Jack Strong, MD, who heads the Department of Pathology, is an internationally known pathologist, who holds the first Boyd Professorship awarded to an LSU Health Sciences Center faculty member (this is the highest academic honor in the LSU system; currently there are seven Boyd Professors at LSUHSC). He has a broad interest in anatomic, clinical and pediatric pathology, which includes teaching, conducting research, and providing clinical services to physicians and patients. His primary area of research is cardiovascular pathology, with particular interest in the etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, and geographic pathology of atherosclerosis. His current research focus is on the early assessment of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease later in life. His range of expertise includes post mortem human population studies of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis induction and regression in animal primates, and the natural history of human atherosclerosis.