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5th Zoonotic Diseases Symposium
September 5-7, 2014

Noha Abou-Madi, DVM, MSc, DACZM
Dr. Abou-Madi received her DVM degree from the University of Montreal in 1984, and her Master of Sciences degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 1986. In 1986, she began a three-year Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. The third year of this residency was a combined program in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Training in Zoological and Wildlife Medicine. After completion of the program, Dr. Abou-Madi stayed at the University of Florida for a second residency in Zoological and Wildlife Medicine, which she completed in 1991. In 2004, she received board certification from the American College of Zoological Medicine. Dr. Abou-Madi is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Section of Zoological Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research and clinical interests are in anesthesia and elephant medicine.
Joy Bennett, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Dr. Joy Bennett is a veterinarian with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry. She received her DVM degree from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After working in private practice for several years, she became a Veterinary Medical Officer with the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service. In 2009, she received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University at Albany, State University of New York and is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. For the past ten years, she has managed both cattle and poultry health programs at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. One of her principal responsibilities is managing the program for avian influenza control in the New York live bird marketing system.
Paul Curtis, MS, PhD
Dr. Curtis is Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from West Virginia University in 1978, his Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1981, and his Doctoral Degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 1990.
Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHSc, CCMEP
From Dr. Hodgson: I am a veterinarian and graduated from Cornell University with a DVM in 1992. I practiced mixed animal medicine and then companion animal medicine for 10 years. (I describe companion animal medicine to my human health care provider colleagues as a mixture of the complexity of geriatric medicine in a pediatric non-speaking patient.) I received my MHSc in Family and Community Medicine from the University of Toronto in 2005- with a focus on continuing medical education. In May, 2008 I passed the National Commission’s international exam and became a Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional (CCMEP). I now work in both veterinary and human Medical Education. I am a Medical Education Consultant for the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and teach in programs for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. I work for Community Veterinary Outreach program bringing veterinary preventive health care to underserved populations and creating bridges for public health. I speak and publish internationally on One Health topics.
Jarra Jagne, DVM, DACPV
Jarra Jagne is a veterinarian with over 21 years of experience in poultry disease management and control. Dr. Jagne is a Senior Extension Associate with Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Lab. She translates and interprets poultry test data for veterinary practitioners and poultry producers as well as providing on farm technical assistance to commercial poultry producers and small poultry farm owners. She has also worked for Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), a consulting firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the Senior Veterinary Advisor for STOP Avian Influenza (AI), a project administered by DAI and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has co-authored several manuals on Poultry Farm Biosecurity and Disease Outbreak Response as part of the STOP AI project. Before joining the STOP AI project, she worked for a year as a Veterinary Diagnostician with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. She worked for seven years in the commercial poultry sector in the United States as a Technical Services Manager for ISA Babcock, a large poultry genetics company. She has worked in many countries in Africa, South East and Central Asia, Mexico and the Caribbean. Dr. Jagne holds a DVM from Cornell University and a BSc in Biology from Colorado State University. She completed a two-year residency in Avian Diseases and Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.
Alexander Ciota, MS, PhD
Alexander Ciota, MS, PhD: Dr. Ciota received his MS from Tufts University in 2001 and his PhD from SUNY Albany in 2012. He is currently Deputy Director of the Arbovirus Laboratory, which is part of the Wadsworth Center, NYS Dept. of Health. The Arbovirus Laboratory is comprised of multiple, state-of-the-art labs designed to carry out surveillance and research of arboviruses, focusing on West Nile virus. Dr. Ciota joined the lab in 2004, and over the last decade has carried out a range of research projects in the areas of virus evolution and adaptation, vector biology and ecology, and host-virus interactions. These studies have resulted in over 20 publications in the last 6 years that have significantly advanced our understanding of arbovirology.
Alice Lee, DVM
Dr. Lee received her DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006 and briefly entered small animal practice before deciding on a career in parasitology. As a research fellow, she worked on developing alternatives to necropsy for evaluating the efficacy of canine anthelmintics. She is currently a graduate student at Cornell University and is the Novartis Clinical Resident in Veterinary Parasitology, supported through the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology. Her thesis work focuses on the host immune response to repeat infection with Toxocara canis and how this dynamic is altered in the face of concurrent infection. Dr. Lee helps teach parasitology to veterinary and undergraduate students at Cornell University, and also gives continuing education talks to general practitioners. She plans to remain in academia upon completion of her PhD to train future veterinarians and find better ways to diagnose and prevent parasitic disease in animals.
Craig Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Dr. Lewis received a DVM in 2006 from Cornell University and worked in a mixed animal private practice in rural Missouri. After completing an MPH and Residency in Food Animal Production Medicine in 2010, Dr. Lewis obtained board certification in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2011. He worked as an independent consultant providing data analysis services to veterinary researchers and in 2012 joined the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Dr. Lewis is currently working in CVM Office of the Center Director assisting the Deputy Director for Science Policy on issues related to antimicrobial resistance.
Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasitology
Dr. Susan Little is Regents Professor of Parasitology and the Krull-Ewing Endowed Chair in Veterinary Parasitology at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, where she is active in veterinary parasitology teaching and oversees a research program that focuses on zoonotic parasites and tick-borne diseases. She earned her BS from Cornell University, a DVM from Virginia Tech, a PhD in veterinary parasitology from the University of Georgia, and is board certified in veterinary parasitology through the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. She is a past-president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, co-directs of the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology, and is President-elect of the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Dr. Little has authored more than 100 publications on veterinary and human parasites and tick-borne disease agents. She is also recognized as an outstanding teacher and has been awarded two Excellence in Teaching Awards from the national Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA).
Steve Osofsky, DVM
Steve Osofsky, DVM, joined the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Field Veterinary Program in December 2002 as the Society's first Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife Health, subsequently becoming Director, Wildlife Health Policy. In 2013, he became the Executive Director for Wildlife Health & Health Policy, overseeing all of the WCS Global Conservation Program's work in the health realm. Previously, Steve served as WWF's Director, Field Support for species programs in Asia and Africa. In the early 1990s, he was the first Wildlife Veterinary Officer for the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Dr. Osofsky has also worked in the zoological community and was Director of Animal Health Services at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas for several years. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy Fellow, he served as a Biodiversity Program Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused on ground-truthing integrated conservation and development projects, providing technical advice on wildlife management, and on working with the USFWS on the Rhino-Tiger and African Elephant Grants Programs as well as on CITES policy.

Steve's earliest fieldwork was as a Harvard University Traveling Fellow in Africa in the mid-1980s, and it was this experience, observing wildlife species in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda while examining conservation challenges from the perspectives of local people, NGOs, and governments, that convinced him to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. Steve has more than 30 scientific publications to his name, including the edited volume Conservation and Development Interventions at the Wildlife/Livestock Interface: Implications for Wildlife, Livestock and Human Health. Dr. Osofsky received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University, and completed a small animal medical/surgical internship at Virginia Tech. Dr. Osofsky developed the Animal & Human Health for the Environment And Development (AHEAD) Program (, one of the foundational components of the WCS 'One World, One Health' initiative. He has also recently launched a new global program called Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL): Dr. Osofsky is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ilana Schafer, DVM, MSPH
Dr. Schafer is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and Lieutenant of the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 2004, a DVM from Cornell University in 2008, and a Master of Science in Public Health with an emphasis on microbiology and emerging infectious diseases from George Washington University in 2012.
Martin Wiedmann, Dr. med. vet, Ph.D.
Martin received a veterinary degree and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in 1992 and 1994, and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell in 1997. He currently is a Professor at Cornell and also serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the Field of Food Science and Technology at Cornell. His research interests focus on farm-to-table food safety and the molecular biology and transmission of foodborne and zoonotic pathogens with a focus on Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella. Martin has published more than 230 peer-reviewed publications and has given more than 150 invited presentations. He was a member of the Listeria Outbreak Working Group, which was honored by a USDA Secretary’s Award for Superior Service in 2000. He also received the Young Scholars award from the American Dairy Science Association in 2002, the Samuel Cate Prescott Award from Institute of Food Technologists’ in 2003, the International Life Science Institute North America Future Leaders Award in 2004, and the American Meat Institute Foundation Scientific Achievement Award in 2011. He is a fellow of the Institute of Technologists (IFT) and a member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.