Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, MASCP

Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, MASCP

2012 ASCP Mastership

“ASCP is the inclusive professional organization for pathology and laboratory medicine. It represents the whole lab team.”
—Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, MASCP

Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, MASCP, attended his first ASCP committee meeting as a guest of Carolyn Sue Walters, MHS, MT(ASCP), a past ASCP award recipient in 1986. At that meeting, he wound up replacing a pathologist member who was stepping down from the Board of Registry Immunology Test Committee.


Over the years, he has held progressively responsible positions with ASCP, including Secretary, Vice President, and President. During his tenure as ASCP President from 2005 to 2006, the Society stepped to the forefront in the global fight against AIDS and became an approved provider of cytology proficiency testing and education. Discussions were initiated concerning the unification of the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC). Currently he serves as an ASCP representative to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Board of Directors and as the ASCP Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

For his contributions to his field and to ASCP, Dr. Rodriguez is being recognized with the 2012 ASCP Mastership. “ASCP is the inclusive professional organization for pathology and laboratory medicine,” he said. “It represents the whole lab team.”    

A New Orleans native, Dr. Rodriguez is currently the Emma Sadler Moss Professor of Pathology at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine, New Orleans. He joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology at the LSU School of Medicine in 1977. He also holds the conjoint position of Professor in the Department of Medical Technology at the LSU School of Allied Health.

Since 1984, he has also served as Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in New Orleans. From 2002 until 2008, he held the appointed position of National Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Rodriguez lived through Hurricane Katrina and is excited that a new VA Medical Center is being built to replace the one that was destroyed. “To have designed the laboratory of my dreams and seeing it built is really exciting,” he said.

In 2009, he received the Israel Davidsohn Award for Outstanding Service to ASCP. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of four children and have four granddaughters. A New Orleans Saints fan since the team was established in 1967, he has only missed 10 home games in 46 years.