Dr. Greg Bossart, V.M.D, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Veterinary Officer

Dr. Gregory Bossart has spent the last 30 years working in clinical domestic, marine mammal and avian medicine and wildlife pathology on a national and international basis. He has over 170 peer-reviewed scientific publications focused primarily on the pathologic basis of disease in wild animals. His undergraduate degrees in biology and physical geography are from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a comparative pathology resident and National Institutes of Health fellow in the Department of Pathology at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. In 1995 he completed his Ph.D. in immunology at Florida International University. Dr. Bossart is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Hon.) and a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health). He has been in private veterinary practice and is a clinical veterinary consultant at facilities in the US, Latin America and Asia.

Presently, he is Senior Vice President and Chief Veterinary Officer at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia where he oversees the animal care, research and conservation programs. He is a Voluntary Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and on the graduate faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. His recent published research has documented re-surging and emerging diseases in manatees, whales, dolphins, and birds. He has helped characterize the first viral disease in manatees and was responsible for developing the first immunohistochemical technique for diagnosing brevetoxicosis (red tide poisoning) in marine mammals and birds. He is particularly interested in the application of aquatic species as sentinels for the effects of global climate change, ecosystem and human health.

Dr. Bossart was awarded the Dean’s Clinical Research Award for his work at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, the Distinguished Alumni Torch Award from Florida International University and the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He has had collaborative research projects with the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, Florida Wildlife Research Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Office of Naval Research. Examples of his research can be found in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Pathology, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Veterinary Record, Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, Toxicologic Pathology, Marine Mammal Science, Experimental and Molecular Pathology, Aquatic Mammals, Florida Scientist, Journal of Raptor Research, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, Oceanography, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Parasitology, Aquatic Toxicology, Veterinary Microbiology, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms and Nature.

Greg in the Field

  • Georgia Aquarium's Correll Center Animal Nursery
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