2008-2010 Florabel G. Mullick, USA
Florabel G. Mullick
1936 - 2015
IAP President 2008 - 2010
Born in Asturias, Spain, Aug 6, 1936, Dr. Mullick received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Florabel came to Washington D.C. in 1966, where she trained at Children's Hospital and Georgetown University. Dr. Mullick was a Diplomate of The American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology. She was a distinguished graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In 1972 Dr. Mullick joined the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). She quickly rose in ranks and was appointed Associate Director of the Institute in 1987, Director, Center for Advanced Pathology, in 1994 and served as Chair, Department of Environmental Pathology since 1996. In 1999, she became the first civilian Principal Deputy Director appointed at the Institute since its founding in 1862. Finally, in 2007 she reached the top and was appointed The Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. For the first time in 145-year history of this premier research institution of the Armed Forces of the United States a civilian was appointed as The Director.
Her visionary support and tireless efforts in establishing a Telepathology Program at the Institute led to the formal dedication in 2005 of "The Florabel G. Mullick, M.D., Videotele-conference Center."
Dr. Mullick was appointed Adjunct Professor at different prestigious universities including Uniformed Services University of Health Science, Bethesda, Maryland, and Professor of Pathology, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. She served as Chair of the National Science Foundation supported Model Institutions for Excellence Program and the Science and Technology Committee. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ana G. Mendes University System.
Dr. Mullick personally authored or co-au-thored 193 publications that were published in professional journals. She was on the editorial boards of Modern Pathology, Toxologic Pathology, Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology and consultant editor for Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. Dr. Mullick was the first to recognize and publish a causal relation between a number of therapeutic drugs and their adverse effects on humans, such as salicylates and Reye's Syndrome, hexachlorophene toxicity in infants, and myocarditis associated with methyldopa.
In 1992, she was awarded the prestigious rank of Meritorious Executive by the President of the United States. In 1993 and again in 1999 she received the Distinguished Executive Award, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in the US federal government. In 1994 she received the Distinguished Executive Service Award from the Senior Executives Professional Developmental League. Dr. Mullick was a founding Trustee of the History of Pathology Society. After serving 11 years as Secretary of The International Academy of Pathology during which she created the first IAP website, she was elected President-Elect in 2006 and served as President from 2008 to 2010.
Dr. Mullick served as a mentor to many young men and women looking to pursue careers in the medial and health fields. She enjoyed traveling, dining out, socializing and entertaining family, friends and neighbors and actively participated in social events of the community, playing leading roles in organizing many of them.
On Saturday April 11, 2015, Florabel Garcia Mullick passed away at Laurel Regional
Hospital with her family by her side.