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ARUP Laboratories'Medical Director, William Lewis Roberts, Dies at 52
ARUP Laboratories announced that University of Utah professor and medical director at ARUP Laboratories, William Lewis Roberts, M.D., Ph.D., died July 26, 2012, following a year-long battle with brain cancer.
Aug 7, 2012 5:17 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, August 7, 2012—ARUP Laboratories, a national medical reference laboratory, announced today that University of Utah professor and medical director at ARUP Laboratories, William Lewis Roberts, MD, PhD, died July 26, 2012, following a year-long battle with brain cancer.
Dr. Roberts was born July 23, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were held in Salt Lake City August 2, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Roberts of Columbus, Ohio, his wife, Wendy, and his son Joel, and daughter Laurel.
Dr. Roberts was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State University on a Battelle scholarship. He graduated from Ohio State in 1982 with a BS degree in chemistry, and was accepted to the NIH medical scientist trainee program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a PhD in Pharmacology in 1988, and an MD degree in 1990.
He and Wendy then moved to Connecticut so that Bill could pursue a pathology residency and fellowship at Yale University, where he served as chief resident in 1991.
During his training, he presented his research at the annual meetings of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) and received the Young Investigator award for his research in 1992, 1993, and 1994.
After completing his fellowship at Yale in 1995, Dr. Roberts accepted his first academic appointment as assistant professor of pathology at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1998, he joined the University of Utah and ARUP as assistant professor in clinical chemistry. At ARUP, he directed the automated core laboratory and served as the Chemistry group medical director, chair of the capital equipment committee, and executive member of the research institute.
Dr. Roberts was promoted to full professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2007. As a clinical chemist, Dr. Roberts was academically prolific; he authored 144 peer-reviewed publications, eight review articles, and 13 book chapters. In addition, at the time of his death, his publications had been cited 2,684 times.
He also reviewed submitted manuscripts for 13 scientific journals and served on the editorial boards of two journals in his specialty: Clinical Chemistry and Clinica Chimica Acta. He was an active member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), ACLPS, and the College of America Pathologists (CAP). For CAP, Dr. Roberts served as a lab inspector, and as a member and chair of the Chemistry Resource Committee. For ACLPS, he served as secretary/treasurer, president-elect, and was president in 2010-11. ACLPS honored him in 2006 with the Gerald T. Evans award for outstanding leadership and service.
In an autobiographical piece for an ARUP company newsletter in 1999, Dr. Roberts stated he considered himself a Midwesterner who loved the Rocky Mountains, his family, and science. Indeed, one of his earliest recollections was as a kindergartener, when he tried to build an electron microscope.
Dr. Roberts will be remembered not only for his passion for clinical chemistry and pathology, but for his willingness to share his knowledge and time, frequently providing thoughtful discussion and consultations with colleagues, students, and fellows. He will also be remembered for his kindness and his enthusiasm for hiking in the outdoors with his family.
Dr. Roberts will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and professional colleagues.
About ARUP Laboratories
Founded in 1984, ARUP Laboratories is a leading national reference laboratory and a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. ARUP offers more than 3,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to esoteric molecular and genetic assays. ARUP serves clients across the United States, including many of the nation’s top university teaching hospitals and children’s hospitals, as well as multihospital groups, major commercial laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and other government facilities, and major clinics. In addition, ARUP is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology®.
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