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Dean leads research efforts in infectious diseases program

Dr. Lonnie King

Lonnie J. King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair of Veterinary Medicine, recently accepted the appointment to be the lead dean for the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program at The Ohio State University. This organization continues to be an example of the future of research, serving to showcase interdisciplinary programs across six collaborating colleges within Ohio State, with more than 150 faculty working together on common themes in infectious disease. This program was funded in part by a 2005 initiative called Targeted Investments in Excellence (TIE), which sought to support outstanding interdisciplinary programs that showcase the unique research excellence of Ohio State. The PHPID continues to shine as one of the best programs supported through that initiative.

"The PHPID brings together researchers in human, animal and environmental fields to build an understanding of the interdependence that exemplifies the "One Health" model," said Dr. King. "I look forward to building on the strong foundation of this program."

Dr. King joined the College of Veterinary Medicine as dean on September 1, 2009. An alumnus from the class of 1970, Dr. King was previously at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he headed the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED). He served as dean for 10 years at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and spent 19 years as the administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as the country's chief veterinary officer for five years, and worked extensively in global trade agreements within NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.

Programs currently underway in the PHPID range from studies of wild bird populations and the spread of avian influenza to a recently funded study of livestock diseases in the Chad Basin in Cameroon. Nearly 150 faculty members across Ohio State focus on preventing, detecting and responding to infectious diseases. Ohio State's Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) research initiative coordinates this effort. The primary areas of activity for PHPID include translating scientific discoveries into real-world applications, detecting emerging infectious diseases, preventing human infection from animals, addressing food safety issues, and training professionals to lead the next generation. More information about the PHPID can be found at

Posted: 11/16/20


About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.   


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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:52pm