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April 15, 2020

Commissioned Corps honors veterinarians who protected public health

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The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps honored three veterinarians for work to protect and improve human and animal health.

Capt. Mainzer
Capt. Hugh Mainzer
Capt. Thomas III
Capt. Tom Thomas III
Lt. Campbell
Lt. Stefanie Campbell

Capt. Hugh Mainzer received the 2019 USPHS Veterinary Responder of the Year Award for public health work in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. He led the Public and Environmental Health Systems Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services Joint Recovery Office in Puerto Rico, where the department deployed him for a month to work with federal partners, local agencies, and private companies to make the needed plans for recovery.

Capt. Tom Thomas III, chief surgery service and facility veterinarian for the National Institutes of Health, received the 2019 James H. Steele One Health Outstanding USPHS Veterinary Career Award for 24 years of service through the USPHS and NIH. The Commissioned Corps honored him for his collaboration with fellow USPHS officers and for deployments during Hurricane Katrina and other events with public health concerns. He also served nine years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and worked in private practice.

Lt. Stefanie Campbell received the 2019 Junior USPHS Veterinary Officer of the Year Award and the USPHS Junior Officer of the Year Award, which is given by the U.S. Surgeon General. As an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Vector-borne Diseases, Dr. Campbell led an investigation into an outbreak of tick-borne relapsing fever, conducted complex analyses of plague infections in the U.S., and provided expertise on vector-borne diseases that are zoonotic, bacterial, or both.

The USPHS gave the veterinary officer awards in September, and Dr. Campbell received her subsequent award from the Surgeon General in December.