Dr. Rohde and his students have received many awards for their posters and publications. Numerous students from his program have gone on to be accepted to a variety of very competitive graduate programs, including Drexel University, Johns Hopkins and Duke. A colleague stated that Dr. Rohde's "most important contribution to CLS is his success at mentoring faculty, students and alumni."
As devoted advocates of the profession, Dr. Rohde and his colleagues in Texas have spent many hours testifying to the state of Texas Legislature on the need for licensure for CLS. Through their work, they have showcased the significance of CLS in both the public health and clinical medicine arenas.
Dr. Rohde is a prolific researcher and writer whose focus is the epidemiology, detection and treatment of infectious organisms. One colleague describes Dr. Rohde as a "true scholar, incorporating research into his everyday activities." He gets his students involved in this research, resulting in the development of new techniques that allow for rapid and accurate diagnoses. Recent work centers on Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Dr. Rohde goes way beyond the bench, collaborating with civic groups and medical providers on the efforts to beat this dangerous bug. He helped create clinical guidelines for the prevention, treatment and containment of MRSA infections in county jails as an active member of the Texas MRSA Correctional Facility Workgroup.
Despite numerous accolades, Dr. Rohde remains humble and grateful to what the profession has given him. He has a true passion for helping his students find their career path and for helping them to become future leaders in this profession.
Cardinal Health is honored to recognize Dr. Rohde as the winner of the 2015 urEssential Award. For all that you do, we thank you Dr. Rohde, because urEssential.
As recipient of the 2015 urEssential Award, a $20,000 donation will be made to the school of Dr. Rohde's choosing as scholarship funding for students seeking careers in laboratory science.
Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., M.S., SV, SM(ASCP)CM, MBCM is President of TACLS (2015-17) and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity for his contributions to the CLS profession. He received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Masters (Biology with an emphasis in Virology) degrees from Texas State University. He received his Ph.D. in Education (Adult Professional Community Education) with an emphasis in a public health dissertation on MRSA in 2010.