Ana María Cárdenas, PhD, Assistant Director, Clinical Virology Laboratory and Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, is now a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM).
Dr. Cardenas received her Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. To earn the ABMM credential, Dr. Cardenas first met rigorous educational and experiential eligibility requirements and then passed a comprehensive written examination. She has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.
The ABMM was established in 1959 and is one of three boards of the American College of Microbiology administering highly stringent certification programs. Certification by the ABMM is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements for high complexity laboratory directors and is recognized under the final rule of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
The American College of Microbiology, a component of ASM's Professional Practice Committee, is responsible for certification of microbiologists and immunologists, accreditation of postdoctoral training programs, and other programs consistent with its mission of providing leadership in promoting the high quality and ethical practice of the microbiology and immunology professions for the benefits of human, animal, and environmental well-being. Get more information about the ABMM or contact the College.