American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Robert H. Christenson, PhD
2005 Outstanding Contributions in Education

Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FACB, is professor of pathology and professor of medical and research technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

He is director of the clinical chemistry, toxicology, and rapid response laboratories and director of point-of-care services at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Teaching clinical laboratory medicine to undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows has been a primary activity for Dr. Christenson. He has delivered lectures on a variety of topics to clinicians and laboratorians at all levels of training and experience; he has also served as a mentor to numerous graduate and undergraduate students and directs the University of Maryland's postdoctoral training program.

Dr. Christenson has chaired the board of editors of Clinical Laboratory News and is currently a member of the editorial boards of Clinical Chemistry and the Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Analysis; he is associate editor of Clinical Biochemistry.

Dr. Christenson has served the AACC as a member of the board of directors, as national secretary, as chair of the annual meeting, and as current chair of the Evidence Based Medicine Group.

He has also been a member of the board of directors of the NACB. Dr. Christenson is a representative on the NIH National Heart Attack Alert Program and has an active research program in the area of cardiac biomarkers.

He holds 3 patents and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 160 abstracts, 2 books, and 40 book chapters and monographs.