Diane Brown


Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP, is the Chief Executive Officer of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Dr. Brown oversees operations and scientific programs, cultivating the Foundation’s research and education strategy in collaboration with its board of directors, scientific review committee, external collaborators, principal investigators and staff to ensure strategic, responsible, and innovative application of donor funds to uphold the organizational mission to advance the health and well-being of all dogs and their people (www.akcchf.org). As a scientist, veterinarian, and life-long dog lover, Dr. Brown’s experience and interest in comparative and translational medicine, and veterinary practice and clinical pathology drew her to the Foundation.

Dr. Brown is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist who holds a DVM and PhD in pathology from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. As an independent investigator and comparative pathologist, Dr. Brown has served as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School and as director of the Comparative Clinical Pathology Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was formerly a consulting pathologist at the University of Colorado, and previously served as the Chief Scientific Officer for Morris Animal Foundation. Dr. Brown currently holds an affiliate faculty position in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has held prior affiliate faculty appointments in the veterinary schools at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University and Purdue University.

Dr. Brown was formerly senior pathologist for Eli Lilly and Company, and has served as a board member and volunteer veterinarian for service dogs. She began her veterinary career as a small animal practitioner prior to beginning her residency and PhD program, and completed an NIH Fellowship in the study of genetic diseases shared by human and veterinary patients. She enjoys teaching and also providing mentorship to students interested in pursuing training and careers in biomedical and veterinary science, and believes in the importance of training the next generation of scientists and veterinarians to advance the health of animals.

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