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.”

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

 ABMM certification is recognised worldwide as one of the highest credentials for practicing clinical & public health microbiology. After practicing Clinical Microbiology for 10 years in India, I wanted to challenge my knowledge and expertise with this certification. The exam measures the candidate’s in depth knowledge about various pathogens,complex diagnostic methods, clinical co-relation laboratory biosafety issues and their expertise in laboratory administration & management. ABMM certification proves my ability to be a competent Clinical Microbiologist and a Laboratory Director.


Aruna Poojary, M.D.(Micro), D(ABMM)
Senior Clinical Microbiologist 
Breach Candy Hospital Trust, Mumbai, India

"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

"To me, ABMM certification signifies attainment of the highest level of training available in the fields of medical and public health laboratory microbiology. Being certified as an ABMM diplomate satisfies the requirements of CLIA for directorship of a clinical microbiology laboratory and it validates my expertise to my peers. To other doctoral-level microbiologists, I recommend seeking ABMM certification, as it is the benchmark of clinical and public health microbiology credentialing."

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Ryan F. Relich, PhD, D(ABMM)
Medical Director, IU Health Clinical Virology and Serology Laboratories
Associate Medical Director, IU Health Division of Clinical Microbiology 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, IU School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

"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

“ABMM certification is recognized world-wide as one of the highest measures of expertise in medical microbiology. I sought ABMM certification to pursue a career in clinical microbiology, and be recognized for my knowledge and experience to direct medical and public health microbiology laboratories. To my opinion, ABMM certification offers an excellent career path to doctoral level scientists, who possess required training and experience to be eligible for the board examination.”

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Mohammad Rubayet Hasan, PhD, D(ABMM)
Clinical R&D Scientist, Microbiology & Virology, Department of Pathology
Sidra Medical and Research Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q)
Doha, Qatar