American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Roland Valdes, PhD
2005 Outstanding Contributions Through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry

Roland Valdes, Jr., PhD, DABCC, FACB, is senior vice-chairman of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and distinguished university scholar at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as chief of clinical chemistry and toxicology services, is the founder and director of a postdoctoral fellowship program in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, and is a founder and director of the Pharmacogenetics Diagnostic Laboratory, where he is working on introducing pharmacogenetics and proteomics into clinical laboratory practice.

An internationally recognized leader in advancing the profession of clinical chemistry, Dr. Valdes has served in a major role in several key professional organizations. He has served as president of the Clinical Ligand Assay Society and the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB), and is currently president of the Commission for Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry.

He has also been on the board of directors of the AACC and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Dr. Valdes has served on many editorial boards, including those of Clinical Chemistry, Clinica Chimica Acta, Journal of Clinical Immunoassay, Clinical Biochemistry, Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.

His scientific interests involve discovery and characterization of the mammalian cardenolides and their pathophysiologic role in cardiovascular disease. Recently he has focused on cancer therapeutics, work for which he has received several distinguished scientist awards from professional organizations.

Dr. Valdes has presented many honorary lectureships and has authored more than 240 publications.

2001 The Distinguished Scientist Award

Roland Valdes, Jr., PhD, FACB was honored with AACC's 2001 Distinguished Scientist Award.