The preeminent Clinical Virology services at Hackensack University Medical Center were first conceived 35 years ago due to the pioneering medical, clinical and scientific vision of Dr. Peter A. Gross, lauded as a “Trailblazer” in the field of Clinical Virology Sciences. The Department Clinical Virology continues to provide clinically relevant, “state of art” and “cutting edge” laboratory services. Quality services are operated under the direction of Dr. Gary B. Munk and the nine dedicated medical technologists, with collectively, more than 200 years of laboratory technical and consultative expertise. Clinically appropriate and cost effective bio-analysis incorporates medically necessary and intuitive viral testing algorithms, such as direct antigen and antibody detection, conventional and centrifugation enhanced culture, isolation and identification techniques, as well as, molecular nucleic acid amplification detection systems.
The Department of Clinical Virology at HackensackUMC participates as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Laboratory, U.S. Influenza Surveillance System and partners with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Division of Viral Diseases, National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) and Influenza Virologic Surveillance for New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program.
The Clinical Virology Laboratory Service is fully accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) for the specialties and subspecialties; Bacteriology, Virology and General Immunology; The College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation; New York State Department of Health, Clinical Laboratory Permit for the categories; Bacteriology (Restricted), Diagnostic Immunology, Diagnostic Services Serology; Human Immunodeficiency Virus Screening Tests and Viral Identification and Virology Comprehensive; and operates under the Clinical Laboratory License, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories.