Volume 37 Number 5 | October 2023

2022-23 ASCLS President Kim Von Ahsen with 2023 ASCLS Lifetime Achievement Award Winner George FritsmaThe Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates an ASCLS member who has made significant contributions to ASCLS as well as the laboratory field, and who, by example, has inspired others. This is the 10th year for this award. There were three nominees—Kathryn Doig, Michigan; George Fritsma, Alabama; and Barbara Snyderman, Pennsylvania.

The 2023 ASCLS Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to George Fritsma.

George is easily recognizable as a leader in the field of medical laboratory science as someone who has been instrumental in supporting new laboratory professionals through mentorship, leadership, and the support of scientific research, integrity, and quality laboratory testing. When one reviews all the service George has dedicated to ASCLS and the laboratory science profession, it is evident that he has been actively involved and a notable professional since 1970.

When asked to serve the Society or the profession, George doesn’t shy away from opportunities to help others. Just like many members in ASCLS, George began his service to the profession by becoming involved early as a leader at the state, regional, and national levels.

George has presented more than 140 scientific talks that include workshops for professional development of other laboratory colleagues. In addition to his scientific presentations, he has published more than 100 different manuscripts, book chapters, and textbooks.

George “embraces professionalism, collegiality, diversity, and involvement in ASCLS and the profession. He clearly believes in the mission of ASCLS and has dedicated his life to improving the quality of laboratory diagnostic testing. He is a true professional and someone who is respected globally by colleagues.”

The ASCLS Awards Committee will begin accepting nominations for 2024 ASCLS Awards this winter. Learn more about the ASCLS Lifetime Achievement Award.