Dr. Lobaugh Retires, Named Professor Emeritus

Pathology Professor Bruce Lobaugh, PhD, MS, will retire on Dec. 31st, 2022, after an extraordinary career at Duke spanning nearly four decades. Lobaugh was initially employed as an assistant professor in the Departments of Physiology, Surgery, and Medicine. He joined the Department of Pathology as associate professor in 2002, and was promoted to professor in 2013.

 During his time in the department, Lobaugh distinguished himself as a scholar and teacher, and perhaps his greatest contribution has been in the area of laboratory leadership. As administrative director of the DUHS Clinical Laboratories, he has provided crucial oversight for the entire laboratory enterprise. 

Though he has particular areas of focus in clinical chemistry and point-of-care testing (with extraordinary responsibilities in terms of both sheer specimen volume and enormous number of testing sites), he has made innumerable contributions in other areas, including our rapid and successful implementation of COVID-19 testing during the pandemic as well as the standardization of cardiac marker testing platforms and practices across Duke Health. 

Over the past decade, he has been instrumental in the planning, building, and consolidation of new on-site laboratories, as well as with the implementation of the Beaker/Epic electronic medical record system.  In short, he has played a major role in taking our laboratories from good to world-class.

 “Lobaugh has been an outstanding friend, colleague, and leader in our department for decades,” said David Howell, MD, PhD. “He will be difficult to replace, and is richly deserving of his new title, Professor Emeritus of Pathology.”

A retirement celebration was held for Dr. Lobaugh on Fri., Dec. 16th, 2022, at Duke’s Searle Conference Center. See a photo gallery from the event here.

Group of colleagues with Dr. Lobaugh at retirement celebration
Dr. Lobaugh (pictured center), with colleagues at the retirement celebration