Susan Butler-Wu, PhD, D(ABMM)

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Pathology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
AddressGNH 1200 North State Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    TitleDirector of Medical Microbiology, LAC+USC Medical Center

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    1. Tchesnokova VL, Rechkina E, Larson L, Ferrier K, Weaver JL, Schroeder DW, She R, Butler-Wu S, Aguero-Rosenfeld ME, Zerr D, Fang FC, Ralston J, Riddell K, Scholes D, Weissman S, Parker K, Spellberg B, Johnson JR, Sokurenko EV. Rapid and Extensive Expansion in the U.S. of a New Multidrug-Resistant Escherichia coli Clonal Group, Sequence Type ST1193. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Jun 29. PMID: 29961843.
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    2. Body BA, Beard MA, Slechta ES, Hanson KE, Barker AP, Babady NE, McMillen T, Tang YW, Brown-Elliott BA, Iakhiaeva E, Vasireddy R, Vasireddy S, Smith T, Wallace RJ, Turner S, Curtis L, Butler-Wu S, Rychert J. Evaluation of the Vitek MS v3.0 Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization--Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry System for Identification of Mycobacterium and Nocardia species. J Clin Microbiol. 2018 Apr 11. PMID: 29643203.
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    3. Yen C, Holtom P, Butler-Wu S, Wald-Dickler N, Shulman I, Spellberg B. Reducing Clostridium difficile Colitis Rates Via Cost-Saving Diagnostic Stewardship. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Jun; 39(6):734-736. PMID: 29611494.
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    4. Costales C, Butler-Wu S. A Real Pain: Diagnostic Quandaries and Septic Arthritis. J Clin Microbiol. 2018 Feb; 56(2). PMID: 29187561.
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    5. Sivagnanam S, Podczervinski S, Butler-Wu S, Hawkins V, Stednick Z, Helbert LA, Glover WA, Whimbey E, Duchin J, Cheng GS, Pergam SA. Legionnaires' disease in transplant recipients: A 15-year retrospective study in a tertiary referral center. Transpl Infect Dis. 2017 Oct; 19(5). PMID: 28696077.
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    6. Butler-Wu S, Abbott AN. Is This the Carbapenemase Test We've Been Waiting for? A Multicenter Evaluation of the Modified Carbapenem Inactivation Method. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Aug; 55(8):2309-2312. PMID: 28615469.
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    7. Roach DJ, Burton JN, Lee C, Stackhouse B, Butler-Wu S, Cookson BT, Shendure J, Salipante SJ. Correction: A Year of Infection in the Intensive Care Unit: Prospective Whole Genome Sequencing of Bacterial Clinical Isolates Reveals Cryptic Transmissions and Novel Microbiota. PLoS Genet. 2017 Apr; 13(4):e1006724. PMID: 28410416.
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    8. Rahmati E, Martin V, Wong D, Sattler F, Petterson J, Ward P, Butler-Wu S, She RC. Facklamia Species as an Underrecognized Pathogen. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofw272. PMID: 28480264.
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    9. Bateman AC, Butler-Wu S. The Brief Case: Bacteremia Caused by Helicobacter cinaedi. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 01; 55(1):5-9. PMID: 28031444.
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    10. Bateman AC, Butler-Wu S. Closing the Brief Case: Bacteremia Caused by Helicobacter cinaedi. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 01; 55(1):347-348. PMID: 28031451.
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    11. Hahn WO, Werth BJ, Butler-Wu S, Rakita RM. Multidrug-Resistant Corynebacterium striatum Associated with Increased Use of Parenteral Antimicrobial Drugs. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 11; 22(11). PMID: 27767926.
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    12. Doern CD, Butler-Wu S. Emerging and Future Applications of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory: A Report of the Association for Molecular Pathology. J Mol Diagn. 2016 11; 18(6):789-802. PMID: 27770851.
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    13. Girard V, Mailler S, Welker M, Arsac M, Cellière B, Cotte-Pattat PJ, Chatellier S, Durand G, Béni AM, Schrenzel J, Miller E, Dussoulier R, Dunne WM, Butler-Wu S, Saubolle MA, Sussland D, Bell M, van Belkum A, Deol P. Identification of mycobacterium spp. and nocardia spp. from solid and liquid cultures by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Nov; 86(3):277-283. PMID: 27567285.
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    14. Bryan A, Baird G, Butler-Wu S. In Reply. Clin Chem. 2016 Sep; 62(9):1277. PMID: 27440510.
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    15. Bryan A, Cook L, Atienza EE, Kuypers J, Cent A, Baird GS, Coombs RW, Jerome KR, Wener MH, Butler-Wu S. Bloodborne Viral Pathogen Contamination in the Era of Laboratory Automation. Clin Chem. 2016 Jul; 62(7):973-81. PMID: 27197676.
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    16. Austin MC, Hallstrand TS, Hoogestraat DR, Balmforth G, Stephens K, Butler-Wu S, Yeung CC. Rhodococcus fascians infection after haematopoietic cell transplantation: not just a plant pathogen? JMM Case Rep. 2016 Mar; 3(2):e005025. PMID: 28348752.
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    17. Mather CA, Werth BJ, Sivagnanam S, SenGupta DJ, Butler-Wu S. Rapid Detection of Vancomycin-Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry. J Clin Microbiol. 2016 Apr; 54(4):883-90. PMID: 26763961; PMCID: PMC4809916 [Available on 10/01/16].
    18. Werth BJ, Hahn WO, Butler-Wu S, Rakita RM. Emergence of High-Level Daptomycin Resistance in Corynebacterium striatum in Two Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Device Infections. Microb Drug Resist. 2016 Apr; 22(3):233-7. PMID: 26544621; PMCID: PMC4834517 [Available on 04/01/17].
    19. Boyle NM, Magaret A, Stednick Z, Morrison A, Butler-Wu S, Zerr D, Rogers K, Podczervinski S, Cheng A, Wald A, Pergam SA. Evaluating risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection in adult and pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant recipients. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2015; 4:41. PMID: 26473030; PMCID: PMC4606905.
    20. Chow SK, Jain R, Black D, Pottinger PS, Fang FC, Butler-Wu S. The Devil is in the Details: Impact of Penicillin Susceptibility Reporting on the Treatment of Streptococcal Infective Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jan 15; 62(2):264-5. PMID: 26400995.
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    21. Roach DJ, Burton JN, Lee C, Stackhouse B, Butler-Wu S, Cookson BT, Shendure J, Salipante SJ. A Year of Infection in the Intensive Care Unit: Prospective Whole Genome Sequencing of Bacterial Clinical Isolates Reveals Cryptic Transmissions and Novel Microbiota. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jul; 11(7):e1005413. PMID: 26230489; PMCID: PMC4521703.
    22. Ledeboer NA, Lopansri BK, Dhiman N, Cavagnolo R, Carroll KC, Granato P, Thomson R, Butler-Wu S, Berger H, Samuel L, Pancholi P, Swyers L, Hansen GT, Tran NK, Polage CR, Thomson KS, Hanson ND, Winegar R, Buchan BW. Identification of Gram-Negative Bacteria and Genetic Resistance Determinants from Positive Blood Culture Broths by Use of the Verigene Gram-Negative Blood Culture Multiplex Microarray-Based Molecular Assay. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Aug; 53(8):2460-72. PMID: 25994165; PMCID: PMC4508435.
    23. Salipante SJ, Kalapila A, Pottinger PS, Hoogestraat DR, Cummings L, Duchin JS, Sengupta DJ, Pergam SA, Cookson BT, Butler-Wu S. Characterization of a multidrug-resistant, novel Bacteroides genomospecies. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jan; 21(1):95-8. PMID: 25529016; PMCID: PMC4285247.
    24. Matsen FA, Russ SM, Bertelsen A, Butler-Wu S, Pottinger PS. Propionibacterium can be isolated from deep cultures obtained at primary arthroplasty despite intravenous antimicrobial prophylaxis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jun; 24(6):844-7. PMID: 25547858.
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    25. Miles-Jay A, Butler-Wu S, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Pergam SA. Incidence rate of fluoroquinolone-resistant gram-negative rod bacteremia among allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation patients during an era of levofloxacin prophylaxis. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2015 Mar; 21(3):539-45. PMID: 25498393; PMCID: PMC4329069.
    26. Salipante SJ, Roach DJ, Kitzman JO, Snyder MW, Stackhouse B, Butler-Wu S, Lee C, Cookson BT, Shendure J. Large-scale genomic sequencing of extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli strains. Genome Res. 2015 Jan; 25(1):119-28. PMID: 25373147; PMCID: PMC4317167.
    27. Lee MJ, Pottinger PS, Butler-Wu S, Bumgarner RE, Russ SM, Matsen FA. Propionibacterium persists in the skin despite standard surgical preparation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Sep 03; 96(17):1447-50. PMID: 25187583.
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    28. Boyle NM, Podczervinski S, Jordan K, Stednick Z, Butler-Wu S, McMillen K, Pergam SA. Bacterial foodborne infections after hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2014 Nov; 20(11):1856-61. PMID: 25020101; PMCID: PMC4194273.
    29. McGoldrick E, McElvany MD, Butler-Wu S, Pottinger PS, Matsen FA. Substantial cultures of Propionibacterium can be found in apparently aseptic shoulders revised three years or more after the index arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan; 24(1):31-5. PMID: 25022444.
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    30. Dingle TC, Butler-Wu S, Abbott AN. Accidental exposure to Burkholderia pseudomallei in the laboratory in the era of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Sep; 52(9):3490-1. PMID: 24920780; PMCID: PMC4313193.
    31. Gilbreath JJ, Verma P, Abbott AN, Butler-Wu S. Comparison of the Verigene Clostridium difficile, Simplexa C. difficile Universal Direct, BD MAX Cdiff, and Xpert C. difficile assays for the detection of toxigenic C. difficile. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2014 Sep; 80(1):13-8. PMID: 25027069.
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    32. SenGupta DJ, Cummings LA, Hoogestraat DR, Butler-Wu S, Shendure J, Cookson BT, Salipante SJ. Whole-genome sequencing for high-resolution investigation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus epidemiology and genome plasticity. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Aug; 52(8):2787-96. PMID: 24850346; PMCID: PMC4136142.
    33. Martinez RM, Bauerle ER, Fang FC, Butler-Wu S. Evaluation of three rapid diagnostic methods for direct identification of microorganisms in positive blood cultures. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jul; 52(7):2521-9. PMID: 24808235; PMCID: PMC4097746.
    34. Salipante SJ, Hoogestraat DR, Abbott AN, SenGupta DJ, Cummings LA, Butler-Wu S, Stephens K, Cookson BT, Hoffman NG. Coinfection of Fusobacterium nucleatum and Actinomyces israelii in mastoiditis diagnosed by next-generation DNA sequencing. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 May; 52(5):1789-92. PMID: 24574281; PMCID: PMC3993667.
    35. Shi X, Festa RA, Ioerger TR, Butler-Wu S, Sacchettini JC, Darwin KH, Samanovic MI. The copper-responsive RicR regulon contributes to Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence. MBio. 2014 Feb 18; 5(1). PMID: 24549843; PMCID: PMC3944814.
    36. Matsen FA, Butler-Wu S, Carofino BC, Jette JL, Bertelsen A, Bumgarner R. Origin of propionibacterium in surgical wounds and evidence-based approach for culturing propionibacterium from surgical sites. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Dec 04; 95(23):e1811-7. PMID: 24306704.
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    37. Mather CA, Rivera SF, Butler-Wu S. Comparison of the Bruker Biotyper and Vitek MS matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry systems for identification of mycobacteria using simplified protein extraction protocols. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jan; 52(1):130-8. PMID: 24172150; PMCID: PMC3911429.
    38. Dingle TC, Butler-Wu S. Maldi-tof mass spectrometry for microorganism identification. Clin Lab Med. 2013 Sep; 33(3):589-609. PMID: 23931840.
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    39. Tchesnokova V, Billig M, Chattopadhyay S, Linardopoulou E, Aprikian P, Roberts PL, Skrivankova V, Johnston B, Gileva A, Igusheva I, Toland A, Riddell K, Rogers P, Qin X, Butler-Wu S, Cookson BT, Fang FC, Kahl B, Price LB, Weissman SJ, Limaye A, Scholes D, Johnson JR, Sokurenko EV. Predictive diagnostics for Escherichia coli infections based on the clonal association of antimicrobial resistance and clinical outcome. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Sep; 51(9):2991-9. PMID: 23843485.
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    40. Hall Sedlak R, Castor J, Butler-Wu S, Chan E, Cook L, Limaye AP, Jerome KR. Rapid detection of human cytomegalovirus UL97 and UL54 mutations directly from patient samples. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Jul; 51(7):2354-9. PMID: 23678068; PMCID: PMC3697653.
    41. Butler-Wu S, Cookson BT. Reply to "Anaerobic thioglycolate broth culture for recovery of propionibacterium acnes from shoulder tissue and fluid specimens". J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Feb; 51(2):733. PMID: 23355725; PMCID: PMC3553886.
    42. Johnson JR, Tchesnokova V, Johnston B, Clabots C, Roberts PL, Billig M, Riddell K, Rogers P, Qin X, Butler-Wu S, Price LB, Aziz M, Nicolas-Chanoine MH, Debroy C, Robicsek A, Hansen G, Urban C, Platell J, Trott DJ, Zhanel G, Weissman SJ, Cookson BT, Fang FC, Limaye AP, Scholes D, Chattopadhyay S, Hooper DC, Sokurenko EV. Abrupt emergence of a single dominant multidrug-resistant strain of Escherichia coli. J Infect Dis. 2013 Mar 15; 207(6):919-28. PMID: 23288927.
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    43. Pottinger P, Butler-Wu S, Neradilek MB, Merritt A, Bertelsen A, Jette JL, Warme WJ, Matsen FA. Prognostic factors for bacterial cultures positive for Propionibacterium acnes and other organisms in a large series of revision shoulder arthroplasties performed for stiffness, pain, or loosening. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Nov 21; 94(22):2075-83. PMID: 23172325.
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    44. Nishiyama S, Suzuki D, Itoh Y, Suzuki K, Tajima H, Hyakutake A, Homma M, Butler-Wu S, Camilli A, Kawagishi I. Mlp24 (McpX) of Vibrio cholerae implicated in pathogenicity functions as a chemoreceptor for multiple amino acids. Infect Immun. 2012 Sep; 80(9):3170-8. PMID: 22753378; PMCID: PMC3418727.
    45. Weissman SJ, Johnson JR, Tchesnokova V, Billig M, Dykhuizen D, Riddell K, Rogers P, Qin X, Butler-Wu S, Cookson BT, Fang FC, Scholes D, Chattopadhyay S, Sokurenko E. High-resolution two-locus clonal typing of extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Mar; 78(5):1353-60. PMID: 22226951.
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    46. Butler-Wu S, Sengupta DJ, Kittichotirat W, Matsen FA, Bumgarner RE. Genome sequence of a novel species, Propionibacterium humerusii. J Bacteriol. 2011 Jul; 193(14):3678. PMID: 21571999; PMCID: PMC3133328.
    47. Butler-Wu S, Burns EM, Pottinger PS, Magaret AS, Rakeman JL, Matsen FA, Cookson BT. Optimization of periprosthetic culture for diagnosis of Propionibacterium acnes prosthetic joint infection. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Jul; 49(7):2490-5. PMID: 21543562; PMCID: PMC3147880.
    48. Festa RA, Jones MB, Butler-Wu S, Sinsimer D, Gerads R, Bishai WR, Peterson SN, Darwin KH. A novel copper-responsive regulon in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Mol Microbiol. 2011 Jan; 79(1):133-48. PMID: 21166899; PMCID: PMC3052634.
    49. Pearce MJ, Arora P, Festa RA, Butler-Wu S, Gokhale RS, Darwin KH. Identification of substrates of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteasome. EMBO J. 2006 Nov 15; 25(22):5423-32. PMID: 17082771; PMCID: PMC1636610.