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Nader Rifai, PhD

2015 Outstanding Contributions in Education

1988 Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator

Nader Rifai will receive the 13th AACC Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator. This award is sponsored by Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics, Inc.

Dr. Rifai was born in Damascus, Syria. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Damascus and was awarded the Ph.D. degree in clinical chemistry from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA. As a graduate fellow in the Department of Pathology, Dr. Rifai did doctoral research and specialized in lipoprotein and apolipoprotein biochemistry. He spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, in the Department of Hospital Laboratories.

In 1988, Dr. Rifai joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC, as an assistant director of the clinical chemistry laboratory. He also holds a joint appointment in the departments of Pathology and Child Health and Development at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Rifai’s investigations in the lipoprotein and apolipoprotein areas have been extensive, encompassing analytical, physiological, and clinical aspects. His methods for the determination of several apolipoproteins are characterized by precision, accuracy, and flexibility. He has applied these assays in numerous clinical studies directed toward providing a better understanding of the role of apolipoproteins in health and disease. His research interests in analytical methodologies include the refinement of methods for using specific proteins as diagnostic tools and the development of chromatographic methods for therapeutic drug monitoring. Dr. Rifai has authored or co-authored more than 30 scientific publications. He has been a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry since 1981.

Dr. Rifai has received several awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (1987), the John C. Forbes Award for Best Research in Progress from the Medical College of Virginia (1985), and the Best Student Presentation Award from the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1984).

1992 The George F. Grannis Award For Excellence In Research And Scientific Publication

Nader Rifai, PhD, FACB was honored with AACC's 1992 George F. Grannis Award For Excellence In Research And Scientific Publication.