1612. Direct Detection of Bloodstream Infections
Session: Symposium: Laboratory Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections: New Technologies and Continuing Challenges
Friday, October 5, 2018: 2:25 PM
Room: W 2006-2008
Donna Wolk, MHA, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Laboratory Medicine, Geisinger Health, Danville, PA

Service Role: Dr. Wolk serves as the Director of the Division of Molecular and Microbial Diagnostics and Development, in the Diagnostic Medicine Institute at Geisinger Health, an integrated healthcare delivery network serving approximately 3 million people and pioneering the adoption of population health and value-based care. Board Certification and Professional Activity: As a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), Dr. Wolk’s professional practice extends to the national and international level, supporting initiatives in clinical and molecular microbiology and laboratory leadership. She is the lead investigator for Geisinger Center for Laboratory Innovations and Outcomes and serves on a wide variety of editorial roles and as an author and editor for ASM Press and Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. Faculty Position and Research: She is currently an adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Wilkes University. Her translational research efforts focus on evaluation and evidence-based integration of new technology for infectious disease diagnostics, particularly for sepsis and bacteremia and she leads the Laboratory Medicine Best Practice initiatives for rapid diagnosis of bacteremia supported by the American Society for Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Awards: In 2012, she was awarded the 1885 Society’s Distinguished Scholar’s Award at the University of Arizona and in 2016 she received the American Society for Microbiology’s BD Award for Clinical Research in Microbiology. To honor her work, she was recently featured in the 2018 ASM Press book, “Women in Microbiology” Education: Dr. Wolk’s Post-doctoral fellowship was in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; her Ph.D. was awarded in Pathobiology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; and she earned a Master’s in Health Administration from Wilkes University and her B.S. in Microbiology/ Medical Technology from Penn State University.


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