Title: Distinguished Professor
Company: University of California, Davis
Location: Davis, California, United States
Robert Darrell Cardiff, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pathology.
Although Dr. Cardiff started his professional journey interested in the study of bugs, or arthropodology, his teachers and peers stimulated him and made him rethink what he wanted to do in the world. He decided medicine would be much more fulfilling and found his niche, pathology, early in life. Dr. Cardiff’s arcane scientific questions led a professor to recommend the field to him, and he was fascinated by what he saw through the lens of his electronic microscope. He proceeded to earn both a Bachelor of Science and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958 and 1968, respectively, and an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1962. He also completed an internship at King’s County Hospital between 1962 and 1963, a residency at the University of Oregon, Portland, between 1963 and 1966, and a National Institutes of Health fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, between 1966 and 1968.
Over the years, Dr. Cardiff worked hard to develop his expertise in pathology, particularly in mouse models of cancer pathology. He is now one of the few board-certified human pathologists who know about mice. He used those skills to grow his career at the University of California, Davis; he started as a member of the medical school faculty in 1970, and ultimately became a distinguished professor of pathology in the Center for Comparative Medicine. Other roles at the school include chair of the Department of Pathology, founding director of the Center for Medical Informatics, chair of the Medical Informatics Graduate Group, and director of the Center for Genomic Pathology. He accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus in 2005. The Robert D. Cardiff Endowed Chair of Research Medical Informatics was established in 2010.
Outside of the university, Dr. Cardiff enjoyed using his knowledge to give back to his community. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971, a member of the science advisory board at the Contra Costa Cancer Fund from 1985 to 1999, and the president of The International Association for Breast Cancer Research from 2003 to 2006. He was also a master of the American Association of University Professors, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the International Academy Pathology. He contributed more than 300 publications in PubMed about education, administration, research, and history and has published more than 70 papers since 2005. To this day, he remains a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Oncology and the Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia.
As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Dr. Cardiff was honored with the a Distinguished Professor Award in 2005, a Sadusk Award from the Peralta Cancer Institute in 1986, a Triton Research Award from Triton Biosciences, Inc., in 1985, and an Outstanding Basic Science Teacher Award from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in 1985, among many other accolades. His accomplishments were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.
When Dr. Cardiff is not working, he enjoys basketball, skiing, jogging, and reading. He considers his biggest personal achievement to be the fact that he has run nearly ten thousand miles since he retired.
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