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Patrick McDermott MS PhD.

Patrick McDermott

Patrick McDermott, MS, PhD
Patrick McDermott MS PhD.

National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System


Dr. Patrick McDermott serves as director of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a position he has held since 2008. NARMS was established in 1996 as an interagency collaborative effort between the FDA, USDA, and CDC that tracks antibiotic resistance in bacteria from retail meats, food-producing animals, and human clinical cases of infection. He is the past director of the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology and the past deputy director of the Office of Research at CVM. He is a microbiologist by training and has studied antimicrobial resistance for 25 years. He serves as scientific advisor and collaborator to the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology on antimicrobial resistance research.


  • The evolution, persistence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria
  • Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance genes

Select Publications

McDermott, P. F., H. Tyson, C. Kabera, Y. Chen, C. Li, J. P. Folster, S. L. Ayers, C. Lam, H. P. Tate, and S. Zhao. 2016. The use of whole-genome sequencing for detecting antimicrobial resistance in nontyphoidal Salmonella. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 60(9):5515–20.

Zhao, S., G. H. Tyson, Y. Chen, C. Li, S. Mukherjee, S.Young, C. Lam, J. P. Folster, J. M. Whichard, and P. F. McDermott. 2016. Whole-genome sequencing analysis accurately predicts antimicrobial resistance phenotypes in Campylobacter. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82(02):459–466.

Zhao, S., S. Mukherjee, Y. Chen, C. Li, S. Young, M. Warren, J. Abbott, S. Friedman, C. Kabera, M. Karlsson, and P. F. McDermott. 2015. Novel gentamicin resistance genes in Campylobacter isolated from humans and retail meats in the United States. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 70: 1314–1321.

Contact Information
Patrick McDermott
+1 (240) 402-0891