Board of Directors

Robert Martin : President

Robert Martin


Robert Martin, MPH, DrPH has received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Public Health Laboratories.  This award recognizes individuals with a distinguished history of service to APHL. It is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of public health laboratory science or practice, exhibited leadership in the field of public health, or positively influenced public health policy on a national or global level.

Dr. Martin has worked in public health since 1973 when he joined the Michigan Department of Public Health as a microbiologist and was the director of the Michigan Public Health Laboratories from 1991 until 1999.  From 1999 until 2006, he was the director of the Division of Laboratory Systems at CDC which had both a domestic and international focus.

In 2006 – 2007, Bob fulfilled a role first as Acting Director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics and then as the Associate Director for Public Health and Medical Care Integration in the Coordinating Center for Health Information and Services. Most recently, he served as the Laboratory Science Officer in the Coordinating Office for Global Health. During his time at CDC, Dr. Martin provided leadership in the development of regulation impacting the practice of laboratory medicine in the U.S. (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) working with many professional organizations, and provided leadership in a nationwide effort leading to the concept of a national system of laboratories encompassing both public and private laboratories.  He also developed an international focus within the Division of Laboratory Systems at CDC to address strengthening laboratory capacity in international settings.  In that capacity, Dr. Martin worked with the CDC Global AIDS Program, with the Department of Defense (Defense Threat Reduction Program), with World Bank, and with the World Health Organization in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central Asia to address strengthening of laboratory systems.

Dr. Martin went to the International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington from the CDC.  At I-TECH, he provided leadership in laboratory systems strengthening within the larger context of health systems development and has been providing technical assistance to countries where I-TECH has activities addressing laboratory development (e.g., Haiti, Ethiopia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and the Caribbean). Dr. Martin is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Washington.

Jim McLaughlin : Treasurer and Senior Advisor

Jim McLaughlin

Treasurer and Senior Advisor

Jim is the co-founder and president of DMDP, and a former liaison for the CDC/Global AIDS Program Cambodia to the National Institute of Public Health microbiology laboratory and the National Tuberculosis Program.

You can read an article about the work of DMDP in Cambodia and a profile of Jim McLaughlin published in the Sept. 2012 issue of Microbe, the monthly news magazine of the American Society for Microbiology. Jim McLaughlin, Ph.D., is the co-founder and president of DMDP. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at the US Centers for Disease Control, he became the director of the microbiology lab at the Cholera Research Lab in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. McLaughlin then served as the deputy director of the microbiology laboratory at Hartford Hospital.  In 1990, he became the director of the University of New Mexico Hospital microbiology laboratory.  He is an Emeritus Professor at UNM.

From 2004-2009, he worked with the Centers for Disease Control/Global AIDS Program Cambodia as the liaison with the National Institute of Public Health microbiology laboratory and the Cambodian National Tuberculosis Program.

He is a former member of the American Society for Microbiology Global Laboratory Capacity Strengthening Committee.

Ellen Jo Baron : Secretary and Senior Advisor

Ellen Jo Baron

Secretary and Senior Advisor

You can hear Dr. Ellen Jo Baron talking about the challenges and rewards of working in the developing world on this Microbe World webcast.

Dr. Baron is the 2012 American Society for Microbiology Founders Distinguished Service Award Laureate.

Ellen Jo Baron, PhD is Professor Emerita, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine. She was formerly Director of the Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Virology Laboratories at Stanford University Medical Center.  Until 2009 she served as Associate Chair of Pathology for Faculty Development and Diversity. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine at UCLA and the Wadsworth VAMC.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  She is currently a Microbiology representative on the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee and a member of the Council of Clinical Advisors for the NIH Clinical Laboratories.  She serves as a representative on the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute’s Microbiology Area Resource Committee.  She also is past-Chair of Division C (Clinical Microbiology), the largest scientific division of the American Society for Microbiology.

Dr. Baron is very active in the field of diagnostic microbiology as a symposium presenter and author.  For the World Health Organization, she co-developed the program for antimicrobial resistance detection and basic microbiology, which she presented in a number of resource-poor countries from 1995-1998 and again in 2005.  In 2007 she developed a new basic microbiology training program for developing world, and it has been presented in Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, China, Panama, as well as in the U.S.  The program will eventually be used throughout the entire developing world.

Dr. Baron has been on the editorial boards of key clinical microbiology journals, and was a volume editor (bacteriology) for the ASM’s Manual of Clinical Microbiology for the last 4 editions.  She has written or edited >30 books and chapters and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases.  She was the recipient of the ASM’s BioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology in 2000 and the Alice Evans Award for serving as a role model for women in the field in 1997.  She won the 2003 Kenneth L.Vosti Teaching Award from the Infectious Diseases Division at Stanford.  She is currently the Director of Medical Affairs for Cepheid, a high-technology molecular diagnostics company in Sunnyvale, California, where she writes the On-Demand Newsletter, works on clinical trials, new test development, and publications involving Cepheid products.  At Cepheid, Dr. Baron serves as an internal and external educator about the technology and its impact on patient care.