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Amy L Leber, PhD

Amy L Leber, PhD

Clinical Pathology
Director, Clinical Microbiology/ Immunoserology Laboratory

Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Faculty

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Pathology Team

Pathology Fellowship
Faculty

Contact Information

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

Biography

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.

Gender:

  • 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

Residency

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

Section:

  • Clinical Pathology

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 01/01/2007

Professional Experience

2007–present

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

2001–2006

  • Scientific Director, Quest Diagnostics/Nichols Institute

1998–2001

  • Director, CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics

1997–1998

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

Publications

  • Buss SN, Leber A, 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.
  • Antonara S, Daly J, Greene W, Leber A. 2015. A large scale clinical evaluation of the AmpliVue and Illumigene molecular tests for the identification of Clostridium.  DIAGNOSTIC MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Vol. 82, no. 4. (March): 265-268.
  • Novak S, Leber, A. 2015. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 11th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • 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, Leber A, 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.
  • Leber AL. 2014. Pertussis: relevant species and diagnostic update.  CLINICS IN LABORATORY MEDICINE. Vol. 34, no. 2. (June): 237-255.
  • 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 T, Leber AL, Marcon MJ, Newton DW, Darrah R, Vandamme P, LiPuma JJ. 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.
  • Haamid,Fareeda,W; Holland-Hall,Cynthia; Berry,Jaime; Leber,Amy,L. 2014. EVALUATION OF THE OSOM BVBLUE TEST FOR DIAGNOSIS OF BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS IN AN ADOLESCENT, YOUNG ADULT POPULATION.  JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH. Vol. 54, no. 2. (February): S49-S50.
  • Leder MR, Leber AL, Marcon MJ, Scribano PV. 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 L, Martin SW, Cohn A, Budd J, Marcon M, Terranella A, Mandal S, Salamon D, Leber A, Tondella ML, Tatti K, Spicer K, Emanuel A, Koch E, McGlone L, Pawloski L, LeMaile-Williams M, Tucker N, Iyer R, Clark TA, DiOrio M. 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 P, Kajon AE, Mejias A, Ramilo O, Leber A. 2013. Human adenovirus infection in Kawasaki Disease: A confounding bystander?.  CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Vol. 56, no. 1. (January): 58-64.
  • Leber AL, Salamon D, Prince H. 2011. Pertussis diagnosis in the 21st century: Progress and pitfalls part 2.  CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY NEWSLETTER. Vol. 33, no. 16. (August): 119-26.
  • Leber AL, Salamon D, Prince H. 2011. Pertussis diagnosis in the 21st century: Progress and pitfalls part 2.  CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY NEWSLETTER. Vol. 33, no. 15. (August): 111-15.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 2011. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 10th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Koranyi K, Yontz D, Rohrer Z, Leber A, Ramilo O. 2010. Pericardial effusion complicating novel influenza A (H1N1) infection in an infant.  PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL. Vol. 29, no. 8. (August): 782-783.
  • Almarzooqi S, Leber A, Kahwash S. 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 KA, Bonsu BK, Stoner E, Mack K, Salamon D, Leber A, Marcon MJ. 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.
  • Leber, AL, Exner, M. 2010. Introduction. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. 3rd ed. Edited by Garcia, LS, Isenberg, HD. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Leber, AL. 2010. Amplification-Based Methods: Quantitative Detection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) RNA by Using the Abbot RealTime HIV-1 Assay. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. 3rd ed. Edited by Garcia, LS, Isenberg, HD. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Do DH, Laus S, Leber A, Marcon MJ, Jordan JA, Martin JM, Wadowsky RM. 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. 2010. Amplification-Based Methods: Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Urogenical Specimens Using the Gen-Probe APTIMA Combo 2 Assay. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. 3rd ed. Edited by Garcia, LS, Isenberg, HD. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Leber, AL. 2010. Amplication-Based Methods: Detection of Colonization with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Nasal Swab Specimens Using the Cepheid Xpert MRSA Assay. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. 3rd ed. Edited by Garcia, LS, Isenberg, HD. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 2007. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of clinical microbiology. 9th ed. Washington, D.C: ASM Press.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 2007. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 9th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Leber AL, Hall GS, LeBar WD. 2006. Nucleic acid amplification tests for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.  CUMITECH. Vol. 44, no. January: 1-38.
  • Prince HE, Leber AL. 2003. Comparison of complement fixation and hemagglutination inhibition assays for detecting antibody responses following influenza virus vaccination.  CLINICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY IMMUNOLOGY. Vol. 10, no. 3. (May): 481-482.
  • Prince HE, Leber AL. 2002. Validation of an in-house assay for cytomegalovirus immunoglobulin G (CMV IgG) avidity and relationship of avidity to CMV IgM levels.  CLINICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY IMMUNOLOGY. Vol. 9, no. 4. (July): 824-827.
  • Leber AL, Hindler JF, Kato EO, Bruckner DA, Pegues DA. 2001. Laboratory-based surveillance for vancomycin-resistant enterococci: utility of screening stool specimens submitted for Clostridium difficile toxin assay.  INFECTION CONTROL AND HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGY. Vol. 22, no. 3. (March): 160-164.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 2001. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 8th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Labarca JA, Leber AL, Kern VL, Territo MC, Brankovic LE, Bruckner DA, Pegues DA. 2000. Outbreak of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteremia in allogenic bone marrow transplant patients: role of severe neutropenia and mucositis.  CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Vol. 30, no. 1. (January): 195-197.
  • Leber AL. 1999. Amebae. In The Pathology of Food-Borne Diseases. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine. 3 ed. St. Louis: W B Saunders Company.
  • Leber AL, Novak S. 1998. Intestinal and Urogenital Amebae, Flagellates and Ciliates. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 7th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press.
  • Marshall SA, Jones RN, Wanger A, Washington JA, Doern GV, Leber AL, Haugen TH. 1996. Proposed MIC quality control guidelines for National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards susceptibility tests using seven veterinary antimicrobial agents: ceftiofur, enrofloxacin, florfenicol, penicillin G-novobiocin, pirlimycin, premafloxacin, and spectinomycin.  JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY. Vol. 34, no. 8. (August): 2027-2029.
  • Cunningham, D, Leber, A. Enterobacter, Cronobacter and Pantoea. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Edited by Long, Pickering, Prober.
  • Barson, W, Leber, A. Klebsiella and Raoultella. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Edited by Long, Pickering, Prober.
  • Watson, J, Leber, A, Velineni, S, Timoney, J, Ardura, M. Recurrent Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus Bacteremia in an Infant.  JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY.
  • Erdem, G, Leber, A. Eikenella, Pasteurella and Chromobacterium. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Edited by Long, Pickering, Prober.
  • Brady, M, Leber, A. Non-enteric gram-negative bacilli. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Edited by Long, Pickering, Prober.
  • Erdem, Guilz, Leber, A. Acinetobacter. In Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Edited by Long, Pickering, Prober.

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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