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LSUHSC’S RODRIGUEZ TO BE AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL HONOR

New Orleans, LA – Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, the Emma Sadler Moss Professor of Pathology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, has been chosen to receive the 2009 Israel Davidsohn Award for Distinguished Service by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). This award was established in 1989 and is presented annually to an exemplary ASCP member for significant contributions to the Society’s continuing medical education activities. The award will be presented to Dr. Rodriguez on October 31, 2009 during the ASCP Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Founded in 1922, ASCP is a professional society with 130,000 members working as pathologists, residents and other physicians, pathologists’ assistants, laboratory professionals, medical students and laboratory students. Based in Chicago with offices in Washington, DC, and Indianapolis, IN, ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals.

Dr. Rodriguez has served in various capacities within the ASCP. From the fall of 2005 to 2006, he served as President, and also held the offices of Vice President, Secretary, Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors, and Governor on the Board of Governors of the Board of Registry of the ASCP. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Award from the Board of Registry.

Dr. Rodriguez holds a conjoint appointment as Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Allied Health Professions. He also serves as Chief of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.

Dr. Rodriguez, an alumnus of the LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans, is Board Certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Immunopathology. He joined the LSUHSC faculty in 1977 and the staff of the VA Medical Center in New Orleans in 1979. He became Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the VA Medical Center in New Orleans in the fall of 1984. In January 2002, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. to serve as the National Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He held this position until February 2008.

In 2006, Dr. Rodriguez received the Edward Rhodes Stitt Lecture Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. In 2007, he received the Calendar-Binford Lecture Award from the Armed Services Institute of Pathology in Washington D.C.

He is a member of several national honor societies including Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi, and the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Beta XI ’72). He has published numerous scientific medical articles. He is active on the Boards of Directors of several local community organizations.

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