Known for his devotion to laboratory medicine, Frank H. Wians Jr., PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB, has held prominent positions as an educator and laboratory director in both civilian and U.S. Air Force teaching hospitals. In 1993, he retired from the Biomedical Sciences Corps of the Air Force as a Lieutenant-Colonel after 22 years. During the next 18 years, Dr. Wians served in positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor University Medical Center, both in Dallas. He will retire as Technical Director of the Core Laboratory, at Baylor University Medical Center on Oct. 27, 2011.
By serving on the editorial board of many distinguished journals and writing peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and books, including co-authoring
ASCP Caseset: Laboratory Medicine published by the ASCP Press, Dr. Wians has shared his expertise with many laboratory professionals. His decade-long tenure on the Editorial Board and as Editor-in-Chief of ASCP’s monthly publication,
LabMedicine, since 2004, is one of his highest achievements.
In appreciation of his accomplishments, spirit, and Society activities during his career, Dr. Wians will receive the 2011 ASCP Member Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the laboratory medicine profession. “This is the highest honor that I have received during my career, and it is all the more special because it comes from ASCP, the organization that has championed medical technology issues since its creation in 1922,” he said.
Reflecting on his career, Dr. Wians said, “Because teaching is my passion and laboratory medicine has been such a great career choice for me, I wanted to influence the next generation of medical technologists by sharing my expertise and enthusiasm for the profession as a career choice.”
He has had many mentors. One of the most influential was Donald Melville, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Vermont. He persuaded Dr. Wians to earn his doctorate in biochemistry from Harvard University Graduate School, which helped further his career.
“As a result of the diversity in laboratory medicine, I have never had a dull day in my entire career, and I could not wait to get up in the morning to go to work,” he said. Dr. Wians only hopes his retirement will be equally rewarding.