Andrew Hoffman: New Dean of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine

caption: Andrew HoffmanAndrew Hoffman will be the next Gilbert S. Kahn Dean at Penn Veterinary Medicine, effective August 1, 2018.  The announcement  was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. The selection follows a global search. Dr. Hoffman, who has served as director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine since 2012, is an acclaimed researcher, clinician, teacher and mentor. His career exemplifies the enormous potential of an integrated One Health approach to biomedicine: uniting clinicians and scientists from multiple professions and perspectives to increase knowledge and drive improvements in global public health, human and animal well-being, and environmental sustainability and resilience.

At Tufts, Dr. Hoffman contributed to all areas of veterinary research, teaching and clinical care. His leadership of regenerative medicine and stem cell research programs resulted in important contributions to both animal and human health, demonstrating the profoundly positive impact of veterinary research. He helped build and lead the first outpatient pulmonary function testing laboratory for equine and canine patients in the world, which provided world-class care for animal patients while also making important contributions in developing animal models of human pulmonary disease. The ongoing revolution in the treatment of severe human emphysema—increasing length and quality of life for patients and decreasing the morbidity and mortality of lung volume reduction treatment—traces in part to the work of Dr. Hoffman and his colleagues. Dr. Hoffman has regularly mentored faculty with an interest in clinical translational research and helped colleagues fully appreciate the career options available to them thanks to the versatile skills provided by a veterinary education.

From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Hoffman served as director of the Stem Cell Laboratory at Tufts. He has led the Tufts Lung Function Laboratory for more than 20 years and also served for five years as director of the Tufts Equine Sports Medicine Program. He has significant clinical experience in large animal (dairy-equine) practice and caring for and investigating animals as diverse as dogs, cats, horses, sheep, camelids, rodents, dolphins and wildlife. He has led and served on numerous school- and university-wide committees, including chairing the Cummings School’s Admissions Committee and the Tufts Retiree Health Benefits Committee of the Faculty Senate.

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, past president of the Veterinary Comparative Research Society and a member of the International Society of Stem Cell Research, Dr. Hoffman has received continuous funding from the NIH for nearly 20 years. He has authored more than 100 publications, including many in leading scientific and clinical journals. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors in biology from the University of Delaware, received his veterinary degree from Cornell and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Science from the University of Guelph (Canada).

Dr. Hoffman will be the  successor to Joan Hendricks, who is stepping down after serving as dean since 2006. She is extending her term one month–until July 31–to help ensure a smooth decanal transition. “We profoundly appreciate Joan’s superb service to Penn Vet and to Penn.  Joan was one of the first women to become dean of a veterinary school in the U.S. and has served on the Penn faculty for more than 30 years, where she garnered international acclaim for her work,” said President Gutmann.