Robert J. Leonard, Ph.D.

R. Benton Adkins, Jr. Distinguished Service Award - 2004

Bob Leonard has made numerous significant contributions to the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. For example, he served as Secretary of our Association in exemplary fashion. He was the one of the early Chairs of the Educational Affairs Committee of our Association, and he established the importance of this role that has persisted to this day. Among his many accomplishments in this position, he spearheaded a large group effort to publish a series of seminal articles on "The Clinical Anatomy of Several Invasive Procedures" and many other "The Clinical Anatomy of the ..." articles. These articles have been widely read and deeply appreciated by not only members of our Association, but anatomists worldwide. Bob has also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and served as Editor of the AACA membership directory. 

Bob was educated at Montclair State College in New Jersey, where he majored in biology and secondary science education, with minors in chemistry and physics. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Minnesota Medical School, with a major in anatomy and a minor in zoology. He has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (Des Moines, Iowa), Sargent College of Allied Health Professions (Boston University), University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (Biddeford, Maine), University of California, Riverside, and is at present a Clinical Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine.

In the year 2000, Bob was selected by Executive Council to be the AACA Editor of Clinical Anatomy. He succeeded Sandy Marks in this role; very large shoes indeed! But Bob was clearly up to the task. He has performed exceeding well in this role. I have received many positive comments from our authors, but this is my favorite: "I thought I was a pretty good writer, but when I got my manuscript back after being edited by Bob Leonard, I recognized the hand of the master." Not only have our authors benefited greatly from Bob's skills, but our readers as well.

Another good move Bob made was to involve his wife, Bhasha, in the editorial process. All the association was able to offer her was a title (Copy Editor), but she has played an important role in the recent improvements in our Journal.  For personal reasons, Bob and Bhasha Leonard are stepping down from their duties with Clinical Anatomy. Their services will be sorely missed by the entire membership of the AACA and the BACA.