2009 Past Presidents Award
Dr. Larry Broussard is professor and interim head of the department of clinical laboratory sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He has been an active member of the AACC for 33 years, and in addition to serving as past president he is currently the representative to the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. His positions with other organizations include serving as president of the National Registry of Certified Chemists for five years. During his tenure as president, he visited 21 of the 22 local sections, and plans to visit the remaining section this year. Despite trying economic times, the Association continued to move forward on a wide variety of fronts in 2008. The successful consumer-oriented website Lab Tests Online added Greek- and Czech-language sites, signed agreements to develop sites in Portuguese and French, and received an award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The first review course in molecular pathology, developed in partnership with the Association for Molecular Pathology, was a success. The AACC continued to offer educational programs using electronic technology, and the Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division introduced a comprehensive, online learning program for certification in this specialty. The flagship journal Clinical Chemistry seamlessly relocated its editorial team and operations to the national office in Washington, while continuing to innovate with new features and a redesign. Finally, the AACC received a large grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to undertake educational training and development in clinical laboratory medicine in resource-limited countries worldwide.
2004 Outstanding Contributions in Education
Larry A. Broussard, PhD, DABCC, FACB, is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. Dr. Broussard’s education and training include a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 1970, a PhD in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974, and postdoctoral training in clinical chemistry and toxicology in the Department of Pathology at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. From 1977 to 1992 he was employed by Medical Laboratory Associates (currently LabCorp) of Birmingham, Alabama, where he served in various positions, including Vice-President of Technical Services in the Birmingham laboratory and Director of Toxicology in the New Orleans laboratory. In his current position since 1992, he has also served as Laboratory Director of the SAMHSA-certified Puckett Laboratory in Hattiesburg, Mississippi from 1992 to 1996 and Laboratory Director of Diversified Laboratory Services in West Monroe, Louisiana from 1998 to 2003. Dr. Broussard has been an active member of AACC for 28 years and has served in numerous positions, including as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the TDM/Toxicology Division, the House of Delegates, the Southeast Section, and the 2001 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee. He is currently serving as Treasurer of AACC. Dr. Broussard is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS). He has been selected as a fellow to the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. At the LSUHSC Dr. Broussard has served on several committees and is currently a member of the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) Faculty Assembly, a representative to the LSUHSC Faculty Senate, and chair of the SAHP Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Dr. Broussard’s teaching career began while attending graduate school when he taught courses in nutrition and biochemistry. In 1975 he was one of five finalists selected for the Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Texas. While employed in the private sector from 1977 to 1992, his teaching was limited to the training of employees and the presentation of scientific seminars and workshops. In 1992 he returned to teaching in an academic institution and since then has taught clinical chemistry, toxicology, nutrition, and management to more than 330 clinical laboratory science (medical technology) undergraduate and graduate students. He incorporates humor, history, music, and clips from television shows into his lectures. Dr. Broussard also teaches graduate students in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Pathology. In 2002 he received the Teaching Excellence Award for the School of Allied Health Professions.
Outside of the classroom setting, Dr. Broussard has been involved with the planning of educational programs for numerous meetings and has served on the organizing committees of the national or international meetings for four professional organizations. He has more than 100 scientific publications and presentations in addition to presenting more than 90 continuing education seminars in Louisiana and Texas to total combined audiences of more than 3500 clinical laboratory and other healthcare personnel. Dr. Broussard is board-certified in clinical chemistry [National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC) and American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC)] and toxicology (ABCC). He believes that certification is an important component of professional education and is currently serving as President of NRCC and as a member of the Board of Directors of ABCC.