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

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Elizabeth L. Palavecino, M.D.


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Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology

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Department: 336-716-4311


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


  • 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

Staphylococcal Infections; Staphylococcus aureus; Bacteriological Techniques; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
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Academic: 336-716-2638 | Department: 336-716-4311


Recent Publications

Pulmonary cryptococcosis diagnosed on a lung fine-needle aspiration. Lu J, Palavecino EL, Salih ZT.. Diagn Cytopathol. 2018;46(2):160-161.

The role of an antimicrobial stewardship team in the use of rapid diagnostic testing in acute care: an official position statement of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. Hill B, Narayanan N, Palavecino E, Perez KK, Premraj S, Streifel A, Wrenn RH, Zeitler K.. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018;39(4):473-475.

Double invasive fungal infection due to dematiaceous moulds in a renal transplant patient. El Helou G, Palavecino E, Nunez M.. BMJ Case Rep. 2018;2018():.

Multicenter performance assessment of the Carba NP test. Cunningham SA, Limbago B, Traczewski M, Anderson K, Hackel M, Hindler J, Sahm D, Alyanak E, Lawsin A, Gulvik CA, de Man TJ, Mandrekar JN, Schuetz AN, Jenkins S, Humphries R, Palavecino E, Vasoo S, Patel R.. J Clin Microbiol. 2017;55(6):1954-1960.

Candida pararugosa: first reported bloodstream infection in an adult. El Helou G, Palavecino E.. Cureus. 2017;9(5):e1283.

Case report: strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Guerrero-Wooley R, Aranda-Aguirre E, Li W, Wilkin A, Palavecino E.. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017;97(5):1629-1631.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detecting bacterial contamination in platelet products. Palavecino EL, Yomtovian RA, Jacobs MR.. 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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