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Amy L Leber, PhD

Amy L Leber, PhD

Clinical Pathology
Director, Clinical Microbiology/ Immunoserology Laboratory

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Pathology Team

Pathology Fellowship

Contact Information

Laboratory Medicine/ Anatomic Pathology
700 Children's Dr.
Columbus, Ohio 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-5310
FX: (614) 722-5308


As the Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunoserology, Dr. Amy Leber assists the Director in technical oversight in all areas of clinical microbiology and immunochemistry; including bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, virology, serology, and molecular infectious disease testing. She also provides oversight of autoimmune, allergy testing, and select immunology assays. She provides consultation for physicians/clients in all areas of Infectious Disease laboratory testing. She has multiple teaching responsibilities for various medical personnel; including direction of Infectious Disease Fellowship rotation in the laboratory. She is responsible for the management of quality and technical processes of the laboratories, and to direct research and development for new methodologies.

Dr. Amy Leber is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Specialist in Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics.

In addition to her many published manuscripts, she sits on multiple Editorial Boards with various roles, including Editor in Chief of Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook.

Dr. Leber’s clinical research interests include development of molecular infectious disease testing and sexual transmitted disease detection in adolescents and children.


  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Areas of Interest:

  • Development of molecular infectious disease testing and sexual transmitted disease detection in adolescents and children.

Education and Training

Graduate School

  • The Ohio State University
    Date Completed: 01/01/1994


  • University of California
    Date Completed: 01/01/1997


  • Clinical Pathology

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 01/01/2007

Professional Experience


  • Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology and Immunoserology, Nationwide Children's Hospital


  • Scientific Director, Quest Diagnostics/Nichols Institute


  • Director, CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics


  • Technical Director, Clinical Laboratories, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, UCLA Medical Center


  • Buss SN, [begin-bold]Leber A[end-bold], Chapin K, Fey PD, Bankowski MJ, Jones MK, Rogatcheva M, Kanack KJ, Bourzac KM. 2015. Multicenter Evaluation of the BioFire FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel for Etiologic Diagnosis of Infectious Gastroenteritis.  Journal of clinical microbiology. Vol. 53, no. 3. (March): 915-925.
  • Selvaraju SB, Bambach AV, Leber AL, Patru MM, Patel A, Menegus MA. 2014. Comparison of the Simplexa (TM) Flu A/B & RSV kit (nucleic acid extraction-dependent assay) and the Prodessa ProFlu plus (TM) assay for detecting influenza and respiratory syncytial viruses.  DIAGNOSTIC MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE. Vol. 80, no. 1. (September): 50-52.
  • Spicer KB, Salamon D, Cummins C, [begin-bold]Leber A[end-bold], Rodgers LE, Marcon MJ. 2014. Occurrence of 3 Bordetella Species During an Outbreak of Cough Illness in Ohio Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Laboratory Findings and Antimicrobial Susceptibility.  PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL. Vol. 33, no. 7. (July): E162-E167.
  • [begin-bold]Leber AL[end-bold]. 2014. Pertussis: Relevant Species and Diagnostic Update.  CLINICS IN LABORATORY MEDICINE. Vol. 34, no. 2. (June): 237-55.
  • Selvaraju SB, Tierney D, Leber AL, Patel A, Earley AK, Jaiswal D, Menegus MA. 2014. Influenza and respiratory syncytial virus detection in clinical specimens without nucleic acid extraction using FOCUS direct disc assay is substantially equivalent to the traditional methods and the FOCUS nucleic acid extraction-dependent RT-PCR assay.  DIAGNOSTIC MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE. Vol. 78, no. 3. (March): 232-236.
  • Spilker,Theodore; Leber,Amy,L; Marcon,Mario,J; Newton,Duane,W; Darrah,Rebecca; Vandamme,Peter; LiPuma,John,J. 2014. A Simplified Sequence-Based Identification Scheme for Bordetella Reveals Several Putative Novel Species.  JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY. Vol. 52, no. 2. (February): 674-677.
  • Leder,M,Ranee; Leber,Amy,L; Marcon,Mario,J; Scribano,Philip,V. 2013. Use of APTIMA Combo 2: The Experience of a Child Advocacy Center.  JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. Vol. 22, no. 3. (April): 297-311.
  • Rodgers,Loren; Martin,Stacey,W; Cohn,Amanda; Budd,Jeremy; Marcon,Mario; Terranella,Andrew; Mandal,Sema; Salamon,Douglas; Leber,Amy; Tondella,Maria-Lucia; Tatti,Kathleen; Spicer,Kevin; Emanuel,Allen; Koch,Elizabeth; McGlone,Londell; Pawloski,Lucia; LeMaile-Williams,Mysheika; Tucker,Naomi; Iyer,Radhika; Clark,Thomas,A; DiOrio,Mary. 2013. Epidemiologic and Laboratory Features of a Large Outbreak of Pertussis-Like Illnesses Associated With Cocirculating Bordetella holmesii and Bordetella pertussis-Ohio, 2010-2011.  CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Vol. 56, no. 3. (February): 322-331.
  • Jaggi,Preeti; Kajon,Adriana,E; Mejias,Asuncion; Ramilo,Octavio; Leber,Amy. 2013. Human Adenovirus Infection in Kawasaki Disease: A Confounding Bystander?.  CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Vol. 56, no. 1. (January): 58-64.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 2011. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of clinical microbiology. 10th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Koranyi,Katalin; Yontz,Dustin; Rohrer,Zachary; Leber,Amy; Ramilo,Octavio. 2010. PERICARDIAL EFFUSION COMPLICATING NOVEL INFLUENZA A (H1N1) INFECTION IN AN INFANT.  PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL. Vol. 29, no. 8. (August): 782-783.
  • Almarzooqi,Saeeda; Leber,Amy; Kahwash,Samir. 2010. Artifacts and Organism Mimickers in Pathology Case Examples and Review of Literature.  ADVANCES IN ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY. Vol. 17, no. 4. (July): 277-281.
  • Scansen,Kimberly,A; Bonsu,Bema,K; Stoner,Erin; Mack,Kathy; Salamon,Douglas; Leber,Amy; Marcon,Mario,J. 2010. Comparison of Polyurethane Foam to Nylon Flocked Swabs for Collection of Secretions from the Anterior Nares in Performance of a Rapid Influenza Virus Antigen Test in a Pediatric Emergency Department.  JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY. Vol. 48, no. 3. (March): 852-856.
  • Do,Duc,H; Laus,Stella; Leber,Amy; Marcon,Mario,J; Jordan,Jeanne,A; Martin,Judith,M; Wadowsky,Robert,M. 2010. A One-Step, Real-Time PCR Assay for Rapid Detection of Rhinovirus.  JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS. Vol. 12, no. 1. (January): 102-108.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 2007. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of clinical microbiology. 9th ed. Washington, D.C: ASM Press.

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Member, American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Member, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
  • Member, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • Director at Large, South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology, 2010-2012
  • Member, Southern California American Society for Microbiology
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology
  • Member, Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologist
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