Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou is the Executive Director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and oversees the development and implementation of policies and programs to support, improve, and strengthen veterinary medical education and research. She also serves as diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Prior to joining the AAVMC, she served as a Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota, holding a joint appointment with the College of Veterinary Medicine. There she served as the Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIADID)-funded Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Cooperative Research Center for Influenza at the Human Animal Interface.
Her former roles and responsibilities include Associate Director for Science and Policy in the then CDC Office of Global Health, coordinating the CDC’s research and programs in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Pappaioanou was also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association- American Medical Association (AVMA-AMA) One Health task force and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine, National Research Council Committee on Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response for Emerging Zoonotic Diseases.
She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of California-Davis in 1976 and 1982, respectively. For more than 20 years, Dr. Pappaioanou conducted applied research in malaria prevention and control in Africa; designed and led the implementation of the family of HIV seroprevalence and surveillance programs; directed a capacity building project to strengthen skills of health officials in developing countries to use data for program and policy decision making more effectively; and led a research synthesis unit supporting the development of the U. S. Guide to Community Preventive Services: Systematic Reviews and Evidence-Based Recommendations.
Throughout her career, Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou has remained committed to promoting linkages between veterinary medicine and human health. She has more than 25 years of experience working in domestic and international human public health as an epidemiologist.