Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Utah School of Medicine
Location: Ivins, Utah, United States
William D. Odell, MD, Ph.D., MACP, Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine, physiology and higher education.
Supported by more than 40 years of practiced experience in medicine and education, Dr. Odell is a prominent figure in his industry whose expertise in endocrinology is unparalleled. Attaining the title of professor emeritus of medicine and physiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1999, he previously served the university as a professor from 1980 to 1999, chair of the department of internal medicine from 1980 to 1996 and president of the medical staff from 1995 to 1996. Prior to these roles, he served as a visiting professor of medicine at the University of Auckland in New Zealand from 1979 to 1980. He also served the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA, as chair of the department of medicine and chief of endocrinology between 1966 and 1979, having formerly served the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as chief of endocrine service from 1965 to 1966. He commenced his career as a senior investigator of the endocrine branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, in 1960, holding the role for five years.
While at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Odell developed the first radioimmunoassay (RIA) for HCG, permitting increased ability to follow chemotherapy, for Metastatic Choriocarcinoma. The NCI was able to report a cure of 73 percent in more than 70 patients, the world’s first successful cures of metastatic cancer. He also developed the first RIAs for human luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and described, for the first time, changes in LH, FSH in women’s blood during a normal menstrual cycle and during oral contraceptive treatment. Dr. Odell was the first to show that all normal pre-pubertal children had detectable LH and FSH in blood and urine, demonstrating that puberty in humans is caused by a decrease in sensitivity at the pituitary and hypothalamus. He developed the first RIA for thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH), now used universally for diagnosing disorders of thyroid function in adults and children and for screening of neonatal infants for thyroid hormone deficiency. He also gave the first lecture in Berlin, Germany, on the peaceful uses of atomic energy. Dr. Odell trained 55 postdoctoral fellows in endocrinology, of which the majority went on to become chiefs of endocrine divisions or chairs of departments of internal medicine in universities across the United States and Europe.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Odell pursued formal education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1952. He subsequently received a Master of Science and Doctor of Medicine in physiology from The University of Chicago in 1956. After obtaining his medical degree, he served as an intern, resident and chief resident at the University of Washington between 1956 and 1960, also serving in a postdoctoral fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism from 1957 to 1958. Later on in his career, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry and physiology from The George Washington University in 1965.
Dr. Odell has served on the editorial boards of multiple journals, has authored and edited eight books in the field, and has contributed more than 330 articles to various medical journals. Previously serving with the U.S. Public Health Service between 1960 and 1966, he has maintained affiliation with several organizations in an effort to remain abreast of changes in the field. He is a member of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the Western Society for Clinical Research, the Western Association of Physicians, the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, the Society for the Study of Reproduction and the American Society of Andrology, where he was past president.
In recognition of his contributions to the medical and education industries, Dr. Odell has garnered numerous accolades. A master of the American College of Physicians since 1987, he received the Robert Williams Award from the Endocrine Society in 1991, the Governor Award in Science and Technology from the State of Utah in 1988, and a Pharmacia Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in 1977. Earlier in his career, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Chicago, the Laureate Award from the State of Utah, and the Mayo Soley Award from the Western Society for Clinical Research.
Married to Margaret F. Reilly since 1950, Dr. Odell has five children and 11 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and carpentry work. Impressively, he was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, 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.
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