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Susan received her B.S. in Medical Technology and her M.S. in Medical Microbiology & Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology from the Veterinary School of Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. She then did a 2-year post-doctorate fellowship in Clinical Microbiology in the Department of Pathology, Division of Microbiology, at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut with Drs. Ray Bartlett and Jim MacLaughlin. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology.
She is currently the Regional Director of Microbiology in the Department of Pathology for Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, OR, and holds an Associate Professor position in the Department of Pathology at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
She is currently the Chair of the ASM PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices, and is the Vice-Chair of ASM’s American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM). She serves as the Microbiology Section Editor for ASCP’s LabQ education exercises, is a member of ASM’s Cumitech Editorial Board, and is a review member for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and The Permanente Journal.
She has given numerous lectures, seminars and workshops locally, nationally and internationally, and has numerous publications in the field of clinical microbiology.