Dr Susan Sharp

Dr. Sharp received her B.S. in Medical Technology and her M.S. in Medical Microbiology & Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology from the Veterinary School of Medicine, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She then did a 2-year post-doctorate fellowship in Clinical Microbiology in the Department of Pathology, Division of Microbiology, at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. She is currently the Regional Director for Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Sharp has been a clinical microbiologist and a very active member of The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for 30 years serving on various boards and committees.  She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.  Dr. Sharp served as the Chair of the ASM PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices from 2007 to 2015, as well as Chair of the Examination Development committee and Vice-Chair of the ABMM during 1999-2015.  She was selected as the 2012 bioMerieux Sonnenwirth laureate, ASM’s highest award given for leadership in clinical microbiology.  Dr. Sharp also currently serves as an Advisor to the CLSI Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Sub-Committee and is a member of the Board of Scientific Councilors for the Office of Infectious Diseases of the CDC.  Dr. Sharp will serve as President of ASM from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Dr. Sharp has given numerous lectures, seminars and workshops locally, nationally and internationally, and has numerous publications in the field of clinical microbiology.  Her most prominent area of interest has centered on cost-effective, clinically-relevant diagnostic microbiology.