IAP President 1988-1990
Jack Strong was born and educated in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1951. Straight after graduation in 1952 he joined the Department of Pathology Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. He began ‘at the bottom of the promotion ladder’ and quickly became the Professor and Head of the Department, a position which he still holds.
He was the first recipient at Louisiana State University Medical Center of the LSU (Louisiana State University) Board of Supervisors ‘Boyd Professorship’ in recognition of his ‘outstanding career in the health sciences’ and for those who have attained singular international recognition in their respective academic discipline (1980).
(This honor was a new academic rank created by the Board of Supervisors of the LSU system to commemorate the contributions made by the two brothers Boyd who were Presidents of the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, many years ago. It is the highest rank in the University, being one step higher than Professor. In the early days the title carried some small salary and research money. The Boyd Professorship has nothing to do with William Boyd, a former President of the IAP. It is a variety
of ‘merit award’ such as those given for distinguished service by other Universities and Institutions in many parts of the world. Editor’s comment.)
He is also the first LSU Distinguished Alumnus Awardee. Jack is a world expert in atherosclerosis. In 1958 he began a formal experimental study of atherosclerosis in primates, part of which involved a two-month sojourn to
Kenya. He is best known however, for his research of the natural history, epidemiology, and risk factors of human atherosclerosis. He co-authored more than 300 publications covering: The natural history of human atherosclerosis; epidemiology, geographic pathology and pathogenesis of atherosclerosis; atherosclerosis in primates;and the geographic pathology of cancer.
Jack has held positions on many Boards and Associations which include:
- President, the Association of Pathology Chairmen (1970); the American Board of Pathology; Assistant Secretary of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists; Chairman of the Committee on Myocardial and Coronary Artery Lesions Council on Arterioscelerosis of the American Heart Association (1967-1970). Importantly for both organizations (Editor’s comment).
- He is Treasurer of the IAP and the USCAP.- He is very active in the American Medical Association