Julie A. Ribes, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Microbiology
Vaneet Arora M.D., M.P.H. D.(A.B.M.M.) F.C.C.M.
Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology
Clinical Microbiology is a full service, state of the art laboratory that provides services 24 hour/day, seven days/week to meet the needs of the University Hospital and its associated clinics. It is both CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited and CLIA certified. Aerobic and anaerobic bacterial identification and susceptibility testing is accomplished via a combination of both automated and manual methods in compliance with the latest CLSI guidelines. Virology, mycology and mycobacteriology are housed in biosafety level 3 facilities within the laboratory and provide both rapid and extended identification of clinically significant pathogens. Extensive stool and ectoparasite identification services are likewise provided. Blood and tissue parasites examinations may be referred to the director of Clinical Microbiology for interpretation. This Clinical Microbiology laboratory provides an ever growing list of qualitative and quantitative molecular diagnostic services including syndromic panels as well as single/multiple analyte assays, and the detection of resistance genes to support clinical services, and hospital infection prevention and control. This facility serves as a reference testing laboratory for difficult to identify bacteria, susceptibility testing, molecular diagnostics and other specialty microbiology services for other area hospitals and for research protocols.