Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology

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Department: 336-716-2650


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Education & Training

  • M.D., Univ of Chile School of Medicine Santiago-Chile, 1980
  • M.S., University of Minnesota Medical School, 1990
  • Fellowship, Clinical Microbiology, University of MN Minneapolis, 1992
  • Fellowship, Clinical Microbiology, Case Western Reserve, 1996
  • Residency, Pathology - Clinical, U Hosps Of Cleveland, 2002

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • American Board of Pathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine


  • Am Assn Of Blood Banks
  • Am Soc of Microbiology

NPI Number

  • 1790769180
Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.

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Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.

Professor, Pathology

Research Interests

biotechnology, environmental sciences, infectious diseases

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-2638 | Department: 336-716-2650


Recent Publications

Peters TR, Snively BM, Suerken CK, Bischoff W, Vannoy L, Blakeney E, Bischoff T, Palavecino E, Sherertz R, Poehling KA. Estimating the burden of pandemic infectious disease: the case of the second wave of pandemic influenza H1N1 in Forsyth County, North Carolina. N C Med J. 2016;77(1):15-22.

Fadeyi EA, Simmons JH, Jones MR, Palavecino EL, Pomper GJ. Fatal autoimmune hemolytic anemia due to immunoglobulin g autoantibody exacerbated by Epstein-Barr virus. Lab Med. 2015;46(1):55-59.

Persad P, Palavecino E. BK virus PCR testing in kidney transplant patients [abstract]. Lab Invest. 2015;95(Suppl 1):461A.

Bolen RD, Palavecino E, Gomadam A, Balakrishnan N, Datar S. Sphingomonas paucimobilis meningitis and ventriculitis in an immunocompromised host [letter]. J Neurol Sci. 2015;359(1-2):18-20.

Palavecino EL. Rapid methods for detection of MRSA in clinical specimens. Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1085():71-83.

McCrory MC, Moore BA, Nakagawa TA, Givner LB, Jason DR, Palavecino EL, Ajizian SJ. Disseminated mucormycosis in an adolescent with newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014;33(10):1094-1096.

Bell J, Bonner A, Cohen DM, Birkhahn R, Yogev R, Triner W, Cohen J, Palavecino E, Selvarangan R. Multicenter clinical evaluation of the novel Alere i Influenza A&B isothermal nucleic acid amplification test. J Clin Virol. 2014;61(1):81-86.

Shetty V, Trumbull K, Hegde A, Shenoy V, Prabhu R, K S, Palavecino E, Shetty AK. Prevalence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization among children. J Clin Diagn Res. 2014;8(12):DC12-DC15.

Pirkle JL, Palavecino EL, Freedman BI. Lactobacillus species can cause a false-positive test for hematuria on dipstick urinalysis [letter]. Am J Med. 2013;126(1):e3-e4.

Palavecino EL, Burnell JM. False daptomycin-nonsusceptible MIC results by Microscan panel PC 29 relative to Etest results for Staphylococcus aureus and enterococci. J Clin Microbiol. 2013;51(1):281-283.

Woo JS, Palavecino EL. Four-year experience with simultaneous culture and Shiga toxin testing for detection of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in stool samples. J Clin Microbiol. 2013;51(3):985-987.

Palmer HR, Palavecino EL, Johnson JW, Ohl CA, Williamson JC. Clinical and microbiological implications of time-to-positivity of blood cultures in patients with Gram-negative bacilli bacteremia. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013;32(7):955-959.

Register KB, Sukumar N, Palavecino EL, Rubin BK, Deora R. Bordetella bronchiseptica in a paediatric cystic fibrosis patient: possible transmission from a household cat. Zoonoses Public Health. 2012;59(4):246-250.

Pierce DA, Williamson JC, Mauck VS, Russell GB, Palavecino E, Burkart JM. The effect on peritoneal dialysis pathogens of changing topical antibiotic prophylaxis. Perit Dial Int. 2012;32(5):525-530.

Sutton BJ, Parks GE, Manavi CK, Palavecino EL, Geisinger KR. Cushing's syndrome and nocardiosis associated with a pulmonary carcinoid tumor: report of a case and review of the literature. Diagn Cytopathol. 2011;39(5):359-362.

Peters TR, Hammon DE, Jarrah RJ, Palavecino EL, Blakeney ES, Poehling KA. Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome complicating influenza A infection in a young child. ISRN Pulm. 2011;2011():art.645718.

Sutton BJ, Parsons AC, Palavecino EL. Filamentous bacteria masquerading as fungi: a diagnostic pitfall in direct smear interpretation with report of two cases. J Clin Pathol. 2011;64(10):927-929.

Sherertz RJ, Karchmer TB, Palavecino E, Bischoff W. Blood drawn through valved catheter hub connectors carries a significant risk of contamination. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011;30(12):1571-1577.

Palavecino EL, Yomtovian RA, Jacobs MR. Bacterial contamination of platelets. Transfus Apher Sci. 2010;42(1):71-82.

Peterson JF, Riebe KM, Hall GS, Wilson D, Whittier S, Palavecino E, Ledeboer NA. Spectra MRSA, a new chromogenic agar medium to screen for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Clin Microbiol. 2010;48(1):215-219.

Palavecino E. Make the move to molecular diagnostics. MLO Med Lab Obs. 2010;42(5):10,12,14.

Stevens EA, Palavecino E, Sherertz RJ, Shihabi Z, Couture DE. Effects of antibiotic-impregnated external ventricular drains on bacterial culture results: an in vitro analysis. J Neurosurg. 2010;113(1):86-92.

Coldren FM, Palavecino EL, Levi-Polyachenko NH, Wagner WD, Smith TL, Smith BP, Webb LX, Carroll DL. Encapsulated Staphylococcus aureus strains vary in adhesiveness assessed by atomic force microscopy. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2009;89(2):402-410.

Grier DD, Lewis Z, Palavecino EL. Bone marrow involvement by Pneumocystis jiroveci. Br J Haematol. 2009;145(2):149.

Chittick P, Palavecino EL, Delashmitt B, Evans J, Peacock JE Jr. Case of fatal Blastoschizomyces capitatus infection occurring in a patient receiving empiric micafungin therapy. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2009;53(12):5306-5307.

Ruth A, Sabio H, McLean TW, Manavi C, Palavecino EL, Shetty AK. Skin nodules in a 16-year-old adolescent with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2009;20(1):e8-e9.

Lin S-S, Pranikoff T, Smith SF, Brandt ME, Gilbert K, Palavecino EL, Shetty AK. Central venous catheter infection associated with Pseudozyma aphidis in a child with short gut syndrome. J Med Microbiol. 2008;57(Pt 4):516-518.

Palavecino E. Clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory aspects of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Methods Mol Biol. 2007;391():1-19.

Luther VP, Smith ZE, Varela V, Williamson JC, Karchmer TB, Palavecino E, Ohl CA. Risk factors for invasive infection due to cephalosporin resistant enterobacter [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America; 2007 Apr 14-17; Baltimore (MD). 2007;():a252.5.

Palavecino EL, Yomtovian RA, Jacobs MR. Detecting bacterial contamination in platelet products. Clin Lab. 2006;52(9-10):443-456.

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Professor, Pathology

Clinical Interests

Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology
Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.

Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.

Professor, Pathology

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