Appointed Provost and Senior Vice President, ad interim in April 2018, Deborah T. Kochevar is an accomplished educator and scholar committed to clinical and translational science and research, innovation in learning and teaching, and inter-professional aspects of global health education. In her role as interim provost, Dr. Kochevar engages faculty, staff, students and alumni to address quality and sustainability of undergraduate and graduate education and to advance research and scholarship priorities across the institution. She is a champion for diversity, inclusion and internationalism and the need to develop effective and respectful communication among groups and individuals.
As the former dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor for 12 years at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Dr. Kochevar has fostered connections across the Tufts campuses in Medford, Boston and Grafton. With strengths in multiple health sciences and a commitment to interdisciplinarity and active citizenship, she feels Tufts is particularly well-positioned to address the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment locally and globally.
Member, Board of Directors, One Health Central and Eastern Africa. Secretariat, Kampala, Uganda. An organization of veterinary, medical and public health schools committed to using a One Health platform to stem emerging pandemic threats in the hot zones of the world. (2015 – present)
Chair, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) One Health Alliance (COHA). National institutional alliance of veterinary medical and medical school partners with active NIH CTSA funding. (2014 – present)
Member (1999 – 2005), Chair (2003 - 2005), Council on Education, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Continued service (2005 – 2018) as accreditation site team chair for national and international visits.
Chair, Task Force for International Engagement. Creation of the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education, a global council under the auspices of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. (2016)
Secretary, President-Elect, President, Past-President, Member, Board of Directors, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. (2009 – 2014)
President-Elect, President, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. (2005 – 2007)
Member, Food and Drug Administration Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee. (2000 – 2003)
Member and Chair (2004 - 2005), Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, American Veterinary Medical Association. (1999 – 2005)
Editorial board member, American Journal of Veterinary Research. (1992 – 1998)
USAID – USAID-OAA-A-15-00014, US Agency for International Development Tzipori (Tufts subaward PI) — 11/2014-11/2019 Emerging Pandemic Threats One Health Work Force A project to mitigate the impact of emerging pandemic zoonotic threats with the goal of enabling early detection and response to disease threats through application of One Health principles and educational programs. One Health networks established in Central and Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia are critical partners in this effort. Role: Key Personnel
NSF 1618919, National Science Foundation, Epstein, J. (PI) — 08/2016-08/2021 RCN: EcoHealth Net 2.0: A One Health Approach to Disease Ecology Research and Education Research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science and economics, are brought together to form a new global research coordination network that advances One Health research and education through undergraduate and graduate workshops, mentored research and linkage of selected professional science, and policy associations around the theme of One Health. Role: Key Personnel