and Society of Toxicology. Dr. Sunderman is a member of several editorial boards, including Clinical Chemistry, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science, and Analytical Toxicology.
He has served as a member of the Study Sections on Medicinal Chemistry and Pathology of the National Institutes of Health, and as a member of the Committee on Medical and Biological Effects of Environmental Pollutants of the National Academy of Sciences. On the international scene, Dr. Sunderman has served as the national representative of the AACC to the IFCC, as a member of the IFCC Standards Committee and the IUPAC Section on Clinical Chemistry, and as a chairman of the IUPAC Commission on Toxicology.
Dr. Sunderman’s research has been in the fields of clinical chemistry, endocrinology, metabolism, toxicology, and carcinogenesis. He is best known for studies of atomic absorption spectrometry, vanilmandelic acid, serum proteins, ceruloplasmin, and nickel metabolism. He has been an author of more than 150 scientific papers, and he has been editor and co-author of 10 books in the field of laboratory medicine. In 1976, Dr. Sunderman was honored by the Association of Clinical Scientists as “Clinical Scientist of the Year.”