Max Salfinger, MD, FAAM, FIDSA

Max Salfinger
Executive Director, Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories
Lab Director, Mycobacteriology & Pharmacokinetics
Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories
Department of Medicine
Division of Pathology
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  • image descriptionPrograms & Services
    Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)

    Special Interests

    Dr. Salfinger oversees the clinical laboratory aspect as well as research and development for tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and pharmacokinetics. He has a keen interest in providing more rapid diagnosis for drug-resistant tuberculosis and NTM disease,  and aiding the healthcare providers in selecting the most efficacious drug regimen. 


    University of Basel, MD
    University of Basel School of Medicine,
    Swiss Medical State Board,

    Awards & Recognition

    2012: Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
    2005: Gardner Middlebrook Award, Becton Dickinson
    2003: Honorary Professor, Kazakh National Medical University, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    2002: Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
    1996: Commissioner’s Recognition Award, New York State Department of Health
    1996: Keynote address at the Student Poster Awards Day, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Albany, NY
    1984: Prize of the Swiss Society for Internal Medicine
    1970: European Philips Contest for Young Scientists and Inventors
    1970 : Swiss Youth Research Prize

    Board Certification

    Laboratory Director Certificate of Qualification, Mycobacteriology [New York State]
    Physician [Switzerland]
    Laboratory Director FAMH, Medical Microbiology [Switzerland]

    Professional Memberships

    Swiss Medical Association (FMH)
    American Society for Microbiology
    International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
    Swiss Society for Pneumology
    American Thoracic Society
    National Tuberculosis Controllers Association
    Infectious Disease Society of America
    Association of Public Health Laboratories
    Florida Public Health Association
    Florida Medical Association


    Somoskovi A; Parsons L; Gutierrez C; Lee E; Salfinger M: Line probe and automated real-time PCR TB assays warrant adherence to strict quality assurance measures [Letter to the Editor] Int. J. Tuberc. Lung Dis. 16:705-706 (2012)

    Somoskovi A, Dormandy J, Mitsani D, Rivenburg J, Salfinger M: Use of smear-positive samples to assess the PCR-based genotype MTBDR assay for rapid, direct detection of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex as well as its resistance to isoniazid and rifampin J. Clin. Microbiol. 44:4459-4463(2006)

    Parsons LM, Brosch R, Cole ST, Somoskovi A, Loder A, Bretzel G, van Soolingen D, Hale YM, Salfinger M: Rapid and simple approach for identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex isolates by PCR-based genomic deletion analysis
    J. Clin. Microbiol. 40:2339-2345(2002)

    Debrunner M, Salfinger M, Brändli O, von Graevenitz A: Epidemiology and clinical significance of nontuberculous mycobacteria in HIV-negative patients in Switzerland Clin. Infect. Dis. 15:330-345(1992)

    Salfinger M, Heifets L: Determination of pyrazinamide MICs for Mycobacterium tuberculosis at different pHs by the radio-metric method Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 32:1002-1004(1988)

    Teaching & Professional Positions

    2007–present: Affiliate Professor, Department of Global Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
    2006–2012: Chief, Bureau of Laboratories, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
    2008–2011: Adjunct Prof., Div. of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    2006–2009: Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Albany, NY
    2000–2006: Professor of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Albany, NY
    2003–2007: Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
    1996–2002: Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
    1992–2006: Director, Clinical Mycobacteriology Laboratory (Division of Infectious Disease) & Section Head, Mycobacteriology (Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program) New York State Department of Health, WADSWORTH CENTER, Albany, NY
    1984–1992 : Teaching Fellow, University of Zürich, Zürich, Department of Medical Microbiology
    1981–1992: Head, Tuberculosis Laboratory, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
    1978–1981: Fellow, Microbiology Laboratory, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland

    Contact Information

    • Office: 303.398.1384
    • Fax: 303.398.1953
    • Alternate: 303.398.1339
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