801. Meet-the-Professor
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Laboratory Capabilities in Resource-Limited Settings
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 7:00 AM
Room: 107ABC

Ellen Jo Baron, PhD, FIDSA, Pathology, Clinical Microbiology & Virology Laboratories, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA

Ellen Jo Baron, PhD is Professor Emerita, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine. She directed Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Virology Laboratories at Stanford for 13 years. Her Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology was from Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, and her post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine was at UCLA (Sid Finegold, mentor). She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and an IDSA Fellow. She currently serves on the CMS Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee. She also is past-Chair of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Division C (Clinical Microbiology) and currently Group 1 Divisional Representative. Dr. Baron is active in diagnostic microbiology as a symposium presenter and author. She has presented her basic microbiology training program in Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, China, Panama, El Salvador as well as in the U.S. The program will eventually be used throughout the entire developing world. Dr. Baron is Secretary-Treasurer of Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program (www.DMDP.org ), an NGO whose mission is to support microbiology laboratory development in the resource-limited world. Dr. Baron has been on the editorial boards of key clinical microbiology journals, and was a volume editor (bacteriology) for the ASMís Manual of Clinical Microbiology for the last 4 editions. She has written or edited >30 books and chapters and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals (>90 publications) in the area of diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases. She was the recipient of the ASMís BioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology in 2000 and the Alice Evans Award for serving as a role model for women in the field in 1997. She won the 2003 Kenneth L.Vosti Teaching Award from the Infectious Diseases Division at Stanford. She is currently the Director of Medical Affairs for Cepheid, a high-technology molecular diagnostics company in Sunnyvale, CA., where she writes the On-Demand Newsletter, works on clinical trials, new test development, and publications involving Cepheid products. At Cepheid, Dr. Baron serves as an internal and external educator about the technology and its impact on patient care.

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