Jack P. Strong, MD

Boyd Professor Emeritus



Department of Pathology
1901 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA. 70112


M. D.  Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, 1951

Board Certification:

Diplomat of American Board of Pathology. 

Pathologic Anatomy, 1957;

Clinical Pathology, 1958; Pediatric Pathology, 1990


Dr. Strong, an internationally known pathologist, well-respected around the country, holds the first Boyd Professorship awarded to an LSUHSC faculty member (this is the highest academic honor in the LSU system) and is the Head of the Department of Pathology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He has a broad interest in Anatomic, Clinical and Pediatric Pathology which includes teaching, research and clinical services to physicians and patients. His professionalism and boundless enthusiasm for his work and for LSU have influenced countless medical students, residents and graduate students to enter the field of pathology. 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 with early assessment of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease later in life. He has a wide range of expertise, including 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.

Research Interests

Natural history of human atherosclerosis

Epidemiology, geographic pathology and pathogenesis of atherosclerosis

Pathobiological determinants of atherosclerosis in youth

Atherosclerosis in primates

Geographic pathology of cancer

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

Head, Department of Pathology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1966 to date

Director of Laboratories, Louisiana State University Medical Center Health Care Services Division, 1998 to date

Director of Pathology Department, Charity Hospital, Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, 1975 to date*

Director of Pathology, University Hospital, 1994 to date


* Formerly Charity Hospital of Louisiana at New Orleans

Selected Publications

Strong, J.P., Malcom, G.T., Newman, W.P., III, and Oalmann, MC. 1992. Early lesionsOf atherosclerosis in childhood and youth: Natural history and risk factors.  J. Am. Coll.Nutr. ll(S):51S-54S.

Strong, J.P. 1992. Atherosclerotic lesions: Natural history, risk factors, and topography.Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 116:1268-1275.


Strong, J.P. and the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth (PDAY) Research Group. 1995. Natural history and risk factors for early human atherogenesis. Clin. Chem. 41(1):134-138.


Strong, J.P., Malcom, G.T., Oalmann, M.C., Wissler, R.W. for the PDAY Research Group. 1997. The PDAY Study.  The natural history, risk factors, and pathobiology.  Ann. NY Acad. Sci. 811:226-237.

Strong, J.P., Malcom, G.T., McMahan, A.C., Tracy, R.E., Newman III, W.P., Herderick,E.E., Cornhill, J.F, 1999.  Prevalence and extent of atherosclerosis in adolescents andyoung adults.  Implications for prevention from the Pathobiological Determinants ofAtherosclerosis in Youth.  JAMA 281(8):727-735. 

Takei, H., Strong, J.P., Yutani, C., and Malcom, G.T.  2005.  Comparison of coronary atherosclerosis in youth from Japan and the USA.  Atherosclerosis 180:171-179.

Zieske, A.Z., Tracy, R.P., McMahan, C.A., Herderick, E.E., Homma, S., Malcom, G.T., McGill Jr., H.C., Strong, J.P, for the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth Research Group.  2005.  Elevated serum C-reactive protein levels and advanced atherosclerosis in youth.  Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 25:1237-1243


Zieske, A.Z., McMahan, C.A., McGill Jr., H.C., Homma, S., Takei, H., Malcom, G.T., Tracy, R.E., Strong, J.P., for the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth (PDAY) Research Group. 2005. Smoking is associated with advanced coronary atherosclerosis in youth.  Atherosclerosis 180:87-92.

Troxclair, D.A., Schmidt, B.A., Herderick, E.E., Boudreau, D.A., Malcom, G.T., and Strong, J.P. 2006.  Aortic rhythmic wrinkling in youth – the PDAY Study.  Virchows. Archiv. 449:707-715.

Homma, S., Troxclair, D.A., Zieske, A.W., Malcom, G.T., Strong, J.P. for the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth (PDAY) Research Group. 2008.  Histological topographical comparisons of atherosclerosis progression in juveniles and young adults.  Atherosclerosis 197:791-798.

Additional Info

Jack Perry Strong, M.D. Endowed Chair of Pathology, Established 1992

International Academy of Pathology, Gold Medal, 1997

American Medical Association Distinguished Service Award, 1998

Spirit of Charity Award, 2001

Japanese Foreign Minister’s Award, 2004

Association of Pathology Chairs (APC/PRODS/PDAS) Distinguished Service Award, 2005

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology President’s Award, 2008

Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, 2008 (Japan)