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Colleen S Kraft, MD

Infectious Diseases

Associate Professor
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Other Appointments/Positions

Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Program Director, Medical Microbiology, Emory University

Medical Director, Microbiology Laboratory, Emory University Hospital

Pathology Division(s):
Clinical Pathology

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BA   Taylor University; Biology, Pre-Med, 1994 - 1998
MD   Indiana University School of Medicine, 1998 - 2002
MSc   Clinical Research, 2011 - 2013

Research Interests:

- Special Pathogens I participated in the clinical care of the evacuated patients with Ebola virus disease and Lassa fever. I am interested in biocontainment preparedness for the healthcare worker.
- Fecal transplant Clinical and research applications
- Genome sequencing of Staphylococcus aureus

Clinical Focus:

I am the Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory, and the Program Director of the Medical Microbiology fellowship. I am a clinically trained adult Infectious Diseases physician, and see inpatients at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopedic and Spine Hospital.

Specialty Boards:

  •  Internal Medicine
  •  Infectious Diseases
  •  Medical Microbiology (ABP)

Selected/Most Recent Publications:

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Published and Accepted Research Articles -

  • Kraft CS, Binongo JNG, Burd EM, Eaton ME, McCloskey CB, Fernandes H, Hill CE, Caliendo AM. Successful use of Plasma Preparation Tubes" (PPTs) in the COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS® TaqMan® HIV-1 Test. Journal of Clinical Virology, in press
  • Guarner J, Kraft CS. Need for clinico-pathologic correlation of C. difficile colitis in view of molecular diagnosis. Clin Infect Dis. 2012; 54(1):156.
  • Kraft CS, Armstrong WS, Caliendo, AM. Medical Microbiology: Interpreting CMV Viral Load Testing: Understanding the Laboratory Perspective. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jul;55(1):75-81.
  • Kraft CS, Jacob JT, Sears MH, Burd EM, Caliendo AM, Lyon GM. Severity of human rhinovirus infection in immunocompromised adults is similar to 2009 H1N1 influenza. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Mar;50(3):1061-3.
  • Kraft CS, Basu D, Hawkins PA, Hraber PT, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Allen SA, Manigart O, Hunter E. Timing and source of subtype-C HIV-1 superinfection in the newly infected partner of Zambian couples with disparate viruses. Retrovirology. 2012 Mar 20;9(1):22
  • Leeds IL, Magee MJ, Kurbatova EV, del Rio C, Blumberg HM, Leonard MK, Kraft CS. Site of disease in extrapulmonary tuberculosis is predicted by HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jul;55(1):75-81.
  • Basu D, Kraft CS, Murphy MK, Campbell PJ, Yu T, Hraber PT, Pinter A, Irene C, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Kilembe W, Allen SA, Derdeyn CA, Hunter E. HIV-1 subtype C superinfected individuals mount low autologous neutralizing antibody responses prior to intrasubtype superinfection. Retrovirology, 2012 Sep 20;9:76.
  • Sampson T, Liu S, Schroeder M, Kraft C, Burd E, Weiss D. Rapid killing of Acinetobacter baumannii by polymyxins is mediated by a hydroxyl radical death pathway. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2012 Nov;56(11):5642-9.
  • Molinaro RJ, Winkler AM, Kraft CS, Fantz CR, Stowell SR, Ritchie JC, Koch DD, Heron S, Liebzeit J, Santen S, Guarner J. Teaching laboratory medicine to medical students: implementation and evaluation. (MSCLE). Arch Pathol Lab Med, 2012 Nov;136(11):1423-9.
  • Abdul-Ali D, Ingersoll J, Frempong M, Kraft CS, Caliendo AM. Cytomegalovirus stability in EDTA anti-coagulated whole blood and plasma samples. J Clin Virol. 2011 Nov;52(3):222-4.
  • Boeras DI, Luisi N, Karita E, McKinney S, Sharkey T, Keeling M, Chomba E, Kraft C, Wall K, Bizimana J, Kilembe W, Tichacek A, Caliendo AM, Hunter E, Allen S. Indeterminate and discrepant rapid HIV test results in couples' HIV testing and counselling centres in Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2011 Apr 8;14(1):18.
  • Kalokhe A, Wang J, Lim P, Kraft CS, Lyon GM. A 35 year-old woman with prior renal transplantation admitted with a temporal brain abscess. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Oct;53(8):843-4, 797.
  • McCloskey CB, Kraft CS, Ingersoll J, Hill CE, Burd EM, Caliendo AM. Characterization of novel 2009 H1N1 specimens with a positive hemagglutinin1 (H1) signal in the Luminex xTAG" Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP) assay. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Apr, 49(4): 1657-1658.
  • Vogt AP, Doshi, RK, Higgins JE, Burd EM, Ribner BS, Kraft CS. Acute cholecystitis caused by nontoxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 Inaba. J Clin Micro. 2010 Mar, 48(3): 1002-1004.
  • Liff DA, Kraft C, Pohlel K, Wade J, Franco-Paredes C, Chen EP, Clements S Jr, Sperling L. Nocardia nova aortitis after coronary artery bypass surgery. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2007 May; 20(5):537.e7-8.

Book Chapters -

  • Kraft C and Caliendo AM. Molecular Detection and Characterization of HIV. Molecular Microbiology. Diagnostic Principles and Practice. 2nd Edition. Eds. DH Persing, FC Tenover, R Hayden, F Nolte,Y-W Tang, A Van Belkum. ASM Press.