Dr. Davise Larone: Clinical Microbiologist, Author, Professor and Researcher Receives the NYC ASM’s Highest Honor

Phyllis Della-Latta, PhD, (D)ABMM, FAAM

We are pleased to announce that Davise H. Larone, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FAAM has been honored with the NYC Branch of the ASM’s Award for Distinguished Achievements in Clinical Microbiology. Currently, Dr. Larone is Professor Emerita of Clinical Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University as well as Consultant in Clinical Mycology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) in New York City, NY.

Dr. Larone received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and Hunter College in New York and became American Society for Clinical Pathology certified. Shortly thereafter, she held the position of Technologist in Bacteriology at the University of Cincinnati. Fortunately she was drawn to the allure and excitement of New York City and decided to continue her career in the Big Apple, so she is considered an honorary Native New Yorker, although the delightful “Y’all” drawl is a reminder of her Southern heritage! Davise accepted a position at Lenox Hill Hospital and quickly climbed the ladder of success from Technologist to Supervisor and finally to Chief of Microbiology and Continuing Education Coordinator for the Department of Pathology, a post she held for 9 years. During this time, Davise pursued her academic studies earning a Master of Science degree from Long Island University., C.W. Post Center, in Brookville, NY in Biology/Education and a doctoral degree from New York University in Biology/Microbiology.  Her next career move was to Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYPH where she became Chief of Clinical Microbiology Service for 10 additional years. To her credit, Dr. Larone was promoted from Adjunct Professor to Associate Professor and ultimately to Professor of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Larone is best known for her love of Mycology. The field must have appealed to her personable nature as she is the original “fun-gal”, so to speak! Davise has numerous publications and abstracts to her credit and is best known for her book, Medically Important Fungi: A Guide to Identification, first published in 1976, now in its 5th edition due to its great popularity. She has always been a lively teacher and speaker, giving over 100 presentations, workshops and seminars both nationally & internationally. In recognition of her accomplishments, Davise was the recipient of the following honors: Excellence in Teaching Award-Weill Medical College of Cornell University; The Billy H. Cooper Memorial Award-Medical Mycology-Society of the Americas; The Max Littman Award for Contributions to Medical Mycology- Medical Mycology Society of New York and the American Society for Microbiology bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology.  Congratulations, Dr. Larone for your outstanding career and contributions to the Clinical Microbiology community!