Microbiology and Virology
The Clinical Microbiology Division includes laboratories at Parkland Hospital, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, and Children’s Health℠. We provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests for the detection, isolation, characterization, and susceptibility testing of infectious agents. We utilize direct detection methods where possible for optimal patient care, including amplified and direct nucleic acid based tests. We also have expertise in the morphologic identification of blood parasites and infectious agents in histopathologic sections.
We serve a large metropolitan area and are a major referral center, thus we provide diagnostic support for a wide variety of adult and pediatric patient populations locally as well as regionally and internationally. We support diagnoses in adult and pediatric patient populations ranging from individuals with community-acquired infections to cystic fibrosis patients, severely immunosuppressed AIDS and transplant patients to international travelers with infections.
The three laboratories employee more than 100 technologists and perform approximately 956,000 procedures per year.
The laboratory has close ties with our Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Divisions, Infection Prevention, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and the Dallas County Health Department.
- ACGME-accredited Fellowship in Clinical Microbiology (American Board of Pathology)
- Pathology resident rotations
- Infectious Diseases fellow rotations
- Medical student rotations
- Applied research with evaluation of new diagnostic assays
- Division faculty are actively engaged in various research activities, often in collaboration with faculty from other departments, as well as outside institutions