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Medical Director Microbiology


1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week. Day shift, on call as needed

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the leadership, supervision, direction, and integration of Laboratory testing in the area of Clinical Microbiology.  Guide laboratory staff, physicians, nurses and other clinicians who are involved in interpretation or selection of laboratory tests and results.  Participate in education and teaching programs and assist in the review of the quality, adequacy and appropriateness of services within the department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Collaborate with the Laboratory Medical Director and Department Chair of Pathology, LGH administrative team and the medical Division members to develop and implement aligned with the LG Health Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
  • Facilitate the Diagnostic Committee agenda, activities and meetings.  Researches, collaborates, and develops an ongoing project list for Diagnostics Committee review and approval.
  • Assists the Laboratory Medical Director, executive leadership, and administrative team in operational leadership, including determination of resource needs and development of budgets.
  • Ensure that the department operates within regulatory compliance and assists in maintenance of certifications and licensing standards, including, but not limited to CAP, CAP ISO15189, AABB, FDA, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Joint Commission, the Department of Health and the policies and procedures of LGH and the LGH Laboratory.
  • Identify, direct, prioritize and oversee, in cooperation with the Department Chair, the clinical quality metrics, patient satisfaction, patient safety and risk management, transition of care for patients between care settings, disease management, clinical pathways and protocols, and resource utilization and efficiencies.
  • Oversee the appropriate selection and implementation of clinical tests, laboratory instrumentation, and ongoing validation, correlation and quality control.
  • Work with the Department Chair, Division members and other members of the healthcare team to continuously improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the clinical care provided within LGH.
  • Oversee Laboratory testing and results within a clinical lab setting and as it is used for all patient types within LG Health.
  • Support the scholarly activities of both the department and LG Health including continuing education, and innovation and research activities.
  • Provide microbiology representation to various clinical and administrative LGH committees, including but not limited to, the Infection Control and Prevention Committee, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and the clinical Division of Infectious Diseases. Service on various Penn system committees (e.g. Clinical Testing Oversight Committee). Maintain a collaborative, professional working relationship with internal and external customers.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Chemical Safety Officer/general lab safety officer
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • M.D./D.O with clinical Pathology residency and fellowship training and certification in Clinical Microbiology (Board certified/Board eligible through the American Board of Medical Microbiology).
  • M.D./D.O. with internal medicine residency and also infectious disease fellowship training (Board certified/eligible in both internal medicine and infectious disease) with additional fellowship in microbiology (BC/BE - ABM) and laboratory clinical experience.
  • A health care provider in good standing with Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state health insurance programs, i.e. not excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal or state health insurance program.


  • MD/DO- AP/CP or CP only boarded by ABP, 2 or 3 year CPEP fellowship and ABMM boarded
  • -MD/DO non pathologist – CPEP fellowship and boarded in their area of expertise/training
  • Minimum of five (5) years of hospital experience.
  • Lean/Six sigma or other performance improvement training.
  • Member ASM  (American Society for Microbiology)
  • Experience with Hospital and/or Laboratory Information Systems


Attention/Concentration: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects of current experience and reject others:           

  • The position requires much autonomy of thought and problem solving.  The individual must be able to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems.  The individual must be able to think abstractly, including the ability to form concepts, use categories, generalize from single instances, apply procedural rules and general principles, and be aware of subtle or intrinsic aspects of a problem.  The development of hypothesis and potential solutions to problems involves careful interpretation, analysis and diagnosis.  The individual must be able to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  The individual must be able to think creatively with a degree of inventiveness, experimentation and intuition.  They must be able to deal with a variety of concrete and abstract variables.

APTITUDES:  The following are essential requirements of the position in relation to job-worker situations.  These items describe how a worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act:

  • Leadership, control and planning: Ability to accept responsibility for leadership, direction, control, planning, negotiating, organizing, directing, supervising, formulating practices, or making final decisions.
  • Performing under stressful conditions: Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical aspects of the job. Is subject to danger or risk, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.
  • Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental factors, physical demands, or work situations.
  • Communication:  Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely; to present ideas, facts and technical information.
  • Interpersonal relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize needs and be sensitive of others.


Equipment/Tools: Computer, Phone, Copier, Printer, Fax, Office Supplies

Software: Microsoft Office Products


Rarely 0-10%; Occasionally 11-35%; Frequently 36-70%; Continuously 71-100%

Body Position/Movement:

Sit: Continuously

Stand: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Bend: Occasionally

Push: Rarely

Pull: Occasionally

Kneel/Squat: Occasionally

Reach: Frequently

Twist: Rarely

Balance: Rarely

Climb: Occasionally

Lifting: Degree of physical exertion is:

Light, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.

Sensory Abilities specifically required:




WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to hazardous conditions/ materials is negligible.

Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely.

Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

LGH Full Time Posted on 02/16/2023