August 2005 Mentor of the Month: Jack Ladenson
Jack H. Ladenson, Ph.D., DABCC

Jack Ladenson, Ph.D., is the Oree M. Carroll and Lillian B. Ladenson Professor of Clinical Chemistry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Interim Director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine. Jack received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland. He was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical chemistry at Hartford Hospital and joined the faculty at Washington University in 1972.

He has been active in a number of professional organizations related to Laboratory Medicine and served as president of the AACC in 1986 and president of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists in 1995. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Eritrean Development Foundation and Pathologists Overseas, Inc., for which he is Director of Clinical Pathology.

Jack has received a number of awards, including Outstanding Contributions to Education (1980), Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry (1994), and Outstanding Contributions in a Selected Area of Research (2002), all from the AACC; the Henry Wishinsky Award for Distinguished International Services from the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry (2005) and the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association.

His research interests have mainly involved the development of improved diagnostic procedures and research tools. His laboratory developed the antibodies used for the immunoassay for CK-MB, the first practical assay for Troponin I and myoglobin, and remains active in seeking better diagnostic procedures and reagents. He spends an increasing amount of time working on improving clinical laboratory services in developing countries via the non-profit organization, Pathologists Overseas. His efforts and those of his colleagues and many volunteers have lead to demonstration that a medical center in the U.S. can act as a reference laboratory for an entire country, the development of simplified means of bringing routine clinical chemistry to Regional hospitals in developing countries and advising the Ministry of Health in Eritrea on the creation of a medical school.

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