WASHINGTON—AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 AACC and AACC Academy Awards. Through this annual awards program, AACC strives to support laboratory medicine professionals in all stages of their careers and to build awareness of the essential role that clinical laboratory testing plays in improving patient health.  


Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD

Washington University School of Medicine


Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

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

University of Maryland School of Medicine


Outstanding Contributions to Education in Clinical Chemistry

Gary L. Horowitz, MD

Tufts Medical Center


Outstanding Contributions Through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry

Patricia M. Jones, PhD

Children’s Medical Center Dallas


Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator

Victoria Higgins, PhD, FCACB

DynaLIFE Medical Labs


Clinical Laboratory Scientist Achievement Award

Elia M. Mears, MS, MT(ASCP)SM

The Joint Commission


AACC Past President’s Award

Stephen R. Master, MD, PhD, FADLM

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia




AACC Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research

Michael Y. Tsai, PhD, FADLM, FAHA

University of Minnesota


AACC Academy Professor Alvin Dubin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and the Academy

James Ritchie, PhD, DABCC, FADLM

Emory University


AACC Academy George Grannis Award for Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication Award

Nadia Ayala-Lopez, PhD, MLS (ASCP), DABCC, NRCC

Labcorp Drug Development


“Congratulations to this year’s award recipients, whose outstanding contributions to laboratory medicine have been integral to moving our profession forward,” said AACC President Dr. Shannon Haymond. “Their tremendous achievements in research, service, and education will help lab experts to solve complex medical problems and provide the highest quality healthcare possible to patients.”


The 2023 AACC and AACC Academy Award winners will be recognized during the plenary sessions at the 2023 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo being held in Anaheim, California from July 23 – 27, 2023.


About AACC

Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 70,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of progressing laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit www.myadlm.org.