First Executive Editor Named to Lab Tests Online


July 20, 2009

Dufour_photo.jpgJuly 20, 2009--In response to the growing number of Lab Tests Online websites around the world, AACC has named Lab Tests Online editor D. Robert Dufour, MD, to the newly created position of Executive Editor for the global network. Dufour is a 9-year veteran of Lab Tests Online (www.labtestsonline.org) and an original member of the site’s Editorial Review Board. He has served as the Board’s editorial liaison to the international collaboration for the last five years.

In making the appointment, AACC President Barbara Goldsmith, PhD, cited Dr. Dufour’s unique qualifications for the role, “Bob’s in-depth knowledge of Lab Tests Online and his familiarity with laboratory medicine as it is practiced abroad make him an ideal choice to help our international partners sustain the level of quality that people expect of Lab Tests Online. AACC is very grateful for his continued contributions to making Lab Tests Online a success in the U.S. and elsewhere. ”

The Executive Editor’s primary role will be to support the implementation of the Lab Tests Online editorial policies and guidelines at the Lab Tests Online sites in Europe, Australia, and very soon, in Asia. It is through these policies and guidelines that AACC believes it can best maintain the high levels of quality and consistency of Lab Tests Online in each country. Dufour says he expects to increase the frequency of communication with the editorial teams of each site, both virtually via email and telephone, and in face-to-face meetings, and provide assistance as they confront many of the same editorial issues faced here in the U.S. AACC anticipates that there will be 14 live versions of Lab Tests Online by the end of the year, in 12 languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Czech, French, Portuguese, Turkish, and Chinese.

Dufour, who retired in 2005, nevertheless maintains an active schedule that includes frequent speaking and teaching engagements around the country, conducting international CAP inspections, and working 2 days a week at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, he continues to write and edit books on laboratory medicine, as well as maintain his editorial responsibilities to Lab Tests Online.

Along with his many professional activities, Dufour has also served on the AACC Board of Directors as well as numerous committees. He has also served as President of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemists.