ATLANTA (JULY 23, 2018) – The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) has selected Dr. Gregory Bossart, senior vice president and chief veterinary officer at Georgia Aquarium, as the recipient of the 2019 William Medway Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Medway Award is given to aquatic medicine professionals who, in the last 10 years, have made significant contributions to teaching aquatic sciences. Areas of teaching include clinical education, clinical scientific research, conservation, and management of wild or captive aquatic species. Named after founding IAAAM member, Dr. William Medway, the inaugural presentation of the award was in 1999. From 1958-1988 Medway taught clinical pathology and zoological medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine and pioneered marine mammal medicine.  

“Dr. Medway was my mentor in marine mammal medicine and clinical pathology while I was a student at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Following my education he continued to be a colleague and a friend,” said Dr. Gregory Bossart. “Receiving an award designated in his honor is especially significant for me and I am honored to be selected by the IAAAM.”

The current president of IAAAM, Dr. Michael Renner, notified Dr. Bossart of the award.  “The proposal to offer the William Medway award to Dr. Bossart was introduced by several IAAAM members, and immediately approved by unanimous decision of the IAAAM executive board, of which I am president,” said Dr. Renner. “There was no mistaking how deserving Dr. Bossart is of such an award.  It was a special honor for me to be the one to officially notify him because, just like Dr. Medway was for him, Dr. Bossart has been a teacher, mentor, and friend to me. I would not be a marine mammal veterinarian today, and certainly not president of IAAAM, if not for his support, especially early in my career.  Appropriately, the cycle of mentor-student-mentor continues.”

In his role as senior vice president and chief veterinary officer at Georgia Aquarium, Dr. Bossart oversees the organization’s animal health and research and conservation efforts.  In the last 30 years, he has worked in clinical domestic, marine mammal and avian medicine and wildlife pathology on a national and international basis. Dr. Bossart has over 170 peer-reviewed scientific publications focused primarily on the pathologic basis of disease in wild animals. 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. Dr. Bossart received 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.

IAAAM is an organization of individuals who are professionally interested in and devote a significant amount of time to the practice of aquatic animal medicine, teaching, and research in aquatic animal medicine, or the husbandry and management of aquatic animals.

The award presentation will take place at the 50th Annual IAAAM conference in Durban, South Africa in May of 2019. 

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