November 2011: Volume 37, Number 11
Robert H. Christenson Chosen as AACC President-Elect
The membership of AACC elected Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FACB, to serve as President of the association during 2013, announced AACC Secretary Elizabeth Frank, PhD. Also newly elected are Steven C. Kazmierczak, PhD, DABCC, FACB, and Lori J. Sokoll, PhD, FACB, as members of the Board of Directors. Four individuals were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee: Robert L. Fitzgerald, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Veronica I. Luzzi, PhD, DABCC, FACB (Chair-Elect), Christopher McCudden, PhD, DABCC, and Shirley L. Welch, PhD, DABCC, FACB.
Christenson will take his place as AACC’s 63rd President, having been active in the association since 1978. He is currently professor of pathology and professor of medical and research technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is a member of the editorial boards of Clinical Chemistry and the Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Analysis, and associate editor of Clinical Biochemistry. Christenson has been the recipient of numerous awards. Among his many honors are the Joseph H. Roe Award for Recognition of Contributions in Clinical Chemistry and the AACC National Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education. Christenson is also involved in several other professional organizations and is a founding member of the Society for Chest Pain Centers.
During his term, Christenson plans to focus on enhancing cooperation with other laboratory medicine organizations, as well as promoting the professional development of clinical laboratorians at all levels of training and experience. “My primary goal will be to ensure that AACC meets its members’ expectations and professional needs,” said Christenson. “My goal will be to have other professional societies, payers, regulators and, most importantly, patients agree that functions and activities of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine ‘work’ for improving healthcare.”