Dr. Joseph McConnell Recognized with Cooper Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
Award given for outstanding contributions to service in the area of lipoproteins and vascular diseases

RICHMOND, VA (AUGUST 15, 2014) – For his life’s work in fighting cardiovascular disease through advancing preventative diagnostic care, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. Chief Laboratory Officer and Co-founder Dr. Joseph McConnell was honored this month with the Cooper Award by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. 

The Cooper Award was established in 1992, and its first recipient was Dr. Gerald Cooper, the founding member of the AACC’s Lipoprotein and Vascular Diseases Division (LVDD). Dr. Cooper was renowned for his ongoing research on lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins in coronary heart disease, and served a long and distinguished career at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The award in Dr. Cooper’s name is given to individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of lipoproteins and vascular diseases and aimed at strengthening the value of high-quality research and services for cardiovascular disease.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by peers for the work I’ve devoted my life to, particularly with an award named after such a distinguished expert in our field,” Dr. McConnell says. “It is important that our division and all of us continue to push to transform the decades-old model of reactive cardiovascular care by offering physicians new testing tools and information that can drive disease prevention for millions of people.”

Dr. McConnell came to HDL, Inc. in 2009 from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he served as the Clinic’s Director of Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine and Chair of the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program. He was associated with the Clinic for more than 10 years, aiming to transform lipids and lipoproteins laboratory into a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment laboratory.  Dr. McConnell earned his Ph.D in Clinical Chemistry from Cleveland State University, in partnership with the well-known Cleveland Clinic, and served his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical chemistry at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, he has authored over 160 leading publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. 

About Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. 
Founded in 2008, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL, Inc.) is a leader in health management offering a comprehensive test menu of biomarkers of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and related diseases. HDL, Inc.’s systematic approach identifies factors contributing to disease and provides a basis for effective treatment, allowing physicians to more effectively manage their patients and individuals to take steps to improve their health. Individuals receive a personalized overview of their risk factors along with intensive counseling from expert Clinical Health Consultants at generally no additional cost, improving compliance and enhancing satisfaction. Through the My Health Counts program, HDL, Inc. offers comprehensive testing and wellness services to employers and is a proven partner for value-based, integrated care models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and health systems. HDL, Inc. is a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory. For more information, visit myHDL.com, and make HDL, Inc. part of your digital lifestyle at Facebook.com/myhdl and on Twitter @hdltweets. 

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