Dr. Ananda S. Prasad

Title: Distinguished Professor
Company: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Location: Orchard Lake, Michigan, United States

Dr. Ananda S. Prasad, Distinguished Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and higher education.

Interested in health sciences from a young age, Dr. Prasad desired to aid those in need by becoming a medical scientist. Attending Patna Science College in India, he earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine in 1946 and 1951, respectively. Later completing an internship at the Patna Medical College Hospital for the following year, he relocated to the United States in 1952, where he served in a residency in pathology at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas, TX, and served as a resident in medicine at the University of Minnesota. He was a senior resident of metabolism at the Minneapolis VA Hospital soon thereafter; he served the university as a research fellow in the department of medicine and in 1957, earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine. After gaining prominence in the field, he received an honorary doctorate from Claude Bernard University in Lyon, France, in 1999.

Since 2011, Dr. Prasad has been a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and since 1998 has served the University as an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. Prior to these appointments, he held multiple roles with the University, including Director of Research in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Director of Research in the Department of Medicine, Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor. Previously serving as Assistant Professorship at Vanderbilt University and Professor of Medicine at the University of Shiraz in Iran.

Dr. Prasad has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and has served in leadership positions of myriad boards and committees. A longtime reviewer, author, co-author, editor and co-editor, he has sat on the editorial boards of a plethora of journals, including Frontiers in Nutrition, the American Journal of Hematology (founding Editor), the International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutritional Sciences, Journal of Trends in Biomedicine, and founding Editor of the Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine. A pioneer in the discovery of the effects of zinc on metabolism in human, he most recently had a lecture named in his honor entitled the Ananda S. Prasad Annual Lecture in Physiology by the American College of Physicians. He has additionally been a longtime grantee of the National Institute of Health and was notably the recipient of a mastership from the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. In 2007, he was the recipient of the American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. He received the prestigious Mahidol Award from the king of Thailand in 2011.  Dr. Prasad served the Nutrition Board of National Academy of Science Research Council and his research on zinc metabolism lead to the establishment of Recommended Dietary Allowance for zinc by US Congress in 1974. He was appointed Corresponding Member of The European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities in 2000.

Dr. Prasad has authored or co-authored over 350 scientific articles and 15 books.

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