Laboratory Analysis of the ePlex Blood Culture Panels for Timelier Diagnosis of Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteremia
Presented by: Sixto M. Leal Jr, MD, PhD and Todd McCarty, MD
Dr. Leal has a broad background in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and medicine with residency training in pathology and subspecialty fellowship training in medical microbiology. He received his MD/PhD training in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Case Western Reserve University, pathology residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Microbiology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology and has a special clinical interest in medical mycology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, infectious disease histopathology, and trainee education. He serves on the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Microbiology Resource Committee and Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) fungal diagnostics and antifungal subcommittee working groups.
Dr. McCarty completed medical school, internal medicine residency training, and infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. His interests span from medical education to clinical care of immunocompromised patients along with clinical trials and clinical research. In addition to being the fellowship program director for infectious diseases at UAB, he is also the co-director of antimicrobial stewardship at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and a member of the antimicrobial stewardship committee at UAB. He serves as the PI on multiple clinical trials evaluating new anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents as well.