The Laboratory Workgroup

The Laboratory Workgroup (LW) provides input to the ACD,CDC agency-wide activities related to implementation of improvements to strengthen the quality of work within CDC laboratories. The members are experts in public health science and practice; quality management and diagnostic regulations; and laboratory testing and research. The LW will work with the ACD, CDC in their development of advice and recommendations regarding the effective implementation of laboratory quality improvements across the agency to ensure the agency’s laboratories achieve a gold-standard level of quality using advanced laboratory science.

Terms of Reference (March 2023) [PDF – 173 KB]

Terms of Reference  (June 2022 – February 2023) [PDF – 183 KB]

Recommendations for Enhancing CDC Laboratory Policies, Practices and Systems

Testing of Specimens Not Meeting Routine Acceptance Criteria Report [PDF – 367 KB]

Name Organization Title
Laboratory Workgroup Members
Jill Taylor, PhD Association of Public Health Laboratories Senior Advisor for Scientific Affairs
Joshua Sharfstein, MD Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Professor of the Practice
David Fleming, MD University of Washington School of Public Health Clinical Associate Professor
Jay K. Varma, MD Siga Technologies Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Daniel D. Rhoads, MD Cleveland Clinic Microbiology Section Head
Angela M. Caliendo, MD, PhD, FIDSA, FAAM Brown University Executive Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Alpert Medical School
Scott Zimmerman, DrPH, MPH, HCLD (ABB) Lab Corp Vice President, Department of Science & Technology
Alberto Gutierrez, PhD NDA Partners LLC Partner
Jennifer L. Rakeman, PhD Cephid Senior Director, Medical Affairs, Public Health Programs
Robin Patel, MD(CM), D(ABMM), FIDSA, FACP, F(AAM) Mayo Clinic Professor; Director, Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory; Co-Director, Bacteriology Laboratory
Grace Kubin, PhD Texas Department of State Health Services Director, Laboratory Services Section
Paul B. Kimsey, PhD, MA California Department of Health Deputy Director; Director, State Public Health Laboratory
Ruth Lynfield, MD Minnesota Department of Health State Epidemiologist, Medical Director
Tim Southern, PhD, MS, D(ABMM) South Dakota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory Director
Denise Toney, PhD (HCLD) Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of General Services Laboratory Director, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services