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profileJohn A. Branda, M.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Pathology
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentPathology
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
GRB-526 Microbiology
55 Fruit St
Boston MA 02114
Phone617/726-1270
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  1. Steere AC, Franc S, Wormser GP, Hu LT, Branda JA, Hovius JWR, Li X, Mead PS. Correction: Lyme borreliosis. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017 Aug 03; 3:17062. PMID: 28770818.
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  2. Branda JA, Steere AC. Reply to Naktin. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 09. PMID: 28605417.
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  3. Snyder JL, Giese H, Bandoski-Gralinski C, Townsend J, Jacobson BE, Shivers R, Schotthoefer AM, Fritsche TR, Green C, Callister SM, Branda JA, Lowery TJ. T2 Magnetic Resonance Assay-Based Direct Detection of Three Lyme Disease-Related Borrelia Species in Whole-Blood Samples. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Aug; 55(8):2453-2461. PMID: 28566314.
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  4. Branda JA, Strle K, Nigrovic LE, Lantos PM, Lepore TJ, Damle NS, Ferraro MJ, Steere AC. Evaluation of Modified 2-Tiered Serodiagnostic Testing Algorithms for Early Lyme Disease. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 04 15; 64(8):1074-1080. PMID: 28329259.
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  5. Steere AC, Strle F, Wormser GP, Hu LT, Branda JA, Hovius JW, Li X, Mead PS. Lyme borreliosis. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2016 12 15; 2:16090. PMID: 27976670.
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  6. Lipsett SC, Branda JA, McAdam AJ, Vernacchio L, Gordon CD, Gordon CR, Nigrovic LE. Evaluation of the C6 Lyme Enzyme Immunoassay for the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease in Children and Adolescents. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Oct 01; 63(7):922-8. PMID: 27358358; PMCID: PMC5019286 [Available on 10/01/17].
  7. Levin AE, Williamson PC, Bloch EM, Clifford J, Cyrus S, Shaz BH, Kessler D, Gorlin J, Erwin JL, Krueger NX, Williams GV, Penezina O, Telford SR, Branda JA, Krause PJ, Wormser GP, Schotthoefer AM, Fritsche TR, Busch MP. Serologic screening of United States blood donors for Babesia microti using an investigational enzyme immunoassay. Transfusion. 2016 Jul; 56(7):1866-74. PMID: 27224258.
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  8. Lipsett SC, Pollock NR, Branda JA, Gordon CD, Gordon CR, Lantos PM, Nigrovic LE. The Positive Predictive Value of Lyme Elisa for the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease in Children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2015 Nov; 34(11):1260-2. PMID: 26222064; PMCID: PMC4630803 [Available on 11/01/16].
  9. Mansour MK, Ackman JB, Branda JA, Kradin RL. CASE RECORDS of the MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL. Case 32-2015. A 57-Year-Old Man with Severe Pneumonia and Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct 15; 373(16):1554-64. PMID: 26465989.
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  10. Biddinger PD, Hooper DC, Shenoy ES, Bajwa EK, Robbins GK, Branda JA. CASE RECORDS of the MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL. Case 28-2015. A 32-Year-Old Man with Fever, Headache, and Myalgias after Traveling from Liberia. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10; 373(11):1060-7. PMID: 26352818.
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  11. Hu LT, Tsibris AM, Branda JA. CASE RECORDS of the MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL. Case 24-2015. A 28-Year-Old Pregnant Woman with Fever, Chills, Headache, and Fatigue. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jul 30; 373(5):468-75. PMID: 26222563.
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  12. Lantos PM, Branda JA, Boggan JC, Chudgar SM, Wilson EA, Ruffin F, Fowler V, Auwaerter PG, Nigrovic LE. Poor Positive Predictive Value of Lyme Disease Serologic Testing in an Area of Low Disease Incidence. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Nov 01; 61(9):1374-80. PMID: 26195017; PMCID: PMC4599394 [Available on 11/01/16].
  13. Wormser GP, Villafuerte P, Nolan SM, Wang G, Lerner RG, Saetre KL, Maria MH, Branda JA. Neutropenia in Congenital and Adult Babesiosis. Am J Clin Pathol. 2015 Jul; 144(1):94-6. PMID: 26071466.
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  14. Gandhi RT, Alkasab TK, Nardi V, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 40-2014. A 57-year-old man with inguinal pain, lymphadenopathy, and HIV infection. N Engl J Med. 2014 Dec 25; 371(26):2511-20. PMID: 25539108.
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  15. Olson KR, Freitag SK, Johnson JM, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 36-2014. An 18-year-old woman with fever, pharyngitis, and double vision. N Engl J Med. 2014 Nov 20; 371(21):2018-27. PMID: 25409375.
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  16. Simner PJ, Hyle EP, Buckwalter SP, Branda JA, Brown-Elliott BA, Franklin J, Toney NC, de Man TJ, Wallace RJ, Vasireddy R, Gandhi RT, Wengenack NL. Tenosynovitis caused by a novel nontuberculous Mycobacterium species initially misidentified as a member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Dec; 52(12):4414-8. PMID: 25253791; PMCID: PMC4313331.
  17. Pukkila-Worley R, Nardi V, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 28-2014. A 39-year-old man with a rash, headache, fever, nausea, and photophobia. N Engl J Med. 2014 Sep 11; 371(11):1051-60. PMID: 25207769.
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  18. Branda JA, Dighe AS, Dzik W, Ferraro MJ, Flood J, Lee-Lewandrowski E, Makar R, Mandokolathur M, Rosenberg ES, Saidman S, Sluss P, Sohani AR, Stowell C, Van Cott EM, Lewandrowski KB. The practice of clinical pathology: a quantitative description of laboratory director activities at a large academic medical center. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Aug; 142(2):144-9. PMID: 25015853.
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  19. Finn KM, Ginns LC, Robbins GK, Wu CC, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 20-2014. A 65-year-old man with dyspnea and progressively worsening lung disease. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jun 26; 370(26):2521-30. PMID: 24963572.
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  20. Branda JA, Rychert J, Burnham CA, Bythrow M, Garner OB, Ginocchio CC, Jennemann R, Lewinski MA, Manji R, Mochon AB, Procop GW, Richter SS, Sercia LF, Westblade LF, Ferraro MJ. Multicenter validation of the VITEK MS v2.0 MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry system for the identification of fastidious gram-negative bacteria. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2014 Feb; 78(2):129-31. PMID: 24321357.
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  21. Westblade LF, Jennemann R, Branda JA, Bythrow M, Ferraro MJ, Garner OB, Ginocchio CC, Lewinski MA, Manji R, Mochon AB, Procop GW, Richter SS, Rychert JA, Sercia L, Burnham CA. Reply to "risks of 'blind' automated identification systems in medical microbiology". J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Nov; 51(11):3912. PMID: 24133054; PMCID: PMC3889801.
  22. Branda JA, Lewandrowski K. Utilization management in microbiology. Clin Chim Acta. 2014 Jan 01; 427:173-7. PMID: 24080434.
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  23. Wormser GP, Levin A, Soman S, Adenikinju O, Longo MV, Branda JA. Comparative cost-effectiveness of two-tiered testing strategies for serodiagnosis of lyme disease with noncutaneous manifestations. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Dec; 51(12):4045-9. PMID: 24068010; PMCID: PMC3838032.
  24. Manji R, Bythrow M, Branda JA, Burnham CA, Ferraro MJ, Garner OB, Jennemann R, Lewinski MA, Mochon AB, Procop GW, Richter SS, Rychert JA, Sercia L, Westblade LF, Ginocchio CC. Multi-center evaluation of the VITEK® MS system for mass spectrometric identification of non-Enterobacteriaceae Gram-negative bacilli. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2014 Mar; 33(3):337-46. PMID: 24019163.
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  25. Garner O, Mochon A, Branda J, Burnham CA, Bythrow M, Ferraro M, Ginocchio C, Jennemann R, Manji R, Procop GW, Richter S, Rychert J, Sercia L, Westblade L, Lewinski M. Multi-centre evaluation of mass spectrometric identification of anaerobic bacteria using the VITEK® MS system. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2014 Apr; 20(4):335-9. PMID: 23927597.
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  26. Richter SS, Sercia L, Branda JA, Burnham CA, Bythrow M, Ferraro MJ, Garner OB, Ginocchio CC, Jennemann R, Lewinski MA, Manji R, Mochon AB, Rychert JA, Westblade LF, Procop GW. Identification of Enterobacteriaceae by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry using the VITEK MS system. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013 Dec; 32(12):1571-8. PMID: 23818163.
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  27. Branda JA, Rosenberg ES. Borrelia miyamotoi: a lesson in disease discovery. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Jul 02; 159(1):61-2. PMID: 23817704.
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  28. Branda JA, Markham RP, Garner CD, Rychert JA, Ferraro MJ. Performance of the Vitek MS v2.0 system in distinguishing Streptococcus pneumoniae from nonpneumococcal species of the Streptococcus mitis group. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Sep; 51(9):3079-82. PMID: 23784130; PMCID: PMC3754641.
  29. Westblade LF, Jennemann R, Branda JA, Bythrow M, Ferraro MJ, Garner OB, Ginocchio CC, Lewinski MA, Manji R, Mochon AB, Procop GW, Richter SS, Rychert JA, Sercia L, Burnham CA. Multicenter study evaluating the Vitek MS system for identification of medically important yeasts. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Jul; 51(7):2267-72. PMID: 23658267; PMCID: PMC3697678.
  30. Rychert J, Burnham CA, Bythrow M, Garner OB, Ginocchio CC, Jennemann R, Lewinski MA, Manji R, Mochon AB, Procop GW, Richter SS, Sercia L, Westblade LF, Ferraro MJ, Branda JA. Multicenter evaluation of the Vitek MS matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry system for identification of Gram-positive aerobic bacteria. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Jul; 51(7):2225-31. PMID: 23658261; PMCID: PMC3697712.
  31. Branda JA, Strle F, Strle K, Sikand N, Ferraro MJ, Steere AC. Performance of United States serologic assays in the diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis acquired in Europe. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Aug; 57(3):333-40. PMID: 23592827.
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  32. Peña JA, Ferraro MJ, Hoffman CG, Branda JA. Growth detection failures by the nonradiometric Bactec MGIT 960 mycobacterial culture system. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Jun; 50(6):2092-5. PMID: 22493332; PMCID: PMC3372103.
  33. Ryan ET, Cronin CG, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 38-2011. A 34-year-old man with diarrhea and weakness. N Engl J Med. 2011 Dec 15; 365(24):2306-16. PMID: 22168646.
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  34. Winter HS, Gervais DA, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 27-2011. A 17-year-old boy with abdominal pain and weight loss. N Engl J Med. 2011 Sep 08; 365(10):940-50. PMID: 21899455.
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  35. Branda JA, Linskey K, Kim YA, Steere AC, Ferraro MJ. Two-tiered antibody testing for Lyme disease with use of 2 enzyme immunoassays, a whole-cell sonicate enzyme immunoassay followed by a VlsE C6 peptide enzyme immunoassay. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Sep; 53(6):541-7. PMID: 21865190.
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  36. Kormos WA, Wu CC, Branda JA, Piris A. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 35-2010. A 56-year-old man with cough, hypoxemia, and rash. N Engl J Med. 2010 Nov 18; 363(21):2046-54. PMID: 21083390.
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  37. Young LH, Bazari H, Durand ML, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 33-2010. A 22-year-old woman with blurred vision and renal failure. N Engl J Med. 2010 Oct 28; 363(18):1749-58. PMID: 20979476.
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  38. Weinberg AN, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 31-2010. A 29-year-old woman with fever after a cat bite. N Engl J Med. 2010 Oct 14; 363(16):1560-8. PMID: 20942673.
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  39. Branda JA, Aguero-Rosenfeld ME, Ferraro MJ, Johnson BJ, Wormser GP, Steere AC. 2-tiered antibody testing for early and late Lyme disease using only an immunoglobulin G blot with the addition of a VlsE band as the second-tier test. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Jan 01; 50(1):20-6. PMID: 19947857.
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  40. Uyeki TM, Sharma A, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 40-2009. A 29-year-old man with Fever and respiratory failure. N Engl J Med. 2009 Dec 24; 361(26):2558-69. PMID: 20032326.
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  41. Baden LR, Digumarthy SR, Guimaraes AS, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 35-2009. A 60-year-old male renal-transplant recipient with renal insufficiency, diabetic ketoacidosis, and mental-status changes. N Engl J Med. 2009 Nov 12; 361(20):1980-9. PMID: 19907046.
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  42. Kim JY, Ferraro MJ, Branda JA. False-negative results obtained with the Gen-Probe Amplified Mycobacterium tuberculosis direct test caused by unrecognized inhibition of the amplification reaction. J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Sep; 47(9):2995-7. PMID: 19587300; PMCID: PMC2738107.
  43. Hirsch MS, DeMaria A, Schaefer PW, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 22-2008. A 52-year-old woman with fever and confusion. N Engl J Med. 2008 Jul 17; 359(3):294-303. PMID: 18635435.
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  44. Staropoli JF, Branda JA. Cord formation in a clinical isolate of Mycobacterium marinum. J Clin Microbiol. 2008 Aug; 46(8):2814-6. PMID: 18579723; PMCID: PMC2519507.
  45. Fishman JA, Gonzalez RG, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 11-2008. A 45-year-old man with changes in mental status after liver transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2008 Apr 10; 358(15):1604-13. PMID: 18403769.
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  46. Branda JA, Ferraro MJ, Kratz A. Sensitivity of peripheral blood smear review for the diagnosis of Candida fungemia. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2007 Jan; 131(1):97-101. PMID: 17227130.
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  47. Branda JA, Ferraro MJ. Response to the editorial commentary "clinical importance of adequately performed stool ova and parasite examinations". Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Sep 15; 43(6):794-5. PMID: 16912960.
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  48. Branda JA, Kratz A. Effects of yeast on automated cell counting. Am J Clin Pathol. 2006 Aug; 126(2):248-54. PMID: 16891201.
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  49. Gibbons FK, Branda JA, Shepard JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 12-2006. A 37-year-old man with hemoptysis and a pulmonary infiltrate. N Engl J Med. 2006 Apr 20; 354(16):1729-37. PMID: 16625012.
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  50. Branda JA, Lin TY, Rosenberg ES, Halpern EF, Ferraro MJ. A rational approach to the stool ova and parasite examination. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Apr 01; 42(7):972-8. PMID: 16511762.
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  51. Ryan ET, Felsenstein D, Aquino SL, Branda JA, Morgan JG. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 39-2005. A 63-year-old woman with a positive serologic test for syphilis and persistent eosinophilia. N Engl J Med. 2005 Dec 22; 353(25):2697-705. PMID: 16371636.
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  52. Heller HM, Telford SR, Branda JA. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 10-2005. A 73-year-old man with weakness and pain in the legs. N Engl J Med. 2005 Mar 31; 352(13):1358-64. PMID: 15800232.
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  53. Branda JA, Ruoff K. Bioterrorism. Clinical recognition and primary management. Am J Clin Pathol. 2002 Jun; 117 Suppl:S116-23. PMID: 14569808.
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  54. Gadd M, Pisc C, Branda J, Ionescu-Tiba V, Nikolic Z, Yang C, Wang T, Shackleford GM, Cardiff RD, Schmidt EV. Regulation of cyclin D1 and p16(INK4A) is critical for growth arrest during mammary involution. Cancer Res. 2001 Dec 15; 61(24):8811-9. PMID: 11751403.
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  55. Johnston KA, Polymenis M, Wang S, Branda J, Schmidt EV. Novel regulatory factors interacting with the promoter of the gene encoding the mRNA cap binding protein (eIF4E) and their function in growth regulation. Mol Cell Biol. 1998 Oct; 18(10):5621-33. PMID: 9742079; PMCID: PMC109148.
  56. Jones RM, MacDonald ME, Branda J, Altherr MR, Louis DN, Schmidt EV. Assignment of the human gene encoding eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (EIF4E) to the region q21-25 on chromosome 4. Somat Cell Mol Genet. 1997 May; 23(3):221-3. PMID: 9330633.
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  57. Jones RM, Branda J, Johnston KA, Polymenis M, Gadd M, Rustgi A, Callanan L, Schmidt EV. An essential E box in the promoter of the gene encoding the mRNA cap-binding protein (eukaryotic initiation factor 4E) is a target for activation by c-myc. Mol Cell Biol. 1996 Sep; 16(9):4754-64. PMID: 8756633; PMCID: PMC231476.
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