from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and followed that with subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the University Medical Center/Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. He completed his 2-year EIS fellowship with the New York State Department of Health (Albany, New York) in its Bureau of Communicable Disease Control.
Joseph Annelli, D.V.M., M.S., is currently the Senior Advisor for Agriculture and Health Systems, or “One Health Coordinator” for short, located in the Office of the Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services (VS) at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he leads their One Health Coordination Office and assists VS and USDA in implementing the One Health principles of applying an interdisciplinary approach and joint strategies to resolve issues at the human-animal-ecosystem interface to improve both human and animal health. The core of Dr. Anelli’s work involves providing senior level leadership and coordination for USDA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and VS’s One Health Working Groups. These working groups are responsible for coordinating strategic policy, plans and actions for all USDA agencies and offices as they relate to the interrelationships of the human-animal-ecosystem interface and its impact on agriculture and public health. Prior to this, Dr. Annelli was Director of Emergency Programs for VS when he and his staff activated National Disaster Medical System resources to assist in an avian influenza outbreak in Virginia and deployed 350 veterinarians to the United Kingdom to assist with a major foot and mouth disease outbreak. He was also instrumental in rewriting ESF-11 of the National Response Plan to include care of pets in disasters. At the beginning of the global concerns for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza and the possibility of an emerging pandemic, Dr. Annelli was detailed to the Office of the Secretary as liaison to the White House Homeland Security Council on Avian Influenza issues for USDA, and also served as Director of the International Avian Influenza Coordination Center before returning to VS in his current position. He was ideally positioned to continue in this role through the 2009-H1N1 influenza pandemic, building upon the networks and partnerships developed through the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza and the response to highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. Dr. Annelli attended veterinary school at Araneta University in the Philippines and completed his studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and received his second master’s degree in