Microbiology/Immunology Laboratory

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Microbiology/Immunology Laboratory, Department of Clinical Pathology
403 North 13th Street, Clinical Support Center (CSC Building) Room 538-565
Richmond, VA 23298

Hours of Operation: 24 hours/day--7 days/week
Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234

 

Microbiology/Immunology is the only clinical laboratory providing diagnostic microbiology and immunology services at VCU Health System. 

Microbiology is staffed 24/7 and offers full diagnostic testing in Bacteriology (aerobic and anaerobic), Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology and Virology.

Immunology is staffed 7 days/week and offers comprehensive testing in Infectious disease serology testing, Autoimmune serologic testing including ANA and Electrophoresis.

 

Stat Lab--open 24/7

Microbiology/Immunology offers rapid turn-around-time on selected tests. Tests include: Gram Stains, Crytococcal Antigen, direct detection of Trichomonas vaginalis, enterovirus in CSF, and Group A Strep.  Direct detection of influenza A and B are also available during respiratory virus season.

 

Laboratory Test Descriptions

Microbiology Immunology Lab Test Descriptions (pdf)

 

The Clinical Pathology Receiving area is located on the MCV campus in the Clinical Support Center (CSC), 403 N. 13th Street, 6th floor Room 643.

 

Anaerobic Antibiogram (pdf)

Antibiotic Antibiogram‌ (pdf)
--The Microbiology/Immunology laboratory compiles and publishes yearly statistics on bacteria isolated in the institution versus formulary antibiotics.

Blood Culture Collection Instructions (pdf)

 

Useful Links

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
 (ASCLS)
American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)   
American Society for Microbiology
 (ASM) 
Clinical Immunology Society
  
Clinical Laboratory Management Association
 (CLMA)
College of American Pathologists (CAP) 
National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS)

International Organizations 

Canadian Association For Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases   
The European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
 (EAACI)  
The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
   
The World Health Organization

Government     

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CLIANet
 for CLIA Regulations 
Virginia State Department of Health

General

The Immunology Link     

 

Lab Leadership and Contact Information

Justin B Dalton, MD

Justin B. Dalton, MD

Immunopathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Clinical Immunology
Justin.Dalton@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 828-5389
Fax: (804) 828-8177

Christopher D Doern, PhD

Christopher D. Doern, PhD

Clinical Microbiology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Associate Director of Microbiology
Christopher.Doern@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 628-0191

Betty A Forbes, PhD

Betty A. Forbes, PhD

Clinical Microbiology
Professor of Pathology
Director of Clinical Microbiology
Betty.Forbes@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 828-3494