Dr. Colin Basler DVM, MPH (Tufts 2012) and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Neil Vora MD received the 2016 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May at the 65th annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference. The annual award is named for the first chief of the CDC’s Veterinary Public Health Division, and it is given to current or recent EIS officers for outstanding contributions to veterinary public health and One Health.
Dr. Colin Basler was honored for his outstanding contributions, both domestically and internationally, for the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases including foodborne and zoonotic bacteria, Ebola virus, and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERs-CoV). Dr. Basler currently serves as a Veterinary Medical Officer in CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch.
Dr. Neil Vora, a LCDR in the U.S. Public Health Service, was honored for his outstanding contributions, both domestically and internationally, for the prevention and control of rabies, orthopoxviruses, and Ebola virus. Dr. Vora currently serves as a CDC Career Epidemiology Field officer with the New York City Department of Health.