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Clinical Microbiology Service

The Clinical Microbiology Service in the Department of Laboratory Medicine provides our patients with rapid and accurate diagnoses of microbial infections. The service, in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, is staffed by two attendings, one manager, three supervisors, and more than 40 technologists, technicians, and clerical personnel.

It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers comprehensive testing in bacteriology, antimicrobial susceptibility, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology, and infectious disease serology using both conventional methods and cutting-edge technologies such as real-time PCR, solid and liquid microarrays, nucleic acid sequencing, and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The two attending members provide consultations on selection of diagnostic tests and interpretation of test results.

The Clinical Microbiology Service engages in numerous clinical and translational research projects including development and evaluation of molecular diagnostic assays, epidemiology studies, and patient outcome studies, in collaboration with MSK’s Infectious Diseases Service


The Department of Laboratory Medicine offers a fellowship accredited by the American Academy of Microbiology Committee on Postdoctoral Educational Programs. Fellows in this program receive training in diagnosis of microbial infections, with special emphasis on immunocompromised patients.

Learn more about the Clinical Microbiology Fellowship program.