Thomas Martin has been named director of Columbia's Institute of Comparative Medicine, effective June 1. In addition, he will serve as professor of clinical pathology and associate vice president for research, reporting directly to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research.
His appointment follows the retirement of Dennis Kohn, who provided leadership and dedicated service during his 18 years at Columbia.
Martin comes to Columbia from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has been the director of the Division of Comparative Medicine and Laboratory Facilities, the director of the Veterinary Resident Training Program in Comparative Medicine, and research professor in the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources at The Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Gerald Fischbach, dean of the faculty of medicine and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences, and David Hirsh, executive vice president for research, said, "We, along with President Bollinger, welcome Dr. Martin to Columbia and enthusiastically endorse the deep understanding he will bring of the resources necessary to run a large organization focusing on research within laboratory animal medicine. Through Dr. Martin's experience and expertise, we can look forward to Columbia maintaining the highest standards in animal care and applying critical scholarship and deep sensitivities to the issues facing research in the life sciences."
Martin received a Bachelor of Veterinary Science BVSc (DVM) in 1971, a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology in 1986, the Diploma of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology in 1993 and an MBA in 1992 at the University of Sydney. Martin is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM). He also is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the Medicine and Management of Laboratory Animals (MACVSc), and currently serves as co-chair on the National Task Force on Pain Management for Laboratory Animals, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.