Michael A. Saubolle, Ph.D. ('14)

(Speaker Term: 7/1/12 - 6/30/14)
Department of Clinical Pathology
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ  85006

Phone: 602-839-3485
Fax: 602-839-5605   
E-mail: mike.saubolle@bannerhealth.com


Instructive Infectious Diseases Cases
Clinical cases of infectious disease interest will be presented initially as unknowns and then discussed in terms of significance with regard to pathology, microbiology, and epidemiology.  The cases will be chosen for their relevance to recent information available on the subject or to bring attention to specific issues relating to the etiologic agent(s) and to the practice of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.  The cases can include bacterial, fungal, mycobacterial, parasitic or viral etiologies.                                          
Aerobic Actinomycetes
This lecture will provide updates on the epidemiology, pathology and laboratory diagnosis of the nontuberculous mycobacteria, Nocardia, and other aerobic actinomycetes.  These can be divided into two or three formats:
A. Nontuberculous mycobacteria
B. Nocardia
C. Nocardia and other aerobic actinomycetes.     

The Laboratory in the Practice of Infectious Diseases
The discussion will focus on the crucial nature of clinical microbiology’s role in and contribution to the diagnosis of infectious diseases and patient care in today’s medical atmosphere.  The laboratory should be directly involved in all three components of laboratory flow of testing (i.e., preanalytic, analytic and postanalytic).  Partnering with clinicians to build algorithms and educate other clinicians as to appropriate testing formats and sequences, as well as to evaluate outcomes of testing on patient care, has become critical.  The financial well-being and, more importantly, the enhanced care of patients are dependent on the appropriate approach to diagnosis and use of laboratory data.
The Future of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
The microbiology laboratory faces shortages in well-trained manpower.  At the same time, it faces major obstacles, including the necessity of adjusting to the needs of medical care in turnaround time, the rapidly growing field of molecular testing and its reimbursement, and the changing horizon of medical care in general.  However, new opportunities for laboratory participation in patient care abound with the concept of partnered patient care.  The talk focuses on these issues in clinical microbiology and outlines in what areas the laboratories need to adjust and potentially how to do that.              

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH – Michael A. Saubolle, Ph.D.

Dr. Saubolle received his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctorate degree in Microbiology from the University of California at Davis.  He participated in an American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Microbiology and Public Health at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland.  He is a Diplomate of the ABMM and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  He is the Medical Director, Infectious Diseases Division, Laboratory Sciences of Arizona, with oversight of microbiology services at Banner Health System Hospitals and at Sonora Quest Laboratories in Arizona.  He has an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is Co-Director of the Infectious Disease Block at the Phoenix Campus.  Dr. Saubolle has authored or co-authored over 60 papers and book chapters.  He has been on many advisory committees for the Arizona Department of Health Services, the CDC and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute.  He has given many invited presentations at the national and international level.  His research interests include consensus on application of laboratory methods in diagnostics, improvement in patient outcomes, antimicrobial stewardship, and clinical issues with Nocardia. 


Primary Division:             C (Clinical Microbiology)

Secondary Division #1:    F (Medical Mycology)

Secondary Division #2:    U ( Mycobacteriology)