Christopher Doern, PhD
Christopher Doern, Ph.D, is the medical director of clinical microbiology at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and assistant professor of Pathology at UT - Southwestern Medical Center. He took his position as director upon completing a fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. He is board certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM).
In addition to providing medical direction for the microbiology laboratory, Dr. Doern is actively pursuing several research interests. His research interests include the development of molecular tools for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases. This includes implementation and application of new and emerging technologies that promise to improve our ability to diagnose disease in a rapid manner. He is particularly interested in assessing the utility of these technologies to discover how they can best be used to improve patient care and impact physician decision making. He is also interested in studying the changing epidemiology of bacterial antibiotic resistance in pediatrics. Of particular interest is understanding the emergence of resistant Gram negative organisms. Lastly, Dr. Doern actively participates in FDA clinical trials which cover a broad array of diagnostic methodologies such as blood culturing, respiratory virus testing and molecular diagnostics.