Ana Maria Cardenas Caicedo, PhD, D(ABMM)

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Interim Director, Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Contact InformationDepartment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19104



BS (Microbiology), Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 2005
Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2012

Specialty Certification

American Boards of Medical Microbiology, 2014

Postgraduate Training

CPEP Fellowship, Clinical and Public Health Microbiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2012-2014

Awards and Honors

Kelly K. Woodward Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scientific Scholarship, Research and Leadership, Baylor College of Medicine, 2011
ID Fellows Grand Program, 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), 2013
Mario Escobar Award, 29th Annual Clinical Virology Symposium from the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, 2013

Memberships and Professional Organizations

American Society of Microbiology, 2007 - Present
International Society for Infectious Diseases, 2009 - Present
Pan-American Society for Clinical Virology, 2012 - Present

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Selected Publications

Comparative evaluation of the FilmArray meningitis/encephalitis molecular panel in a pediatric population

Erin Graf, Maria Victoria Farquharson, and Ana Maria Cardenas, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 2016

Quantification of CSF chemokines and cytokines allows for rapid laboratory detection of CNS infections and further discrimination between viral and non-viral pathogens

D Fortuna, AM Cardenas, EH Graf, A Roberts, L. Harshyne, DC Hooper and MT Curtis, 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, Philadelphia, PA, 2016

Treatment of chronic enterovirus encephalitis with fluoxetine in a patient with X-linked agammaglobulinemia

Jacqueline Gofshteyn, Ana María Cárdenas, and David Bearden, Pediatric Neurology, 2016

An Unusual Case of Disseminated Adenovirus Infection in a Cystic Fibrosis, Liver Transplant Patient

Mitchell, SL, Kajon AE, Summer KJ, Kim J, Cárdenas AM, Journal of Clinical Virology, 2016

Multicenter Evaluation of the Simplexa HSV 1 & 2 Direct Assay for detection of HSV 1 & 2 from unprocessed cutaneous and mucosal lesions

RL Hodinka, AM Cardenas, J Waldman, S Young and E Fatula, 32nd Clinical Virology Symposium, Daytona Beach, FL, 2016

Implementation and Assessment of a Rapid Flu A/B & RSV Direct Molecular Assay in a Pediatric Hospital

Stephanie L. Mitchell, Katelyn Green, Ana María Cárdenas, 32nd Clinical Virology Symposium, Daytona Beach, FL, 2016

Evaluation of an FDA cleared Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel In a Pediatric Hospital

Maria Victoria Farquharson, Erin Graf, Michael Elkan, Ana María Cárdenas, 32nd Clinical Virology Symposium, Daytona Beach, FL, 2016

Human Parechovirus and Enterovirus Initiate Divergent Innate Immune Responses in the CNS: Pathogenic and Diagnostic Implications

Danielle Fortuna, Ana Maria Cardenas, Erin H Graf, Larry Harshyne, Kevin Quann, D.Craig Hooper, and Mark Curtis, United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s 105th Annual Meeting (USCAP), Seattle, WA, 2016

Human parechovirus and enterovirus initiate distinct CNS innate immune responses: pathogenic and diagnostic implications

Danielle Fortuna, Ana María Cárdenas, Erin H. Graf, Larry A. Harshyne, D. Craig Hooper, John Shields, and Mark T. Curtis, Journal of Clinical virology, 2016

Nucleic Acid Amplification by Polymerase Chain Reaction

Ana Maria Cardenas and Kevin Alby, Clinical Virology Manual 5th Edition, 2016