Glickman, Lawrence T.            Professor of Epidemiology & Environmental Medicine


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Glickman is currently on the faculty of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  In addition to a degree in veterinary medicine, he holds a doctoral degree in public health and a master’s degree in physiology.  He is board certified by the American College of Epidemiology and is a recognized expert in environmental medicine.  He served as Chairman of a committee appointed by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences that authored a monograph titled “Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Health Hazards”.  This publication explains the rationale and methods for using systematically collected animal health data for detection of environmental hazards for humans.  He has published approximately 250 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs related to epidemiological research and disease surveillance in both human and animal populations (i.e., comparative epidemiology).  The goal of this research has been to better understand the complex interactions that occur between humans and animals and the health consequences of the human-animal bond.  Dr. Glickman has been the recipient of many grants and contracts from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as from private foundations and industry.  He has been recognized for his contributions to human and animal health with such honors as the Award of Recognition in Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine in 1988 from the Teachers of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Public Health, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 1997, an award from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 1999 for being one of the top contributors to public health in the past 50 years, and an Alumni Award of Merit in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine for advancing animal health.  He has trained more than 20 PhD students in epidemiology and currently chairs the Section of Clinical Epidemiology at Purdue University. Dr. Glickman recently completed the largest prospective health study ever conducted utilizing companion animals, involving nearly 2000 pet dogs, originating from 33 states and two countries, that were followed for up to five years.  His current research includes development of surveillance methods utilizing computerized animal health data to detect biological, chemical, and physical environmental hazards, particularly those resulting from acts of terrorism.  He is also interested in the possible long-term adverse health effects of repeated immunizations in children and companion animals.


Education                                                                    Degree   Year                Area

State University of New York, Binghamton                  B.A.        1964         Biology

State University of New York, Binghamton                  M.A.       1966         Physiology

University of Pennsylvania                                         V.M.D.   1972         Vet. Med.

University of Pittsburgh                                             M.P.H.    1974         Epidemiology

University of Pittsburgh                                             Dr.P.H.    1977     Epidemiology


Professional Experience

1977-1980       Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Head, Division of Epidemiology, Diagnostic Laboratory, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

1980-1988       Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Chief, Section of Epidemiology and Public Health, Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

1988-present    Professor of Epidemiology and environmental Medicine, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine


Certification:  Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, 1982


Awards, Honors, and Membership in Honorary Societies

·Borden Award for highest academic average in veterinary school, 1972

·Phi Zeta Award for contributions to the field of veterinary medicine, 1972

·Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award, 1983

·Veterinary Student Government Award for Excellence in Teaching, Univ. Pennsylvania, 1987

·Award of Recognition in Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Teachers of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 1988

·Delta Omega Society, for outstanding attainment in public health, 1989

·Merck Sharpe & Dohme AGVET Award for Creativity in Veterinary Education, 1991

·Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, 1997

·2002 Alumni Award of Merit, Univ. of Pennsylvania Veterinary School


Original Papers  (Selected from 230 published articles)

· Patronek, G., Glickman, L.:  Development of a model for estimating the size and dynamics of the pet dog population.  Anthrozoos  7:25-42, 1994.

· Glickman, L.:  Sentinels for environmental carcinogens, Comp. Pathol. Bull. 26:1-2, 1994.

· Patronek, G., Glickman, L.:  The epidemiological approach to risk management.  Vet. Forum, August: 66-67, 1994.

·Torrence, M., Beck, A., Glickman, L., Perez, C., Samuels, M:  Raccoon rabies in the mid-Atlantic (epidemic) and southeastern (endemic) United States, 1970-1986:  An evaluation of reporting methods,  J. Vet. Prev. Med., 22:197-212, 1995.

· Johnson, R., Glickman, L., Emerick, T, Patronek, G:  Distemper in pet dogs. I.  Surveillence in Indiana during a suspected outbreak.  J. Amer. Anim. Hosp. Assoc. 31:223-229, 1995.

· Patronek, G., Glickman, L., Johnson, R., Emerick, T:  Distemper in pet dogs. II.  A case-control study of risk factors during a suspected outbreak in Indiana.  J. Amer. Anim. Hosp. Assoc. 31:230-235, 1995.

· Glickman, L.T.:  Veterinary sentinel health events for the identification of human environmental health hazards, In: Spontaneous animal tumors: a survey, Rossi, L., Richardson, R., Harshbarger, J. (Eds.), Proc. First World Conference on Spontaneous Animal Tumors, Genoa Italy, 1995, pp. 25-31.

· Patronek, G., Waters, D., Glickman, L.: Comparative longevity in dogs and humans: implications for gerontology research, J. Gerontol. Biol. Sci., 52;171-178, 1997.

· Patronek, G., Beck, A., Glickman, L.:  Dynamics of dog and cat populations in a community, J. Amer. Vet. Med. Assoc., 210:637-642, 1997.

· Ru, G., Terracini, B., Glickman, L.:  Host-related risk factors for canine osteosarcoma, Vet. J. 156:31-39, 1998.

· Glickman, L.:  Weighing the risks and benefits of vaccination, Adv. Vet. Sci. Comp. Med., 41:701-713, 1999.

· Kelsey, J., Moore, A., Glickman, L.: Epidemiology of risk factors for cancer in pet dogs, Epidemiol. Rev., 20:204-217, 1999.

· Glickman, L., Glickman, n., et al.: Incidence and breed-related risk factors for gastric dilatation-volvulus in dogs: the Purdue University five-year prospective study, J. Amer. Vet. Med. Assoc. 216:40-45, 2000.

·  Heath, S., Kass, P., Beck, A., Glickman, L.:  Human and pet-related risk factors for household evacuation failure during a natural disaster. Amer. J. Epidemiol. 153:659-665, 2001.

·  Heath, S., Voeks, S., Glickman, L:  Epidemiologic features of pet evacuation failure in a rapid onset disaster.  J. Amer. Vet. Med. Assoc., 218:1898-1904, 2001.

·  Heath, S., Beck, A., Kass, P., Glickman, L.:  Risk factors for pet evacuation failure after a slow-onset disaster. J. Amer. Vet Med. Assoc., 218:1905-1910.

·  Heath, S., Voeks, S., Glickman, L.:  A study of pet resucues in two disasters. J.Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 18:361-381, 2000.

·   Ward, M., Glickman, L., Guptill, L.:  Resurgence of canine leptospirosis in the United States and Canada,  J. Amer. Vet. Med. Assoc., 220:53-58, 2002



·  Glickman, L. et al.:  Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Health Hazards, National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1991, 160 pp.

· Johnson, L., Harris, K., Glickman, L.:  Scientific Response to Environmental Disasters: Resources for Disasters Impacting Animals, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Monograph, Washington, D.C., 1995, 106 pp.


Research Interests

Epidemiology, public health, disease surveillance, preventive medicine, environmental hazards, risk assessment