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Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Laboratory Joins Centers for Disease Control Board

Susan Sharp, PhD, will help monitor strategic direction and focus of the government’s Office of Infectious Diseases

January 8, 2014

Susan Sharp, PhD, director for Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region laboratories Susan Sharp, PhD, director for Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region laboratories

Susan Sharp, PhD, director for Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region laboratories, recently accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sharp is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a leader in clinical microbiology. As director of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s laboratories, she oversees the daily operations of the microbiology laboratory. She consults on a regular basis with clinicians regarding test ordering and interpretation of laboratory data and does laboratory rounds with technologists on difficult cases. Sharp also serves on the infection control committee for Kaiser Permanente Northwest medical centers — Sunnyside and Hillsboro — as well as the antibiotic utilization subcommittee and the laboratory compliance committee.

Among the responsibilities of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to advise government officials concerning strategies, goals and priorities for programs and research within the national centers, as well as to monitor the overall strategic direction and focus of the Office of Infectious Diseases and the CDC’s three infectious disease national centers.

Sharp was invited to join the board by U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

“This is a great honor, and a great challenge,” Sharp said. “The work of the CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases is vital, and I look forward to being part of this board.”

Sharp also serves as an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University, and has presented numerous lectures, seminars and workshops locally, nationally and internationally.

Sharp joins another Kaiser Permanente expert, Tracy Ann Lieu, MD, MPH, on the 17-member Board of Scientific Counselors. Dr. Lieu is director of the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, based in Oakland.