American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Lawrence M. Killingsworth, PhD
1996 Outstanding Contributions Through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry

Lawrence M. Killingsworth, Ph.D., DABCC, is director of the Clinical Chemistry and Immunology Laboratories at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, a post he has held since 1977. He is also Director of Scientific Development and Technical Director of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories in Spokane, where he directs a multidisciplinary research team. He holds an academic appointment in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He received his B.S degree in chemistry from Emory University in 1968. After serving two years in the US Army, Killingsworth attended graduate school at the University of Florida where he was an NIH Academic Pathology Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in clinical chemistry in 1973. Killingsworth then went on to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was associate director of the clinical chemistry laboratories and assistant professor of medicine and pathology for four years.

His research has been devoted to development of electrophoretic and immunochemical techniques for protein analysis and the application of these techniques to the study of proteins in health and disease. He has lectured extensively in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is a four-time winner of the Outstanding Speaker Award from AACC. He has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including abstracts and editorials, in the field of laboratory medicine, is coeditor of a textbook on proteins, and served as reviewer of a textbook on clinical chemistry. He is a recipient of the Gerulat Award from the New Jersey Section of AACC in recognition of his contributions toward enhancing the practice of clinical chemistry, the Streck Award from the University of Nebraska department of chemistry in recognition of his distinguished contributions to biochemistry and clinical chemistry, and the Past-President’s Award from AACC in recognition of his outstanding contributions to clinical laboratory medicine.

Killingsworth is certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and served for six years on the Board of Directors of the ABCC. He is a Fellow in the Association of Clinical Scientists and in the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. He served as a member of the NCCLS Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry. He has served on the boards of editors of several laboratory publications and is currently on the board of editors of the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis.

Killingsworth has been an active member of AACC since 1971. He has served the association as a member of the board of editors of Selected Methods of Clinical Chemistry; as an invited reviewer for Clinical Chemistry; as chair of the North Carolina section; as a member of the Education Committee; as chair of the Specific Proteins Laboratory Improvement Program; as a member of the LIP Management Group; as chair of the National Nominating Committee; as chair of the board of editors of Clinical Chemistry News; and as a member of the AACC Commission on Publications. He was a frequent contributor to the Viewpoints section of Clinical Chemistry News. He served as an at-large member of the AACC Board of Directors in 1988 and 1989, during which time he was board liaison to the Commission on Publications, a member of the Task Force on Career Development, and an editorial consultant to Clinical Chemistry News.

In 1989 Killingsworth was elected national Secretary of AACC. As Secretary, he continued as a member of the Board of Directors; served as a member of the Finance Committee; acted as the Board of Directors’ liaison to the Commission on Publications; served as Secretary to the AACC House of Delegates; and was a member of the House Steering Committee. He was editor of AACC News, the membership newsletter of the association, and he also served on the Task Force on International Meetings, the Strategic Analysis Task Force, the Task Force on Training, and the Oak Ridge Conference Ad Hoc Program Committee.

In 1992 Killingsworth was elected President-Elect of AACC. He served as President-Elect during 1993, President in 1994, and Past-President in 1995. As President, Killingsworth introduced policy governance to AACC, which enables the Board of Directors to focus on directing the association through strategic leadership, with emphasis on the long-term, beneficial impact AACC has on the field of healthcare. During his term as Past-President, he served as chair of the Task Force on the Changing Practice Environment.

1994 AACC Past President’s Award

Lawrence M. Killingsworth received the 1994 award, sponsored by Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

Killingsworth, the immediate Past-President of AACC, received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Emory University in 1968. After serving 2 years in the US Army, Killingsworth attended graduate school at the University of Florida where he was an NIH Academic Pathology Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in clinical chemistry in 1973. Killingsworth then went on to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was associate director of the clinical chemistry laboratories and assistant professor of medicine and pathology for 4 years.

Currently, Killingsworth is director of the clinical chemistry and immunology laboratories at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, a post he has held since 1977. He is also director of scientific development and technical director of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories in Spokane, where he directs a multi-disciplinary research team. He holds an academic appointment in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Killingsworth’s research has been devoted to development of electrophoretic and immunochemical techniques for protein analysis and the application of these techniques to the study of proteins in health and disease. He has lectured extensively in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is a winner of the AACC Outstanding Speaker Award. He has authored or coauthored over 100 publications in the field of laboratory medicine, is coeditor of a textbook on proteins, and is reviewing editor of a major textbook on clinical chemistry. He is a recipient of the Gerulat Award from the New Jersey Section of the AACC in recognition of his contributions toward enhancing the practice of clinical chemistry, and the Streck Award from the University of Nebraska Department of Chemistry in recognition of his distinguished contributions to biochemistry and clinical chemistry.

Killingsworth is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, where he has served for 6 years on the Board of Directors. He is a Fellow in the Association of Clinical Scientists, a Fellow in the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Clinical Ligand Assay Society. He serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis and the Annals of Clinical Laboratory Science. He is a member of the NCCLS Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry.

Killingsworth has been an active member of the AACC since 1971. He has served the association in many capacities during the past 24 years, including chair of the North Carolina section, chair of the Specific Proteins Laboratory Improvement Program, chair of the National Nominating Committee, and chair of the Board of Editors of Clinical Laboratory News. He served as an at-large member of the AACC Board of Directors in 1988 and 1989.

In 1989, Killingsworth was elected Secretary of the AACC. As Secretary, he continued as a member of the Board of Directors, served as member of the Finance Committee, was a member of the House of Delegates Steering Committee, and was editor of AACC News. He also served on the Task Force on International Meetings, the Strategic Analysis Task Force, the Task Force on Training, and the Oak Ridge Conference Ad Hoc Program Committee.

Killingsworth was elected President-Elect of the AACC in 1992. He served the association as President-Elect during 1993, as President in 1994, and is serving as Past-President during 1995. During his tenure as President, Killingsworth instituted a system of governing the association known as Policy Governance, which enables the Board of Directors to focus on directing the association through strategic leadership, with emphasis on the long-term, beneficial impact the AACC has on the field of healthcare. Killingsworth also presided during a year that saw the largest budget surplus in the association’s history. As Past-President, he is chair of the Task Force on the Changing Practice Environment, which will seek to define the future practice environment for clinical chemists, list the professional qualifications necessary for clinical chemists to practice successfully in the new environment, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for new programs and changes that will enable AACC members to succeed in the future.