Jack P. Strong

Jack Perry Strong


Born: Birmingham, Alabama

Academic Degrees

  • BS: University of Alabama, 1948
  • MD: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1951

Academic Positions

  • 1952 - 1966 Assistant, then Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Pathology Louisiana State University School of Medicine
  • 1966 - 2010 Boyd Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine


  • Jefferson Hillman Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama

Selected Career Highlights

  • Recipient of the first LSU (Louisiana State University) Board of Supervisors "Boyd Professorship" in recognition of his "outstanding career in the health sciences" and for those who have attained singular international recognition in their respective academic discipline (1980). He also is the first LSU Distinguished Alumnus Awardee in 1984 (the highest alumnus award given).

  • A world's expert in atherosclerosis. In 1958, he began a formal experimental study of arteriolsclerosis in primates, part of which involved a two-month sojourn to Kenya, where wild baboons were examined to determine the presence and extent of arterial lesions. Tissues acquired during that field trip formed the basis for later experiments in primates and additional comparative studies of human arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

  • Co-author of more than 330 publications covering the natural history of human atherosclerosis; epidemiology, geographic pathology and pathogenesis of atherosclerosis; atherosclerosis in primates; and the geographic pathology of cancer.

  • Member of six Editorial Boards including:

    • Atherosclerosis
    • Experimental and Molecular Pathology
    • Modern Pathology
    • Pathology Research and Practice
  • President, the Association of Pathology Chairmen (1970) and the American Board of Pathology (1990-1991), and Assistant Secretary of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists, Chairman of the Committee on Myocardial and Coronary Artery Lesions/Council on Arteriosclerosis of the American Heart Association (1967-1970).

  • Chair of the IAP and the USCAP Finance Committees (1993-2009). Treasurer of the IAP (1992-2010).

  • Recipient of the IAP Gold Medal (1997).

  • Held over 50 peer-reviewed grants from the NIH and other funding agencies totaling over $20 million.

  • Very active in the American Medical Association since 1980. Member, Council on Scientific Affairs (1985-1994); in this regard authored one hundred publications in the JAMA (Council on Scientific Affairs Report). Recipient of the AMA Distinguished Service Award (1998).

  • Association of Pathology Chair's Distinguished Service Award (2005).

  • Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board of the AFIP, and consultant to the WHO Atherosclerosis Project.

  • The Jack Perry Strong Professorship of Pathology was established in his name/honor in1992.

  • Director of the LSU Cardiovascular Center (1992 - 2010).

  • He has received a great many other deserved awards including: The John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award from the largest county medical society (The Houston Harris County Society) and the Japanese Foreign Minister's Award from the foreign ministry government of Japan for his endeavors in fostering the relationships/partnership between the USA and Japan.

  • In 2008 he received a prestigious decoration from the Japanese Government - the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. This award recognizes his contributions to academic and cultural exchanges between Japan and the United States. The criteria for this award are more stringent than getting an NIH grant. Only 15 people have ever won the award, and only 5 Americans have received it.

  • Serves as President of the Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans which has just established the first public authentic Japanese Garden in Louisiana within the Botanical Gardens of New Orleans City Park. A member of other organizations related to Japanese culture and interests, he is learning Japanese.

  • Hobbies include vegetable gardening and cooking (especially notable for his Chinese cuisine).

  • He and his wife, Mihoko, and his Department and School courageously survived Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005.


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