ABMM Testimonials

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Nicole Jackson
American College of Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

tel: (202) 942-9257
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email: certification@asmusa.org

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Why I Sought ABMM Certification


“When I first stepped into the clinical microbiology field, I was impressed by the outstanding knowledge and experience the ABMM Diplomates demonstrated and decided to become one. The certification proved that the goal was achievable and opened up many more opportunities.”


Lixia Liu, Ph.D., MP(ASCP), D(ABMM)Lixia LiuDeputy Director
Indiana State Department of Health Laboratories



“I sought ABMM certification to prove to myself, and also to my peers, that I have successfully achieved the goal of the CPEP-approved Clinical Microbiology Fellowship: to become proficient in the field of clinical microbiology. While we will all continue to gain valuable knowledge and experience throughout our careers as laboratory directors, ABMM certification confirms that we have taken the appropriate first step to become leaders in the field of clinical microbiology.”


Elitza Theel, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Director, Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory
Division of Clinical Microbiology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN



"I sought ABMM certification because it meets the CLIA credentials for Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant and provides credentialing support when working as a legal expert witness.  Having ABMM certification allowed me to keep my present job as a laboratory director for a public health laboratory and to practice with a high degree of responsibility, independence and authority.  With the ever increasing scrutiny of credentials by CLIA inspectors and employers, it is essential that those wishing to practice as microbiology laboratory directors become ABMM certified."


Robert M. Wadowsky, Sc.D., D(ABMM)
Public Health Laboratory Director
Allegheny County Health Department
Pittsburgh, PA



"I sought ABMM certification to demonstrate to myself and to my peers that I could achieve the highest level of expertise across the breadth of clinical microbiology.  Board certification represents an objective measure of excellence in our field and gives credibility to laboratory professionals who wish to become the director of a clinical or public health microbiology laboratory."

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Gerald A. Capraro, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Associate Medical Director, Diagnostic Virology Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
Shreveport, LA



"ABMM certification is recognized as one of the highest credentials for doctoral-level microbiologists practicing in clinical, diagnostic microbiology and public health. This certification not only validates my expertise in medical microbiology and the regulations governing its practice but also recognizes my experience, training, and competence in carrying out my professional responsibilities."

Lakshmi Chandramohan, Ph.D.,D(ABMM)
Medical Microbiology and Virology Laboratories
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX



"As a Clinical Microbiologist who was trained in Canada, I sought ABMM certification to validate my knowledge and experience and to become qualified to direct CLIA certified diagnostic microbiology laboratories performing high complexity testing. In my opinion, ABMM certification is the highest level of credential one can achieve in the field of Clinical Microbiology. The comprehensive exam measures candidate’s in depth knowledge of direct testing, reporting, and safety, as well as their expertise in laboratory administration and management, all of which are essential to competently direct a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory."


Shadi Sepehri M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Research Scientist, Manitoba Institute of Child Health
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada