Advancing excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide

Prof Khosrow Adeli, IFCC President Elect

Khosrow Adeli PhD, FCACB, DABCC, FAACC

Pediatric Laboratory Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8

Professor Adeli is currently the Head of Clinical Biochemistry at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Vice-Chair of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. He is also a senior scientist in Molecular Medicine at the Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children. He is very well known for his extensive national and international contributions over the past 30 years to clinical laboratory service, research, and education.

Key Highlights of Professor Adeli’s Qualifications:

  • Past Chair and Vice-Chair of IFCC Communications & Publications Division (2006 - 18)
  • More than 30 years of clinical chemistry academica nd scientific experience in leadership positions
  • Internationally recognized for outstanding contributions

to clinical chemistry research, education, and service

  • Prominent researcher with >500 peer-reviewed articles and invited presentations, and >22,800 PubMed citations to published work

Leadership Positions:

  • Chair, IFCC Communications and Publications Division (2013 - 2018)
  • Chair, IFCC Public Relations Committee (2007 - 2012)
  • Board of Directors, AACC Academy (2015 - 2018)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (2013 - present)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, International Centre in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (2009 - 2018)
  • President, Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (2007 - 2010)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Biochemistry (1999 - 2006)

Research & Education:

  • Over 30 years of basic and clinical laboratory research experience in the area of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, lipid & lipoprotein metabolism
  • Scholarly Impact: h-index of 66 and i10-index of 241, with over 22,800 citations (Google Scholar Statistics)
  • Development of the Canadian Laboratory Initiative on Pediatric Reference Intervals (CALIPER), the world-leading database of children reference ranges adopted by clinical laboratories in over 100 countries worldwide
  • Program Director of the Postdoctoral Training at the University of Toronto for over 20 years
  • Trained over 50 clinical chemistry fellows, many of whom hold prominent positions in laboratories globally

International Award Recognition:

  • 2019 AACC & AACC Academy Outstanding Research Award
  • 2018 Hungarian Academy Honorary Award, Hungarian Academy of Laboratory Medicine
  • 2016 Canadian Society Innovation Award in Laboratory Medicine
  • 2015 AACC Pediatric-Maternal-Fetal Division Award
  • 2015 Canadian Society Outstanding Education Award
  • 2006 Canadian Society Outstanding Clinical Chemist Award
  • 2004 Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Biochemistry

Contributions to IFCC and its Membership:

Professor Adeli recently completed a 12-year term on the IFCC Communications and Publications Division (CPD). He initially served as CPD Vice-Chair and later as Chair over the past 6 years. CPD is responsible for all IFCC publications and communication activities including the eNews, eJournal, website, eAcademy/eLearning, and public relations activities. During his term as Chair, he worked closely with the CPD executive, committees, and working groups and played a leadership role in significantly enhancing publication and communication activities of the IFCC organization. Key achievements of CPD over the past 10 years include:

  • Creation of a Public Relations (PR) Committee and a global PR campaign on value of lab medicine in healthcare
  • A new and much improved IFCC Website
  • An expanded and improved eNewsletter now published monthly
  • Successful indexing of the electronic journal, eJIFCC
  • Development of the eAcademy distance learning platform
  • Development of an IFCC Mobile App to facilitate ready access to IFCC media
  • Support of an enhanced DIV magazine for member societies across Latin America

Professor Adeli has also directly interacted with and personally knows IFCC national representatives from around the world as well as corporate members. As a result of his IFCC contributions and research achievements, he has been invited to deliver numerous presentations to IFCC national societies and/or regional/international conferences. He has therefore developed strong relationships with many IFCC member societies as well as many IFCC officers within the IFCC organization.

Personal Statement:

I am passionate about laboratory medicine and at the opportunity to more extensively collaborate across our global communities to inspire and drive value to the profession and across healthcare. My considerable experience with the IFCC organization, numerous collaborations with IFCC members and member countries, as well as my productive track record during my term as IFCC division chair all collectively support my long-standing commitment and success to date.


The future holds considerable promise for the IFCC organization and its family of national societies and corporate members. I look forward to being part of the IFCC’s continued journey towards global leadership in lab medicine, contributing to its most valuable mission of improving clinical decision making and better healthcare worldwide.

Future Vision for the IFCC Organization:

I strongly believe that the IFCC organization is in a unique leadership position to:

  1. Continue to promote the value of laboratory medicine by gathering the evidence to demonstrate the value of lab medicine in clinical decision making and healthcare delivery, communicating this to the public and all stakeholders.
  2. Become the leader in developing practice guidelines to ensure optimal application and utilization of diagnostic services and improved clinical decision making using IFCC’s extensive and wide-ranging scientific expertise.
  3. Develop innovative quality improvement strategies and disseminate the concept of total quality management and quality systems approach to clinical laboratories and national societies, particularly in developing countries.
  4. Become the largest provider of free Distance Learning/eLearning in the field of laboratory medicine worldwide. Through the new eAcademy platform and its vast network of experts, IFCC can develop the most comprehensive database of eLearning programs to support education by its member societies particularly in developing countries.
  5. Encourage and support a culture of innovation in the IFCC community and communicate technological and process innovations to laboratory scientists and physicians globally. In association with regional federations, member societies, young scientists and corporate members, ensure that IFCC is a driver of technological innovations such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and their application in laboratory medicine.
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