Title: Distinguished Professor
Company: University of California, Davis
Location: Davis, California, United States
Robert Darrell Cardiff, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pathology and education.
Dr. Cardiff is an educator, pathologist and scientist who began his professional career as an intern at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY, from 1962 to 1963. Prior to embarking on his career, Dr. Cardiff graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology and Parasitology from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1962, he earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences in Portland, OR and was board certified in 1969. He became a research fellow of the National Institutes of Health at the University of California, Berkeley, completing a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1968 to 1970 at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He began his academic career in 1970 with his appointment as an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He retired as a Distinguished Professor of Pathology in 2005. During his career Dr. Cardiff was a devoted and innovative educator. He developed a Biology of Cancer course for undergraduates and a History and Philosophy of Science seminar series for graduate students. Amongst his other accomplishments, he introduced problem-based learning into the medical school curriculum. He was awarded Outstanding Basic Science Teacher Awards from medical school classes of 1984 and 1989. UC Davis recognized him as the Outstanding Teacher of 1985. In 1991, he was recognized for his contributions to mentoring undergraduate interns at the UCD Medical Center with the Affirmative Action Award, and two years later, with a similar award from the UC Davis campus. In 1996 he was the founding director of the Medical Informatics Graduate Group. He also became the founder and Medical Director for the UC Davis Medical Center for Medical Informatics. The School of Medicine recognized his contribution with the development of the Robert D. Cardiff Chair of Informatics Research. In 2006, he became the Founding Director of the Center for Genomic Pathology (CGP), a not-for-profit 501(c) devoted to training pathologists and pathology assistants in Comparative Murine and Human Histology, Anatomy and Pathology. Their online courses were specifically designed for those interested in genetically modified mouse models of human disease. Dr. Cardiff also recruited an international faculty of concerned scholars, the Academy of Genomic Pathology. His CGP online (internet) courses in the Pathobiology of the Mouse were named The Outstanding Distance Learning Courses of 2010 and 2011 by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.
As a scientific researcher, Dr. Cardiff held NCI and ACS grants for most of his career. He has over 336 peer-reviewed papers and, including book chapters, 368 publications. Starting with his thesis work, Dr. Cardiff has specialized in mouse models of mammary cancer but has published broadly in cancer research, informatics, education, and administration. In 1985, Dr. Cardiff was presented with the Triton Research Award from Triton Biosciences, Inc. He was the recipient of the Sadusk Award from the Peralta Cancer Institute in 1986 and the UCD School of Medicine award for Outstanding Research. Since 1990, he has used the internet to provide pathology services for investigators using genetically modified mice to study human disease. He has over 1,100 co-authors from 28 countries. In 2018 he was recognized for his continued contributions to science as The UC Davis 2018 Distinguished Emeritus.
Dr. Cardiff has also provided leadership to the scientific community. He has been a member of numerous Editorial Boards of scientific journals and a frequent reviewer of submissions. He was a member of the California AIDS Task Force from 1984 to 1987 and the science advisory board for the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, CA, from 1985 to 1999. He was an active member of the International Association for Breast Cancer Research from 1984 to 1996, president from 2003 to 2006, and continued as chair of the IABCR board of governors until 2010.
Dr. Cardiff is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a master of the American Association of University Professors, where he served on the executive committee from 1983 to 1985. He is a member of the International Academy of Pathology, the Plato Society, Sigma Xi and the Center for Genomic Pathology. He also belonged to the California Society of Pathologists, where he held the role of president from 1990 to 1996 with the Northern California chapter and was a member of the board of directors for the Sacramento chapter from 1985 to 1996. In addition, he has belonged to professional societies such as CAP, IAP, AACR and others. His involvement in science has afforded him the opportunity to visit, teach and consult with many of his international colleagues and co-authors.
Dr. Cardiff’s broad set of educational experiences provided a framework for the professional life that followed; development of technology, problem-based learning, scientific methodology, education, mammary tumor biology, transgene biology and comparative pathology, all the while taking advantage of information acquisition, storage, retrieval and dispersal. The continued theme throughout his career has been to interpret, improve and understand basic biology and to disseminate the acquired advancements for the benefit of the scientific world. Dr. Cardiff’s multidisciplinary educational background provided an ability to recognize possibilities and participate in a fertile environment for collaborative advancement in comparative pathology, ultimately fostering collaboration in many academic arenas. While his scientific career has been primarily dedicated to the study of genomic pathology, his Emeritus career, with more than 129 publications, has also demonstrated the continued importance of cultural transmission of collaborative science. This is why he is a part of Who’s Who.
Dr. Cardiff has also been an enthusiastic, if somewhat inept, basketball player most his life. Since his retirement from on-court basketball in 2005, for solace, he has turned to running and reached the 10,000 mile mark on September 14, 2018.
Dr. Cardiff has previously been selected for inclusion in the sixth edition of Who’s Who in American Education and multiple 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.
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