Dr. Donna M. Wolk

Dr. Donna Wolk - Director of Clinical MicrobiologyDONNA M. WOLK, MHA, Ph.D.,D(ABMM)
Division Director, Molecular and Microbial Diagnostics and Development

100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822-1930
1 800 695 6491

Dr. Wolk is the Division Director, Molecular and Microbial Diagnostics and Developmentat GML and Director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory at the Weis Research Center. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and a board-certified medical laboratory scientist

Education:

Dr. Wolk received her Master’s in Health Administration at Wilkes University and her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and molecular microbiology at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota.

Professional Affiliations:

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
American Society for Molecular Pathology (AMP)
Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA)

Research Interests:

Translational research in infectious disease diagnostics to support evidence-based interventions that focus on improving outcomes for bacteremia, sepsis, and drug resistant infections.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Ahmad M, Jacobs D, Wu H, Wolk DM, Kazmi, SAJ, Jaramillo C, Toms SA. Cladophialophora bantiana: A rare intracerebral fungal abscess. Case series and review of literature. Surg J 2017; 2(3): e62-e68.

Buehler SS, Madison B, Snyder SR, Derzon JH, Cornish N, Saubolle M, Weissfeld A, Weinstein, M, Liebow EB, and Wolk DM. Effectiveness of Practices To Increase Timeliness of Providing Targeted Therapy for Inpatients with Bloodstream Infections: a Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Clin Microbiol Rev 2016; 29(1): 59-103.

Stoneking LR, Winkler JP, DeLuca LA, Stolz U, Stutz A, Luman JC, Gaub M, Wolk DM, Fiorello AB, Denninghoff KR. Physician documentation of sepsis syndrome is associated with more aggressive treatment. West J Emerg Med 2016; 16(3): 401-407.

Pfaller, MA, Wolk, DM, Lowery, TJ. T2MR and T2Candida: novel technology for the rapid diagnosis of candidemia and invasive candidiasis. Future Microbiol 2016; 11: 103-117.

Hernandez DR, Newton DW, Ledeboer NA, Buchan B, Young C, Clark AE, Connoly J, Wolk DM. Multicenter Evaluation of MRSASelect II Chromogenic Agar for Identification of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus from Wound and Nasal Specimens. J Clin Microbiol 2016; 54(2): 305-311.

Hernandez, DR, Clark, AE, Johnson, DR, Olson, D., Wolk, DM. . T2MR and T2Candida: novel technology for the rapid diagnosis of candidemia and invasive candidiasis. Future Microbiol 2015; 11: 103-117.

Cunningham A. Martinez RM, Hernandez DR and Wolk DM. Microbial biorepositories in clinical microbiology. Clin Microbiol Newslett 2014; 36: 41-48.

Malo J, Luraschi-Monjagatta C, Wolk DM, Thompson R, Hage CA, Knox KS. Update on the diagnosis of pulmonary coccidioidomycosis. Ann Am Thorac Soc 2014; 11(2): 243-253.

Schieffer KM, Tan KE, Stamper PD, Somogyi A, Andrea SB, Wakefield T, Romagnoli M, Chapin KC, Wolk DM, Carroll KC. Multicenter evaluation of the Sepsityper™ extraction kit and MALDI-TOF MS for direct identification of positive blood culture isolates using the BD BACTEC™ FX and VersaTREK(®) diagnostic blood culture systems. J Appl Microbiol 2014; 116(4): 934-941.

Malo J, Luraschi-Monjagatta C, Wolk DM, Thompson R, Hage CA, Knox KS.. Update on the diagnosis of pulmonary coccidioidomycosis. Ann Am Thorac Soc 2014; 11(2): 243-53.

Clark AE, Kaleta EJ, Arora A, Wolk DM. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry: a fundamental shift in the routine practice of clinical microbiology. Clin Microbiol Rev 2013; 26(3): 547-603.

Stoneking LR, Patanwala AE, Winkler JP, Fiorello AB, Lee ES, Olson DP, Wolk DM.. Would earlier microbe identification alter antibiotic therapy in bacteremic emergency department patients. J Emerg Med 2013; 44(1): 1-8.

Other Publications:

Cooper JD, Dometita D, Hasan A, Dorion RP, Wolk DM, Martinez RM. "Orange" you glad you checked the buffy coat. Clinical Microbiology Newsletter . 2015; 37(2): 9-13 .

Abstracts, Posters, and Other Presentations:

Martinez RM, Kay HE, Scicchitano LM, Wolk DM. Implementation of non-batched respiratory virus assay significantly impacts patient outcomes in the ICU. Abstract Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, Daytona Beach, FL, May 19-22, 2016.

Styer AM, Rygalski KS, Scicchitano LM, Wolk DM. Verification of T2Candida Panel for the identification of Candida species in EDTA-preserved whole blood. Abstract Inaugural ASM Microbe Meeting, Boston, MA, June 16-20, 2016.

Johnson JK, Albrecht V, Karlsson M, Robinson G, Stevens V, Werner B, Schuetz A, Wolk DM, Marlowe E, Babady E, Miller M, Culbreath K, Butler-W S, Diekema D, Rasheed JK, Limbago B. Detection of CREs in US Clinical Laboratories. Abstract Inaugural ASM Microbe Meeting, Boston, MA, June 16-20, 2016.

Martinez RM, Shoemaker B, Riley J, Wolk DM. The TeleGram© of the 21st Century: the Digital Gram Stain. Abstract Inaugural ASM Microbe Meeting, Boston, MA, June 16-20, 2016.

Martinez RM, Scicchitano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Heiter BJ, Ney YA, Wolk, DM . Evaluation of the Focus Simplexa Group A Strep analyte-specific reagent (GAS-ASR) used with the Janus pipetting system for the detection of Group A streptococcus from throat swabs. Poster Abstract American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA, May 30 – June 2, 2015.

Hernandez Dr, Newton DW, Ledoboer NA, Buchan BW, Solenberger AC, Young C, Connoly J, Martinez RM, Wolk DM. Multi-center Evaluation of MRSASelect II Chromogenic Agar for Identification of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Wound and Nasal Sample. Abstract C568 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 18-21, 2015.

Martinez RM, Scicchitano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Wolk DM. Performance of two newly updated direct from sample methods for detection of influenza A/B and respiratory syncytial virus. Poster Abstract Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS), Daytona Beach, FL, April 26-29, 2015.

Martinez RM, Scicchitano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Wolk DM. Evaluation of the Cepheid Xpert Flu/RSV assay for the detection of influenza A/B and RSV. Poster Abstract Association for Molecular Pathology Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, November 13-15, 2014.

Hernandez DR, Deitrick-Beltz KA, Martinez RM, Wolk DM. Controlled clinical laboratory comparison of QuickFISH and FilmArray BCID panel for identification of microorganisms in new BacT/ALERT FA blood culture bottle. Poster Abstract American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting, Boston, MA, May 17-20, 2014.

Martinez RM, Scicchatano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Leberfinger MA, McElhinny AO Wolk DM . Real-time monitoring of respiratory illness during flu season using Altosoft. Poster Abstract Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS), Daytona Beach, FL, April 26 - 28, 2014.

Huang C, McCarthy JW, Zhang Y, Luraschi- Monjagatta C, Wolk DM, Knox KS, Feldmesser M, Wysocki VH. Finding Invasive Aspergillosis Protein Biomarkers in Patient Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid. Abstract 61st Annual American Society for Mass Spectrometrym Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, June 9-13, 2013.

Whitfield NN, Blodgett B, Stickell, L, Petty W, Wolk DM. Verification of Vitek MS for identification of bacteria and Candida spp. by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Abstract American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 18-21, 2013.

Basnet S, Wolk DM, Ghulam Khaleeq, . Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Prevention is better Than Cure! . Abstract Geisinger Resident and Fellow Scholarship Days 2013, Danville, PA, May 2-3, 2013.

Wolk DM. Establishing Your Own Specimen BioBank for Molecular Diagnostics. Workshop Presenter Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV), Daytona Beach, FL, April 26, 2013.

Golenko C, McCotter O, Erhar LM, Wolk DM, Vanskike F, Patel L. Enhancing respiratory infection surveillance on the US/Mexico border- Arizona BIDS program sentinel. Abstract International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED), Vienna, Austria, February 15-18, 2013.

Textbook Chapters

Schifman, RB, Cembrowski, GS, Wolk, DM, Brisbois, J. Quality Management, Requirements for Effective Laboratory Management. In Clinical Laboratory Management, 2nd . ASM, eds. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2013.

Wolk DM. Clinical Trials and Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine. In Clinical Laboratory Management. ASM, eds. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2013.

Whitfield NN, Martinez RM, Wolk DM. Clinical microbiology: looking ahead. In Manual of Commercial Methods in Clinical Microbiology. 2nd ed. Truant AL, eds. Washington DC: ASM Press; 2014.

Diagnostic Microbiology of the Immunocompromised Host, 2nd ed. Hayden RH, Tang Y, Carroll K, Wolk DM, eds. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2015.

Marlowe EM, Wolk DM. Molecular Method Verification and Biostatistics for Laboratory Diagnostics. In Molecular Microbiology: Diagnostic Principles and Practice 3rd ed. Persing D, eds. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2016.

Whitfield NN and Wolk DM. Quantitative PCR. In Clinical Virology Manual. ASM, eds. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2016.

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