1319. Blood Cultures (Laboratory Perspective)
Session: Symposium: Blood Cultures 2011 – Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 1:45 PM
Room: 210ABC

Melvin Weinstein, MD, FIDSA, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Melvin P. Weinstein is an honors graduate of Rutgers University and received his M.D. degree from the George Washington University. He trained in Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital and in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at the University of Colorado. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Medical Microbiology. Dr. Weinstein currently holds the title of Professor of Medicine and Pathology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he is also Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease, Allergy & Immunology and Director of the Microbiology Laboratory at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy at the Rutgers University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Weinstein is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is a member of CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and served as Vice Chair, member, and advisor of that organization’s Area Committee on Microbiology. He also has served as a member of the FDA Microbiology Devices Panel and currently is a member of the FDA Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Committee. From 1991 through 1997 he served as a Trustee of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. He was the recipient of the 2004 BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and the 2011 BioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology from the ASM and also the Leonard Tow 2004 Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Dr. Weinstein has authored more than 100 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous invited articles, chapters, and published abstracts. His research has focused on the clinical and prognostic importance of bloodstream infections, the scientific basis for blood culture methods and systems, improved methods for detection of antibiotic resistance in the clinical laboratory, and cost-effective use of diagnostic testing. He has been the Section Editor for Medical Microbiology for Clinical Infectious Diseases since 1996 and a Section Editor for the 8th,9th, and 10th editions of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology published by the ASM Press. He served on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and American Journal of Infection Control, and he currently serves as on the Editorial Boards of Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Reviews.

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