ARUP Funds Presidential Endowed Chair in Honor of Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D.

ARUP Funds Presidential Endowed Chair in Honor of Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D.

Sep 21, 2009 4:18 PM

SALT LAKE CITY-ARUP Laboratories has established a presidential endowed chair to honor internationally regarded pathologist, University of Utah pathology professor, and ARUP chairman Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D.

Kjeldsberg, who has served as chief executive officer and chairman of ARUP (Associated Regional University Pathologists) since 2003, stepped down as CEO on July 1, but is continuing as company chairman and as a member of the U pathology faculty. In establishing the Carl R. Kjeldsberg Presidential Endowed Chair, ARUP is recognizing his remarkable contributions to the testing laboratory and the University, according to Peter E. Jensen, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pathology in the U School of Medicine.

"Carl Kjeldsberg is an exceptional physician, scholar, educator, and leader who is passionate in his commitment to providing the highest quality medicine for the patients we serve," Jensen said. "He has the special ability to bring out the best in our trainees, faculty, and staff. I am very pleased we have the opportunity to recognize Dr. Kjeldsberg's many contributions through the establishment of a presidential endowed chair."

Kjeldsberg joined the U pathology department in 1971 and since then has built an international reputation in hematopathology-the study of blood cell diseases. In addition to serving as pathology chairman from 1993-2004, he has published more than 160 scholarly manuscripts and book chapters and served as editor of four editions of one of the leading hematopathology textbooks.

Founded in 1984, ARUP is an enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. The laboratory offers more than 2,000 diagnostic tests and employs more than 2,400 people. Kjeldsberg, who was instrumental in establishing ARUP, served as CEO from 1993-2009, guiding it to national prominence as a diagnostic laboratory.

Edward R. Ashwood, M.D., professor of pathology who served as ARUP's chief medical officer, succeeded Kjeldsberg as CEO. The search to fill the Kjeldsberg presidential endowed chair will begin in the upcoming academic year.

The endowed chair is a fitting tribute to Kjeldsberg, according to Ashwood. "Carl Kjeldsberg is an outstanding academic leader who never lost sight of the importance of academic development and research at ARUP Laboratories," he said. "His brilliant leadership and constant vigilance have pushed ARUP to the forefront of laboratory medicine through its broad base of medical directors. It is my pleasure to support this important endowed chair that will benefit the Department of Pathology for years to come."

Jensen, Ashwood, and other ARUP executives established the endowed chair as a surprise for Kjeldsberg.

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