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Mitchell Scott, PhD

2005 AACC Past President’s Award

Mitch Scott, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Dr. Scott is co-medical director of clinical chemistry and decentralized testing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and professor in the division of laboratory medicine, in the department of pathology and immunology at Washington University in St. Louis.

He is co-director of the clinical chemistry postdoctoral training program at Washington University, where he has helped train more than 50 fellows and 100 residents. He has served the AACC in many capacities, including on the Program Coordinating Commission, Meetings Management Group, and executive committee of the Clinical Chemistry Board of Editors, as well as chair of the Membership Committee and the Division Management Group.

Under his leadership, 2005 was an exciting and busy year for the AACC, as he pursued twin major goals of increasing the number of young scientists entering the field and increasing clinician awareness of the AACC and laboratory medicine. The Society of Young Clinical Chemists speaker series began recruiting graduate students into the field of laboratory medicine, and this effort is paying off with new trainees and an increased number of postdoctoral training programs. An initiative to increase interactions with clinical societies led to AACC members presenting at meetings of societies such as the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and AACC completed negotiations that led to the successful merger of NACB into AACC, which will truly make the NACB the “academy of the AACC” and a place to honor members with distinguished academic careers. Progress on numerous other association efforts continued as well, including publication of all of the back issues of Clinical Chemistry from 1954 through 1996 on the website and initiation of a proteomics conference by the new Proteomics Division.

2000 Outstanding Contributions in Education

Mitchell G. Scott, PhD, FACB, DABCC, will receive the 30th annual award, sponsored by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Dr. Scott is Associate Professor in the Division of Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine, and Associate Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. A medical technologist at Barnes Hospital for 3 years prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Scott received his PhD in Immunology from Washington University in 1982, and then was a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Chemistry at Washington University. He joined Mallinckrodt, Inc. as Research Manager of Hybridoma Sciences in 1984 and returned to Washington University as a faculty member in 1987.

A member of AACC since 1982, Dr. Scott has served AACC in a number of capacities at the local and national levels. He was a member (1990–1995) and Chair (1992–1995) of the Membership Committee and a member of the Commission on Professional and Membership Affairs (1992–1995). He served on the Task Force on Training Clinical Chemists (1992), the Task Force on Governance Structure (1997), the Nominating Committee (1996–1997), and the Oak Ridge Organizing Committee (1995–2000). He currently is a member of the Meetings Management Group and the Program Coordinating Commission, and is Chair of the Divisions Management Group. Locally he served as Midwest Section Program Chair (1989), Secretary (1993–1995), and Chair (1996). He has served on the Editorial Board of Clinical Chemistry since 1997 and currently is Reviews Co-Editor. Outside of AACC, he is Secretary/Treasurer of the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (COMACC) and President of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC). He also is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the Clinical Immunology Society, and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.

Dr. Scott is co-director of the clinical chemistry postdoctoral training program at Washington University and since 1987 has had a major role in training 33 postdoctoral fellows and 65 pathology residents in clinical chemistry. His proudest accomplishments are that more than 95% of the fellows and residents he has helped train are active, productive members of our profession and that he has a role in continuing the strong tradition of laboratory medicine education at Washington University. He spends considerable effort recruiting young scientists who are basic science graduates to the training program at Washington University as well as to other training programs around the nation. His roles with COMACC and ABCC have also had an impact on the focus and direction of clinical laboratory scientist training. His research has focused on antibody variable region gene expression to carbohydrate antigens and on the utility and interpretation of a variety of clinical biochemical testing methods and approaches. Together with many collaborators, he has authored 68 original scientific papers, 22 reviews or textbook chapters, and 62 abstracts in the basic and clinical sciences.