Robert H. Christenson, PhD

Rob Christenson Headshot2005 Outstanding Contributions in Education

Past President's Award

Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FADLM, FACC

Dr. Christenson is professor of pathology and professor of medical and research technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is principal investigator for the Clinical Core Research Laboratory, which is CLIA licensed and CAP accredited, that specializes in government- and industry-sponsored clinical trials and has an active research program in biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and renal dysfunction. Clinically, he is medical director of the clinical chemistry, toxicology, and core laboratories as well as medical director of point-of-care services at the University of Maryland Medical Center. 

Dr. Christenson has been active in his home professional association — the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM, formerly AACC) — for over 30 years, and was elected as Secretary and as a Board of Directors member. Dr. Christenson was elected president of what was then AACC in 2013, the inaugural year of a new strategic plan that renewed the organization's focus on its fundamental pillars. He has chaired a number of ADLM committees over the years.

Internationally, Dr. Christenson has served the IFCC where he has been a frequent lecturer at WorldLab symposium. Dr. Christenson has held membership in and chaired the IFCC’s Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine Committee. He has also been an active member of the Value Proposition in Laboratory Medicine Committee for two terms and he is currently chair of the Workgroup for Cardiac Troponin Standardization. Dr. Christenson’s international service contributions were recognized in 2023 when he was presented with IFCC’s 2023 Henry-Wishinsky Award for Distinguished International Service. 

Dr. Christenson is also active in clinical organizaitons. He was elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and has held a professional leadership position as a member of the ACC’s Accreditation Management Board. Dr. Christenson is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine and is a contributor to Medscape.