|You can hear Dr. Ellen Jo Baron talking about the challenges and rewards of working in the developing world on this Microbe World webcast. |
Dr. Ellen Jo is the 2012 American Society for Microbiology Founders Distinguished Service Award Laureate.
Ellen Jo Baron, PhD is Professor Emerita, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine. She was formerly Director of the Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Virology Laboratories at Stanford University Medical Center. Until 2009 she served as Associate Chair of Pathology for Faculty Development and Diversity. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine at UCLA and the Wadsworth VAMC. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She is currently a Microbiology representative on the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee and a member of the Council of Clinical Advisors for the NIH Clinical Laboratories. She serves as a representative on the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute’s Microbiology Area Resource Committee. She also is past-Chair of Division C (Clinical Microbiology), the largest scientific division of the American Society for Microbiology.
Dr. Baron is very active in the field of diagnostic microbiology as a symposium presenter and author. For the World Health Organization, she co-developed the program for antimicrobial resistance detection and basic microbiology, which she presented in a number of resource-poor countries from 1995-1998 and again in 2005. In 2007 she developed a new basic microbiology training program for developing world, and it has been presented in Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, China, Panama, as well as in the U.S. The program will eventually be used throughout the entire developing world.
Dr. Baron has been on the editorial boards of key clinical microbiology journals, and was a volume editor (bacteriology) for the ASM’s Manual of Clinical Microbiology for the last 4 editions. She has written or edited >30 books and chapters and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases. She was the recipient of the ASM’s BioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology in 2000 and the Alice Evans Award for serving as a role model for women in the field in 1997. She won the 2003 Kenneth L.Vosti Teaching Award from the Infectious Diseases Division at Stanford. She is currently the Director of Medical Affairs for Cepheid, a high-technology molecular diagnostics company in Sunnyvale, CA., where she writes the On-Demand Newsletter, works on clinical trials, new test development, and publications involving Cepheid products. At Cepheid, Dr. Baron serves as an internal and external educator about the technology and its impact on patient care.