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South Florida: Dr. Danielle Stanek Named the 2019 Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health

On April 3, Dr. Danielle Stanek joined a group of professionals as the 2019 Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health in a ceremony at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

Initiated by USF in 1988, nominations are solicited from public health practitioners across the state. The COPH bestows the award each year to a woman whose career accomplishments and leadership contribute significantly to the field of public health in Florida.

“People who wrote in support of her nomination all spoke of her approachability, availability around the clock, her incredible work ethic and her commitment to the health and safety of the public,” said Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the COPH and a senior associate vice president of USF Health. “I present to you a truly great public health hero.”

With more than 30 years of working with zoonotic diseases and veterinary medicine, Dr. Stanek currently serves as the state public health veterinarian within the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

Dr. Stanek earned a bachelor of science in microbiology from University of Florida (UF) and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from UF College of Veterinary Medicine. She has experience with mixed and small animal veterinary practices, human and veterinary diagnostics at Organon Teknika, Washington State and Cornell Universities, and avian wildlife disease investigations in Florida.

Previously, her work with agents having negative impacts on both animals and people led her to a position as medical epidemiologist with the Zoonotic and Vectorborne Disease Program at the FDOH, where she worked with endemic and emerging zoonotic disease issues ranging from rabies, brucellosis and novel influenzas to dengue, babesiosis and chikungunya.

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