Bureau of Laboratories
Dongxiang Xia, MD, PhD, D(ABMM), SV(ASCP)
James R. Lute, PhD
Assistant Bureau Director
provide clinical laboratory testing, advice, consultation and quality assurance
standards to all who require or deliver medical diagnostic services; to assure
services are accurate, timely, state-of-the-art, cost effective, and delivered
in a responsive and courteous manner.
Bureau of Laboratories operates the state public health lab and regulates
clinical laboratories serving the citizens of Pennsylvania. The laboratory
supports disease prevention through the provision of investigatory, diagnostic,
and confirmatory testing for both infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Routine testing provides information necessary for patient care and aids in
monitoring ongoing public health concerns in Pennsylvania.
The following staff are members of the Office of the Bureau Director.
LaTonia Lee, JD
Administrative Officer, Administrative Services
The Administrative Services team
performs all of the functions necessary to support the Bureau of Laboratories’ scientific and regulatory activities. It is
responsible for Personnel, budget and fiscal
management, purchasing and accounts payable, inventory management, shipping and
receiving, facilities management, data processing, management of various
licenses and permits, and management of the Bureau of Laboratories’ automotive
Michael Adjei, PhD
The Biosafety Officer provides and facilitates
training, monitors laboratory and staff biosafety and ensures required biocontainment per applied recommendations
and rules within the Bureau of Laboratories. Responsibilities include development and update of plans and procedures,
ensuring appropriate response and documentation of accidents and incidents,
performance of biosafety risk assessments, and proper management of biological
waste generated by the laboratory. The Biosafety officer engages in outreach
activities to provide resources and consultation
concerning biosafety and the performance of risk assessments to sentinel
clinical laboratories in the state.
Tom Bannon, MPA
Quality Assurance Officer
The Quality Assurance Officer works with the Bureau of
Laboratories’ management team to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and
standards pertinent to the delivery of accurate, reliable
and timely laboratory test results. The Officer coordinates quality improvement
efforts throughout the Bureau and aids in the adoption of best practices
identified by professional organizations and experts in the fields of public
health, clinical laboratory science, and quality management.
Bureau of Laboratories is composed of the following three divisions:
The Division of Chemistry and Toxicology works with various state and private agencies to monitor lead levels in homes, administers toxicology proficiency testing and performs alcohol and drug testing on persons involved in fatal traffic accidents. The division also tests clinical specimens and environmental samples to determine possible exposure to chemical agents potentially used in a terrorist event.
Lisa Dettinger, MT(ASCP)
Division of Clinical Microbiology performs bacteriology, virology and
mycobacteriology testing for HIV, influenza, Lyme disease, tuberculosis,
foodborne outbreak investigations, meningitis, West Nile encephalitis,
Legionnaires' disease, rabies, sexually transmitted diseases and other
conditions of public health significance.
Debra Tyler, BS, MT(ASCP), MPH
Division of Laboratory Improvement implements state and federal laboratory
licensure laws, which apply to Pennsylvania's over 9,000 clinical laboratories.
On-site inspections, proficiency assessment and personnel training are utilized
to ensure laboratories generate accurate and reliable results. The division also collects data regarding the testing of sexual assault evidence as required by the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act. Further information on the implementation of that Act is available here.
Frequently Asked Questions
is the Bureau of Laboratories and what are its hours of operation?
bureau is located in Exton, Pennsylvania, approximately 30 miles west of
Philadelphia and two and a half miles south of Exit 312 of the Pennsylvania
Turnpike. Its normal hours of operation are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday
through Friday. There is 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week coverage for critical
tests such as rabies and for response to public health emergencies.
do I know what testing is available at the Bureau of Laboratories?
Is testing available to the general public?
Most of the testing done at the bureau is coordinated through the Department of
Health's state health centers, epidemiologists, individual public health programs
or local health departments and is not available to the general public. You can
call the bureau with questions and will be referred to the appropriate
Department of Health office. See the Division of Chemistry and Toxicology
and the Division of Clinical Microbiology Contact Information
documents for more
The public may submit animals for rabies testing when a human being has been
exposed to an animal that may have rabies. See the Rabies page
do I obtain a copy of the Bureau of Laboratories' CLIA certificate?
image of the bureau's current CLIA certificate, which includes its CLIA number,
is available here.
do I find out if the laboratory that is performing my test is reliable?
bureau can tell you whether a laboratory is licensed and in good standing under
the state and federal regulations. More detailed information about a
laboratory's most recent inspection is available but we ask that you make a
formal, written request to examine the files.
How do I get a copy of my laboratory results?
always best to work with your physician in obtaining and interpreting
laboratory results. However, you may request a copy of your results from the
laboratory that performed the test. The laboratory will usually ask you to
submit your request in writing.
What should I do if I have a problem with a laboratory?
you are concerned about the quality of laboratory testing, or about a safety
issue, call the bureau to file a complaint. All complaints are investigated.
How do I obtain more information about Association of Public Health Laboratories