AACC Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research
Dr. Jaffe is professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minn. He holds a joint appointment in the Division of Clinical Core Laboratory Services (which he chairs), Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Division of Laboratory Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Jaffe’s research interests over a long academic career have focused on the use of biomarkers to characterize the pathobiology of acute cardiovascular disease. With investigators at Washington University in St. Louis, he helped develop the first cardiac troponin I assay and led the validation studies for it. His cutting-edge research has explored questions surrounding many commonly used cardiac biomarkers. Dr. Jaffe is an esteemed national and international presenter who has co-authored five books and written more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. His writings focus on the use of cardiac troponin and natriuretic peptides to characterize patients with both acute and chronic heart failure. Dr. Jaffe has received many awards and honors throughout his career, including the citation for international service from the American Heart Association. As an authority on the use of many of these markers in the clinical arena, he serves on many national and international guideline-making groups. Dr. Jaffe was on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 22 years, rising to the rank of professor of medicine. He left in 1995 to become chief of cardiology and associate chair of medicine for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Syracuse. He was recruited by the Mayo Clinic in 1999.