September 2006 Mentor of the Month: D. Robert Dufour
D. Robert Dufour, M.D.

D. Robert Dufour, M.D. is Consultant Pathologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington DC. He also serves as a member of the VA National Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group. Prior to his retirement in December, 2004, he was Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, Deputy Director of the P&LMS Service Line, VISN 5, and Char of the VISN 5 Hepatitis C committee. He is an Emeritus Professor of Pathology at George Washington University Medical Center; and Clinical Professor of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Dufour received an Honors B.S. degree in Chemistry from Marquette University in 1971 and his M.D. degree from Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975. He completed training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD in 1979; he is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in AP/CP and in Chemical Pathology.

He is responsible for training residents and medical students from four universities in Clinical Chemistry. He has authored one book and edited several others, and written over 150 papers, abstracts, and book chapters, with a major focus on endocrine testing, liver disease, acid-base disorders and preanalytic variation, including the NACB/AASLD “Guidelines for Use of Laboratory Tests in Diagnosis and Monitoring of Liver Injury”. Dr. Dufour is an active member of several organizations. In the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), he is a candidate for President-Elect, a past member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Editorial Board of Lab Tests Online. He is Past-President of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) and is a member of its Education and Scientific Affairs Committee, and was Chair of the 1999 LMPG on Hepatitis. He served as Co-Director of the AACC-NACB “Professional Practice in Clinical Chemistry” review course from 1990-2003. In the College of American Pathologists, he is State Commissioner for the District of Columbia and an Inspector.

He received the 1999 Outstanding Contributions in Education award from AACC, the 2000 Alvin Dubin award from NACB, the 2004 Edwards Rhodes Stitt Lectureship Award from the Association of Military Surgeons, and in 2003 received the Certificate of Merit from the New Jersey Section and the Joseph Roe award from the Capitol Section of AACC. He has twice been selected as Outstanding Faculty at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and has received numerous teaching awards. He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.

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