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Kevin Alby, PhD

Kevin Alby, PhD Pathologist

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor C-E Assistant Professor C-E

Dr. Alby is employed by Penn Medicine.

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Description of Clinical Expertise

I help direct the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at HUP. My areas of focus are on implementation of new technology such as multiplex PCR assays and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • OPR Medicare
  • OPR New Jersey Medicaid
  • OPR Pennsylvania Medicaid

Education and Training

Graduate School: Brown University
Fellowship: University of North Carolina Hospitals


American Society for Clinical Pathology, National American Society of Microbiology, International ASM/CDC/FDA, National Association for Molecular Pathology, National Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, International Eastern PA Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Local Infectious Diseases Society of Amercia, National Pan-American Society for Clinical Virology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Alby is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

My research focuses on the utilization, development, and validation of tests for the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at HUP. My two major focuses are on using new technologies such as MALDI-TOF to identify resistant bacteria sooner and the development and utilization of molecular tests to detect viral illnesses.

Selected Publications:

Gomez EJ, Montgomery S, Alby K, Robinson DP, Roundtree SS, Blecker-shelly D, and Sullivan KV: Poor Yield of Clostridium difficile Testing Algorithms using Glutamate Dehydrogenase Antigen and C. difficile Toxin Enzyme Immunoassays in a Pediatric Population with Declining Prevalence of Clostridium difficile strain BI/NAP1/027 Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease : 2018.

Ziegler M, Landsburg D, Pegues D, Alby K, Gilmar C, Bink K, Gorman T, Moore A, Bonhomme B, Omorogbe J, Tango D, Tolomeo P, and Han JH: Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hematologic Malignancy Patients with Positive Clostridium difficile Toxin Immunoassay versus Polymerase Chain Reaction Test Results Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 91 (3): 229-232,2018.

Mitchell SL and Alby K: Performance of Microbial Identification by MALDI-TOF MS and Susceptibility Testing by VITEK 2 from Positive Blood Cultures after Minimal Incubation on Solid Media European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 36 (11): 2201-2206,2017.

Gomez EJ, Roberts AL, Robinson DP, Alby K, Ledeboer NA, Doern CD, Lander DW, Bearman G, and Sullivan KV: Impact of Organism Identification Method on Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection Designation Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 38 (8): 1007-1009,2017.

Mitchell SL, Mattei LM, and Alby K: Whole Genome Characterization of a Naturally Occurring Vancomycin-dependent Enterococcus faecium from a Patient with Bacteremia Infection, Genetics, and Evolution (52): 96-99,2017.

Ma GK, Pegues DA, Kochman ML, Alby K, Fishman NO, Saunders M, Grous C, Dempsey DT, and Ginsberg GG: Implementation of a Systematic Culturing Program to Monitor Efficacy of Endoscope Reprocessing: Outcomes and Costs Gastrointestinal Endoscopy : 2017.

Mills JP, Wilck MB, Weikert BC, Porrett PM, Timko D, Alby K, Bonomo RA, and Blumberg EA: Successful Treatment of a Disseminated Infection with Extensively Drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia in a Liver Transplant Recipient with a Fosfomycin-based Multidrug Regimen Transplant Infectious Disease 18 (5): 777-781,2016.

Mills JP, Talati NJ, Alby K, and Han JH: The Epidemiology of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumonaie Colonization and Infection among Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Residents Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 37 (1): 55-60,2016.

Glaser L, Andreacchio K, Lyons M, and Alby K: Improved Surveillance for Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae using Chromogenic Media with a Broth Enrichment Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 82 (4): 284-5,2015.

Tran A, Alby K, Kerr A, Jones M, and Gilligan PH: Cost Savings Incurred by Implementation of Routine Microbiological Identification by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53 (8): 2473-9,2015.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street
4th Floor, Gates Building

Philadelphia, Pa 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6652
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)