Joann M. Lindenmayer DVM, MPH

Dr. Lindenmayer’s professional career has played out at many intersections - human and animal health, public health and animal population health, academic and applied public health, and in domestic and international arenas. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo she taught science to teachers-in-training. As a veterinary medical student extern in Niger she joined a team that supplemented vitamin A to cattle in an effort to improve the milk upon which nomadic herders relied. She is one of only a few hundred veterinarians to have completed the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship. As a Tisch College Fellow and member of a team that received support for “One Health: Interdisciplinary approaches so the Health of People, Animals and the Environment,” an inaugural University Seminar, her work focused on integrating veterinarians into the public health system. Her work for a Rockefeller Foundation-funded grant on assessing the needs for advanced education in Veterinary Public Health in Indonesia has been incorporated into the largest grant to have ever been awarded to Tufts University, USAID’s RESPOND project, which will train multidisciplinary groups of health professionals in global emerging disease hot spots to investigate and respond to early pandemic threats from wildlife and domestic animals. She is the Director of the DVM-MPH track at Tufts Medical School and immediate past chair of the Public Health Committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. As the Cummings School representative of the Tisch-Schweitzer Fellows Program, Dr. Lindenmayer has sought to reinvigorate Dr. Schweitzer’s belief that ‘we need a boundless ethics, one that includes the animals also.” This belief forms the basis for her interest in exploring the role that animals play in maintaining and restoring human resilience. Her research interests include the development and use of animal sentinels for human disease, the integration of human and animal surveillance, and identifying and overcoming barriers to veterinarian participation in public health systems.