Gary V. Doern, PhD

Chairman, Clinical Microbiology Division of the ASM

Dr. Doern received his B.S. Degree from Northwestern University in 1970 and his Ph.D. Degree in Pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1977. Following two years of fellowship training in clinical microbiology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, he became Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA where he remained for 18 years.

In 1997, he moved to the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City as Professor of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. In 2010, he retired as Professor Emeritus from his position at the University of Iowa.

In addition to his service activities as director of clinical microbiology in two large academic medical centers, Dr. Doern has been a productive researcher. His research endeavors, focused primarily in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and rapid methods for the diagnosis of infection, have led to more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has authored more than 100 book chapters, reviews and monographs.

He has been Chairman of the Clinical Microbiology Division of the American Society for Microbiology, Head of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, a member of the ICAAC program committee and for nine years, a voting member of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly the NCCLS). He served for five years as the Editor and Chief of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the foremost journal in its discipline worldwide, and has been a member of the editorial boards of six other journals in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. Dr. Doern received the Outstanding Medical Educator Award for his teaching activities at UMMC and the University of Iowa College of Medicine during 25 of his 34 years at those institutions. He has delivered more than 600 invited lectures in various medical-scientific educational forums worldwide.

Dr. Doern is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. In 1995, he received the distinguished Becton-Dickinson Award from the American Society for Microbiology for lasting contributions to the discipline of clinical microbiology. In 2013, he received the prestigious ABMM-ABMLI Award for leadership in the field of clinical microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology.