RPV doctor to receive national award

Rancho Palos Verdes resident Samuel W. French, M.D.

The American Society for Investigative Pathology will present its highest honor, the Gold-Headed Cane Award, to Samuel W. French, M.D., a principal investigator at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, at the society’s 2014 annual meeting in San Diego.

French, who lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, has been affiliated with LA BioMed and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for more than two decades and has received many honors throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Los Angeles Society of Pathologists Inc., seven “Best Teacher” awards from senior pathology residents at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Harbor-UCLA’s Clinical Faculty in the Department of Medicine.

The American Society for Investigative Pathology, a society of biomedical scientists investigating mechanisms of disease, presents the Gold-Headed Cane Award to recognize long-term contributions to pathology, including meritorious research, outstanding teaching, general excellence in the field and leadership in pathology.

Dr. French has authored or co-authored more than 800 research papers, books and book chapters, case studies and abstracts in his field. His publications have been cited more than 13,500 times. He has been Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s chief of the Division of Anatomic Pathology since 1990 and is a distinguished professor of pathology in the Department of Pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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