An opinion… Prepared for the One Health Initiative website April 5, 2009 Neglected “Other” One Health Heroes! Bruce Kaplan, DVM The International One Health movement generally puts focus on the crucial public health aspects of this life protecting-life saving concept. The physicians, veterinarians and other health scientists/professionals associated with zoonotic disease prevention and control are indeed essential for our global health. These professionals are important in solving many of the riddles associated with biosecurity and threats of bioterrorism too. However, One Health also encompasses cancer research, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, orthopedic prosthetic device advances, vaccine development, environmental health, plant health etc. Without including these health and health care concerns … “One Health” becomes “Some Health”. In the 1970s and early 1980s the 20th century public health community recognized and promoted this concept (under the heading of ‘One Medicine’) without any participation by or recognition of their counterpart clinical-colleagues that are equally important. Private practitioners of human and veterinary medicine continue to be largely unaware of One Health and not participatory to any noticeable extent. They have therefore not expressed their powerful voice on the issue. The knowledgeable clinical health/academic communities of veterinary medicine and medicine have not, to date, acknowledged that many of their visionary “other” colleagues are a crucial part of the One Health big picture. Limited input has evolved from environmental health and plant health experts. Most are unaware of and/or do not grasp the significance of including plant health. To name a small number (there are more throughout the world!) of these unheralded “other” One Health heroes in the U.S.: Jedd Wolchok, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave (Z-1462) New York, NY 10021 firstname.lastname@example.org Philip J. Bergman, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomate ACVIM, Oncology Chief Medical Officer BrightHeart Veterinary Centers 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 110 Armonk, NY 10504 (USA) email@example.com Robert D. Cardiff, MD, PhD Center for Comparative Medicine University of California, Davis County Road 98 and Hutchison Drive Davis CA 95616 (USA) firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Thamm, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology) Colorado State University Assistant Professor College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Clinical Sciences Fort Collins, CO 80523 Steven Dow, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM Colorado State University Associate Professor College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Pathology Fort Collins, CO 80523 Steven.Dow@ColoState.edu James (Jimi) L. Cook, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS William C. Allen Endowed Scholar for Orthopaedic Research Director, Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory University of Missouri 900 East Campus Drive Columbia, MO 65211 email@example.com Thomas P. Monath, MD, Partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Pandemic & Biodefense Fund 21 Finn Road Harvard MA 01451 firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Conti, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, CEHP Director, Division of Environmental Health Florida State Health Department Tallahassee, FL (USA) Lisa_Conti@doh.state.fl.us David R. Franz, DVM, PhD V.P. & Chief Biological Scientist Midwest Research Institute Director, NABC Kansas State University 365 W. Patrick Street, Suite 223 Frederick, MD 21701 email@example.com Jacqueline Fletcher, PhD Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078 Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions of One Health opinions (letters of commentary) for publication consideration are encouraged and welcomed.