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PHYSICIANS in the One Health Vanguard! - Monday, April 10, 2017

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PHYSICIANS in the One Health Vanguard!

The international One Health movement (formerly called One Medicine) cannot flourish without medical doctors (i.e. physicians).  In reality, their leaders fostered it collaboration(s) with veterinary medical doctors (i.e. veterinarians) and other prominent health scientist-research professionals.

Notable 19th and early 20th century One Health physicians include:


Sir William Osler (1849-1919), “Father of Modern Medicine”, one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Among several early associations with veterinary medicine and veterinarians, in 1873, Osler, who had recently received his medical degree from McGill University, left Canada to study with physician Dr. Rudolf Virchow [1821-1902] in Berlin. Virchow impressed upon the young Osler the importance of the autopsy and scientific inquiry in the practice of medicine. Osler returned to Canada in 1874, where he established veterinary pathology as an academic discipline in a North American school of veterinary medicine.

Sir John McFadyean (1853-1941), “Founder Modern Veterinary Research”, a remarkable veterinarian and physician, founded the Journal of Comparative Pathology & Therapeutics, built bridges across human and veterinary medical fields in infectious diseases and comparative medicine.  In addition to his degree in veterinary medicine, McFadyean sought to learn the newest and best in science, which led him to enroll at the Faculties of Medicine and Science of Edinburgh University where he earned his human medical degree. Notable for challenging the celebrated German physician and pioneering microbiologist known as the founder of modern bacteriology who gave the first description of the tubercle bacillus in 1882 and surprisingly had stated that no precautions were needed to be taken against milk or flesh from cattle afflicted with tuberculosis because bovine TB differed from the infection found in humans.  McFadyean was subsequently proven right.

Theobald Smith, MD (1859-1934), widely considered to be America's first internationally significant medical research scientist, worked under Dr. Daniel E. Salmon, a veterinarian and Chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry.  Smith also discovered the bacterial species which would eventually form the genus Salmonella.  With veterinarian Dr. Frederick L. Kilbourne, Smith discovered that the parasite causing cattle fever, Babesia bigemina, was spread by ticks. This was the first demonstration that a biting arthropod could spread disease, and set the stage for physician Walter Reed and his colleagues to prove a few years later that mosquitoes transmit yellow fever.

FYI, a partial list of modern day 20th and 21st century visionary “One Health physician” champions and leaders:


Larry R. Anderson, DVM, MD - Sumner County Family Care Center, PA, Wellington, Kansas (USA)

Steven W. Atwood, VMD, MRCVS, MD, MPH – Animal Health Care Associates, West Tisbury, MA (USA)


Stephen F. Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, Research Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Director of Tissue Engineering, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)


B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD, MBA - Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine (USA)

Stephen A. Berger, MD, Director of Geographic Medicine, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Donald S. Burke, MD - Dean, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh (USA)


Dave Cundiff, MD, MPH, Public Health and general Preventive Medicine physician, Olympia, WA (USA)


David Curiel, MD, PhD,  Director of the Cancer Biology Division of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (USA)

*Ronald M. Davis, MD, former President, American Medical Association, Detroit, Michigan (USA)

Virginia M. Dato, MD, MPH - Public Health physician, former Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) and immediate Past President, American Association of Public Health Physicians

David N. Fisman, MD, MPH – Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Department of Medicine, North York General Hospital (Canada).

Kathleen F. Gensheimer, MD, MPH - Chief Medical Officer - Outbreak Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, D.C. (USA)

Greg Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA - Professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Duke Infectious Diseases & Duke Global Health Institute, Durham, North Carolina (USA) and Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. Formerly, Director, One Health Center of Excellence for Research & Training, Professor Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, and Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida (USA).

John C. Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAO - Editor, Missouri Medicine: The Journal of the Missouri Medical Association and an ophthalmologist, Kansas City, MO (USA)

*D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH - Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine; Resident Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; former Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health from 1977 to 1990; Directed WHO global smallpox eradication program 1966-1977 (USA)

David L. Heymann, MD – Editor, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual and Director, U.K. Health Protection Agency (United Kingdom)

James M. Hughes, MD - Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Emory University (USA)

Josef D. Jarhult, MD, PhD, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden


Karl M. Johnson, MD, Past Director, Middle America Research Unit, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH, Founding Chief, Special Pathogens Branch, CDC (retired), Placitas, NM  87043 (USA)


Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP - Research Scholar Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (USA): Co-Founder, One Health Initiative team & website 


Gerald Keusch, MD  member U.S. One Health Commission Advisory Council, Professor of Medicine and International Health, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Special Assistant for Global Health to the President, and Senior Advisor to the Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University (USA)


Dan Lucey, MD, MPH, Georgetown University Medical Center and Senior Scholar with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Washington, DC (USA)


Lawrence C. Madoff, MD - Editor, ProMED-mail, Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an infectious disease public health physician (USA).

Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MACP, FAAP, Association of American Medical Colleges, Professor Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC (USA)

Thomas P. Monath, MD - Chief Scientific & Chief Operating Officer, BioProtection Systems/NewLink Genetics Corp., Devens MA 01434 (USA): Co-Founder, One Health Initiative team & website 


Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (USA)


Björn Olsen, MD - Professor, Senior Physician Infectious Diseases Uppsala University and University Hospital (Sweden)

Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD, Past Chair, U.S. One Health Commission Board, medical director of occupational health services at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina (USA)

Peter M. Rabinowitz, MD, MPH – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, School of Public Health, Director of Human Animal Medicine Project (USA)

Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor and Founding Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. (USA)

Kevin M. Sherin, MD, MPH, FACPM, FAAFP - Health Officer and Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Orlando, Florida (USA)


*Myron “Mike” G. Schultz, DVM, MD, DCMT, FACP, former Senior Medical Officer, Global Disease Detection Operations Center, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA 30333 (USA)


Gary Simpson, PhD, MD, MSc, MPH – College Master-Paul L. Foster School of Medicine - Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Professor of Infectious Diseases in Medical Education (USA)

Annette L. Sobel, MD, MS, Executive for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Health Security Initiatives, Texas Tech, University Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (USA)


Cecil B. Wilson, MD, MACP – Practicing internist from Winter Park, Florida (USA), past president of the American Medical Association and past president of the World Medical Association.


Others are listed among the One Health Initiative Supporters and

ALL PHYSICIANS ARE ENCOURAGED AND URGED TO ACTIVELY JOIN-PARTICIPATE!  Please help us educate/engage your physician colleagues and friends... One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.


Bruce Kaplan, DVM

Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website

Co-Founder One Health Initiative team [Apr2006-Mar2007]/website [Oct2008]


One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team:

Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪

Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH  

8th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference - Friday, April 07, 2017

2017 CUGH Conference


April 7-9, 2017:  8th Annual CUGH Conference


For specific information about awards, please visit this webpage.








3 April2017      For Immediate Release


Contact(s):        Peter Costa, +1 984 500 8593 (USA),

                              Chris Vanlangendonck, +32 475 81 38 59 (Belgium),






The first edition of the global One Health Day, held on 3 November 2016, generated over 150 events in over 35 countries engaging approximately 17,000 participants. Officially launched in April 2016 by three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation, this initiative has grown into an annual, sustainable platform for One Health supporters around the world.

Today, the three leading global partners launch promotion of the 2017 annual One Health Day campaign, calling upon individuals and groups from around the world to implement One Health educational projects and awareness events under the auspices of One Health Day. Regional One Health Day Spokespersons in Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas will continue to liaise with project teams in their respective regions, while a network of One Health Day Country Ambassadors works within their countries to encourage creation of inspiring events. Anyone, from academia to government to corporate to private individuals can plan and implement a One Health Day Event. The events do not have to fall right on November 3. All events should be registered on the webpage to be promoted on the One Health Day website and represented on the global One Health Day Events map.  Student groups from all disciplines can compete for cash prizes and global recognition. Participating teams can have the One Health Day logo translated into a language of their choice. All promotional materials are freely downloadable from the One Health Day website.

The One Health Day organizing team was very pleased to have received numerous outstanding entries for the three 2016 Student Event Competition awards. Competing groups had to meet a set of criteria and were required to submit a post-event summary. The International Evaluation Committee was impressed with the work of the One Health Day Student teams, and the decision process has hence been challenging. Based on an objective assessment by these internationally recognized One Health leaders, three teams will each be awarded a $5,000 prize. The winning 2016 One Health Day Student Event teams are: University of California at Davis, Washington University at St Louis, Missouri and George Washington University in Washington D.C. Two additional $500 One Health Day Planning Team Special Recognition Awards will go to the teams from Makerere University, Uganda, and the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Student Event awards in 2017 will go to the top event in each of four global regions so students are encouraged to begin planning.

Additional information is available online at


About One Health Day

One Health Day answers the urgent need for a One Health trans-disciplinary approach towards solving today’s critical global health challenges. It is a timely initiative that gives scientists and advocates a powerful voice for moving beyond current provincial approaches to emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environmental pollution, food safety, comparative/ translational medicine and many other problems, to a holistic default way of doing business.

About One Health

One Health is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations, in both research and applied sciences, between human and animal health arenas, chemical, engineering and social scientists, dentists, nurses, agriculturalists and food producers, wildlife and environmental health specialists and many other related disciplines, assembled under the One Health umbrella. As early as 2010 the World Bank recognized and published documentary evidence supporting benefits of a One Health approach in disease prevention, public health and global security. Today, the One Health approach is being increasingly accepted by numerous major international organizations such as the World Medical Association (WMA), the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many other supporting organizations can be found at

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs - An important new book publication... - Friday, March 31, 2017

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

by Michael T. Osterholm (Author), Mark Olshaker (Author)


An important new book publication...

“...we highlight One Health in the book as a critical element of our necessary public health priorities. In fact, I make the incorporation of a One Health approach as a point in our crisis agenda. Hopefully we can continue to advance this very important priority.”

    --March 21, 2017: Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH--


Also please see the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), the University of Minnesota School of Public Health reviews of the book:


Note: Dr. Osterholm is a member of the One Health Initiative Team’s Advisory Board

One Health concept influences other important health/safety endeavors..Occupational Health and Safety in Aquaculture: Insights on Brazilian Public Policies - Saturday, March 25, 2017

One Health concept influences other important health/safety endeavors...

Occupational Health and Safety in Aquaculture: Insights on Brazilian Public Policies


Pedro Keller de Oliveira, Richard Souto Cavalli, Hiran Castagnino Kunert Filho, Daiane Carvalho, Nadine Benedetti, Marco Aurélio Rotta, Augusto Sávio Peixoto Ramos, Kelly Cristina Tagliari de Brito, Benito Guimarães de Brito, Andréa Ferretto da Rocha, Marcia Regina Stech, and Lissandra Souto Cavalli Journal of Agromedicine Vol. 22 , Iss. 2,2017


Aquaculture has many occupational hazards, including those that are physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and mechanical. The risks in aquaculture are inherent, as this activity requires particular practices. The objective of the present study was to show the risks associated with the aquaculture sector and present a critical overview on the Brazilian public policies concerning aquaculture occupational health. Methods include online research involved web searches and electronic databases including Pubmed, Google Scholar, Scielo and government databases. We conducted a careful revision of Brazilian labor laws related to occupational health and safety, rural workers, and aquaculture. The results and conclusion support the idea that aquaculture requires specific and well-established industry programs and policies, especially in developing countries. Aquaculture still lacks scientific research, strategies, laws, and public policies to boost the sector with regard to occupational health and safety. The establishment of a safe workplace in aquaculture in developing countries remains a challenge for all involved in employer-employee relationships.

“...The One Health concept (, when applied to aquaculture, includes aspects of human, animal, and environmental health, such as disease prevention (animal and human), food safety and nutrition, fish escapes, and environmental pollution.36 Gomaz JG, Fry JP, Erazo M, Love DC. Public health perspectives on aquaculture. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2014;1:227–238.[CrossRef], [PubMed][Google Scholar] The proposal to apply the One Health concept in aquaculture36 Gomaz JG, Fry JP, Erazo M, Love DC. Public health perspectives on aquaculture. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2014;1:227–238.[CrossRef], [PubMed][Google Scholar] is appropriate from an occupational health perspective because human health is closely linked to environmental and animal health. Under the One-Health umbrella (Figure 1), occupational health in aquaculture must join multidisciplinary efforts to promote health and safety by adopting and implementing specific practices and policies. The promotion of health among workers includes the adoption of good manufacturing practices, good hygiene practices, and a hazard analysis and critical control point program. The production process must have effective hygiene and sanitation programs.37 Huss HH, Reilly A, Embarek PKB. Prevention and control of hazards in seafood. Food Control. 2000;11:149–156.[CrossRef], [Web of Science ®][Google Scholar] The above three programs and practices are frameworks that guide the identification and assessment of hazards and risks of the aquaculture sector.38 Reilly A, Käferstein F. Food safety hazards and the application of the principles of the hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) system for their control in aquaculture production. Aquacult Res. 1997;28:735–752.[CrossRef], [Web of Science ®], [CSA][Google Scholar] Other requirements that should be a priority are occupational risk maps, continuing education and training, and aquaculture waste management, all of which are actions that promote health among workers. Specific polices and health surveillance,39 Cavalli LS, Brito KCT, Brito BG. One health, one aquaculture: aquaculture under One Health umbrella. J Mar Biol Aquacult. 2015;1:1–2.[CrossRef][Google Scholar] work and academic partnerships, scientific studies, laboratory networks,40 Rubin C, Myers T, Stokes W, Dunham B, Harris S, Lautner B, Annelli J. Review of Institute of Medicine and National Research Council recommendations for One Health initiative. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013;19:91–95.[CrossRef], [Web of Science ®][Google Scholar] and guidelines and standards with protocols for emergencies are all necessary. To provide global knowledge regarding occupational accidents, we propose a universal online platform that is frequently updated (i.e., a world occupational aquaculture injuries database) and easily available to report injuries from aquaculture activities.

Figure 1. Occupational aquaculture under the One Health umbrella. The occupational perspective involves human, animal and environmental health, as well as risk assessments and measures for maintaining a safe workplace. PPE, personal protective equipment; GMP, good manufacturing practice; GHP, good hygiene practice; HACCP, hazard analysis and critical control point. (Image based on One Health umbrella from One Health initiative,

Especially in developing countries, a joint effort is necessary to improve and promote safe practices in the daily lives of workers. Regulatory agencies, government, scientists, employers, and workers should work together to control, monitor, and reduce the risks of injuries and fatal accidents on aquaculture farms. Perhaps the most innovative and challenging issue in One Health in relation to aquaculture is to promote a safe workplace. ...”

Provided by:

Dra. Lissandra Souto Cavalli

Pesquisadora IV

Saúde e Biossegurança/Inovação Tecnológica

Departamento de Diagnóstico e Pesquisa Agropecuária - DDPA

Secretaria de Agricultura, Pecuária e Irrigação do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul - Seapi

51-32888021/993800016 BRAZIL

Skype: lis-cavalli

One Health Lecture: Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance (recording) - March 21, 2017 - Iowa State University (USA) - Thursday, March 23, 2017

“Excellent presentation and exciting day for all of us.”

      *Claire B. Andreasen, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP—

Please listen to recorded session now available:

One Health Lecture: Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:30 pm  2226 Vet Med

Click link to recorded session

Dr. Laura Kahn

Presented by **Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP
Princeton University

Dr. Kahn holds a B.S. degree in nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an MPH from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University.  She is a research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter’s Laureate Award.  At the 2016 AVMA meeting, Dr. Kahn was awarded the Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award for her lifetime contributions to public health and One Health. She currently teaches, “Hogs, Bats, and Ebola: An Introduction to One Health Policy” to Princeton University freshmen. Her most recent book, One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance, was published in June 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

The One Health Lecture Series was established in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in honor of Dr. Roger Mahr, DVM Class of 1971 [see]

Note: *Dr. Andreasen is Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology and Director of the One Health program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University in Ames, IA (USA).

**Dr. Kahn is a co-founding member of the One Health Initiative team [April 2006] and One Health Initiative website [October 2008].

A Book Review Opinion: “ONE HEALTH From AIDS to Zika” - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Book Review Opinion:


A product of Jones & Bartlett Learning, 5 Wall Street, Burlington, MA 01803, 978-443-5000, and SEE and    

By Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD and Brenda Kirkwood, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Riegelman, a physician, is Professor and Founding Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Dr. Kirkwood is Director of the Online Master of Public Health program at the University at Albany, SUNY, School of Public Health. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at the University at Albany, SUNY, School of Public Health.

This concise practicable ‘real world’ One Health booklet should be read by every longstanding One Health supporter/advocate who believes they fully understand the One Health concept.  It is well written and prepared.  As a model, it can help form and/or reform a basic appreciation for the widely recognized five or six journalism guidelines of What, Who, Where, When, Why and How.  Refreshingly, this is an instance where two sophisticated public health/epidemiology co-author educators wrote “in a nutshell”...absent unnecessary esoteric academic pedantries.  Its descriptive language demonstrates a brilliant simplicity suitable for teaching/exposing the concept to undergraduate [and graduate] students—for which it is primarily designed—as well as some visionaries who may have been immersed in the practice of utilizing a One Health approach for many years. 

Having been a student and serious practitioner of One Health (formerly called One Medicine) since 1963-64, it rekindled my enthusiasm for educating the uninitiated along with those who think they know what One Health is all about...but, in fact, do not!  Indeed, to my chagrin, over the last 11 years of reading, writing about, editing vast quantities of One Health literature, and listening to talks by many One Health experts and being in direct contact with U.S. and internationally well known—and not so well known—One Health practitioner VIPs, I have encountered an occasional perception deficit or at least an inability to adequately define (or understand) the true essence of the concept.  This teaching guide book should help eliminate that problem in most (if not all) who read and study it carefully.  This includes knowledgeable laymen and professionals i.e., practicing physicians, veterinarians, nurses, other public health and clinical health research scientists and allied medical personnel.

In particular I direct your attention to page 4, BOX 1 CONTROL OF ZOONOTIC DISEASES’ amusing yet pertinent historical annotation and page 6, Figure 2, the One Health Umbrella graphic  The graphic highlights the “Need for Broad [co-equal, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary] Collaborations to Achieve the Goals of One Health” including more expeditious and efficacious global public health and comparative medicine big picture considerations.  One Health aspects pertaining to comparative medicine/translational medicine are not discussed further in this text. 

Prior to reading this booklet, I asked a well-known highly respected One Health expert and One Health Initiative Team Advisory Board member, Dr. Bernadette Dunham [DVM, PhD], the former director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for her opinion and description of the text.  Incidentally, Dr. Dunham is acknowledged by the co-authors for being one of the two reviewers requested to help ‘ensure accuracy and clarity of the material.’ 

I cannot improve upon her initial brief response to my inquiry:

It is a very simple, 46 page booklet that provides a "101 for One Health" type of approach for students being introduced to the One Health initiative. It is divided into three topic areas:  

1.  Microbiological Influences on Health and Disease. The top 10 RNA viruses that cause infectious diseases are highlighted, as the title indicates from AIDS to Zika: AIDS, Chikungunya, Dengue, Ebola, Hantavirus, Influenza A, MERS, SARS, West Nile Virus, and Zika.

 2. Ecosystem Health/Physical Environment.  How global movement transmits diseases; migration of people when impacted by droughts, disasters (floods, earthquakes, etc.); moving into previously uninhabited areas (forests, etc.) with increased exposure to new diseases; etc. Changes in agricultural practices (intensive farming; use of antibiotics); poor sanitation (cholera); building dams in certain areas + Schistosomiasis. Climate change impact on health.

 3. Human - Animal Interactions.  Health benefits from our pets. Minimizing zoonotic disease transmission from pets. How to put One Health into Action.

In Summary: Implementing large scale distribution and recognition of this publication can help advance the One Health movement worldwide by articulating the essential usefulness of a paradigm shift for addressing the critical Global Public Health challenges our 21st century society faces in today’s hazardous and uncertain world.

Bruce Kaplan, DVM

Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website

4748 Hamlets Grove Drive

Sarasota, Florida 34235


Phone/fax: 941-351-5014

One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

Outstanding-Extraordinary U.S. One Health Leader Making Significant One Health Contributions - Dr. Cheryl Stroud - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Outstanding-Extraordinary U.S. One Health Leader Making Significant One Health Contributions

Cheryl M. Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, U.S. One Health Commission is also the Immediate Past Chair, North Carolina One Health Collaborative (NC OHC), Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Immediate Past American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Representative to the One Health Commission. 

Dr. Stroud, a veterinarian, obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Mississippi State University in 1974 and her Masters of Science and PhD from North Carolina State University in 1985 and 1990, respectively.  She received a 2015 honorary Diploma award from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES).

She has enjoyed professional experiences in Industry, Academic Research / Teaching, Private Veterinary Practice and One Health. She grew up on a small, hobby farm in central Mississippi where she was surrounded by cows, horses, cats, dogs and open spaces. Before attending the school of veterinary medicine she worked in the poultry industry as manager of a quality control laboratory for a prominent, vertically-integrated, poultry company.

After graduation from the school of veterinary medicine she worked briefly in veterinary practice before going to North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a Masters and PhD in endocrine physiology. She then spent 8 years in basic research at Pennsylvania State University studying many topics, ranging from variant molecular forms of prolactin and growth hormone to reproductive cycles of women from populations around the world. When her family moved to Illinois in 1996 for her husband, also a DVM, PhD, to become Director of the Division of Education and Research for the American Veterinary Medical Association, she returned to private veterinary practice where she especially enjoyed practicing internal medicine and educating clients about zoonotic diseases (i.e., diseases transmissible from animals to humans).

Dr. Stroud’s deep passion for the One Health concept emerged in 2008 when she returned to North Carolina. While networking around the Research Triangle Park region of N.C. she identified a need to bring key Veterinary, Human, Public and Environmental health stakeholders in North Carolina together to work across disciplines. As a result of her exploratory efforts, in 2010 she helped create the North Carolina One Health Collaborative (NC OHC and for over three years chaired its Steering Committee which includes veterinarians, physicians and other health scientist professionals and government officials from Duke University, University of North Carolina, NC State University, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, NC Department of Public Health, to name a few. Since its inception, the NC OHC has sponsored over 80 local One Health topic sessions in a One Health Intellectual Exchange Group discussion series that engages MDs, DVMs/VMDs, PhDs, human and veterinary medical students and public health graduate students. Continuing today, this discussion series evolved to include and is running in parallel, a One Health course that is cross listed at Duke, UNC and NCSU.

Dr. Stroud was selected as AVMA’s representative to the One Health Commission (OHC in spring 2011, was appointed Vice Chair of the OHC Board in 2012 and became Executive Director of the Commission in September, 2013, moving the Commission from Iowa to North Carolina. Until that time she had enjoyed part time clinical veterinary medical practice though her primary focus since 2010 has been educating, both locally and nationally, about One Health. In 2013 she also served on a National Biodefense Science Board working group on Situational Awareness, Strategic Implementation and Bio-Surveillance.

She believes strongly in interdisciplinary collaborations and seeks, via the One Health Commission, to connect One Health stakeholders into active Teams, creating strategic networks / partnerships that will educate about all One Health Issues. Her forte is bringing people together. 

Among her achievements since becoming the OHC director, Dr. Stroud was instrumental in improving, expanding and updating the OHC’s current website In addition she presciently consented to a visionary recommendation to promote a worldwide “One Health Day” from her exceptional Associate Executive Director Peter J. Costa, MPH, MCHES Biography; Mr. Costa was also recognized for his significant One Health contributions in 2016 by receiving an Honorary Diploma award from AVES. 

One of Dr. Stroud’s most significant collaborative achievements was to encourage close engagement between the OHC and the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team.  This has resulted in a valuable synergistic effort by having joint One Health ventures.   See Notable One Health Commission/One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team Joint Collaborations”

Notably, Dr. Stroud proceeded to form and lead a remarkably successful “One Health Day” coalition-planning committee including the One Health Platform Foundation (OHP)—a  prominent respected, leading international One Health organization and the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team (OHI team)  Financial funding is provided and handled via the OHC and OPH respectively.  The first ever One Health Day was initiated November 3, 2016 fostering over 150 events worldwide in many countries from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania regions.  The OHC, OHP and OHI team are currently coordinating efforts for this event to hopefully recur next year (2017) and indefinitely beyond.

Also see previously posted OHI website NEWS item about “U. S. One Health Commission Chair [Dr. Joann Lindenmayer, veterinarian] and notable “One Health” Leader - Monday, April 04, 2016” 

Editor’s Note: Drs. Stroud and Lindenmayer, are recognized and admired for working “hand & glove” together and generously with other national and international One Health leaders/organizations, dealing with a variety of complex One Health issues.


One Health Lecture: Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance - Iowa State University (USA) - March 21, 2017 - Thursday, March 16, 2017

One Health Lecture: Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Iowa State University – College of Veterinary Medicine – Ames, Iowa (USA)

March 21, 2017
One Health Lecture

In honor of veterinarian Dr. Roger Mahr [DVM]
Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Presented by physician Dr. Laura H. Kahn [MD, MPH, MPP]

5:30 pm; CVM room 2226
Event details and future recorded session page

Note: The recorded lecture will be available at this website post-lecture.
Photo by Joseph L. Murphy, MD

Important “One Health” 21st century History:

June 2007- American Medical Association Meeting during “One Health” resolution
testimony.  Historic resolution subsequently adopted. (see

Left to right: the late Ronald M. Davis, MD, President AMA, Roger K. Mahr, DVM, President, American Veterinary Medical Association and Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP of Princeton University.

The AMA “One Health” resolution was originally drafted by Dr. Kahn under Dr. Davis’s guidance. Thomas P. Monath, MD and Bruce Kaplan, DVM assisted.  The historic “One Health” liaison between AVMA and AMA [in effect today] was fostered by collaboration between Drs. Mahr (AVMA) and Davis (AMA).

“One What? Why GI [Gastrointestinal] Researchers Should Know and Care About the One Health Initiative” - Sunday, March 12, 2017

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 "One What? Why GI [Gastrointestinal] Researchers Should Know and Care About the One Health Initiative”

By Rebecca G. Wells, MD [a physician]

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The One Health Initiative is an international movement that began in 2006 and is supported by, among others, the American Medical Association and the US Centers for Disease Control.1  Available from: Accessed September 14, 2016.

See all References1 Its goal is both laudable and logical: to bring together animal, human, and environmental health practitioners for collaborations that enhance health and well being, broadly and globally. Sadly, although One Health (and the related concept of Zoobiquity2  Available from: Accessed September 14, 2016.

See all References2) are widely appreciated in the veterinary community, they are generally unknown in the human medical community, especially among subspecialists such as gastroenterologists.3   Wolfe, L.A. Why the human side lags behind in One Health. Veterinary Practice News. June 10, 2015;

See all References3 I first heard of One Health from a veterinary collaborator a year ago, and an informal survey of colleagues in gastrointestinal (GI) research suggested that most are similarly unaware of One Health. ...”

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