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UTHealth Faculty Member Gets Cummings Award from National Academies of Practice

Dr. John R. Herbold was named the Nicholas A. Cummings Award winner by the National Academies of Practice (NAP) during the banquet ceremony at the NAP 2016 Annual Meeting and Forum. The ceremony was held in Baltimore, Maryland on April 9.. NAP President Dr. Satya Verma presented Dr. Herbold with this prestigious award in absentia.


[Photo: Dr. John R. Herbold]

Dr. Herbold is an associate professor of epidemiology at University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio. He was inducted as a distinguished practitioner and fellow into the National Academies of Practice in 2007. About that, he says, “When I was first inducted into the National Academies of Practice, I was surprised that everyone in the health disciplines didn’t think from a one-health, multi-species perspective.” Herbold considers himself an “advocate for one-health.”

This award is presented to a member of NAP who has demonstrated outstanding or extraordinary contributions to interprofessional health care.

“It has been my privilege to work alongside many NAP members, council representatives, and executive boards as we, together, forged a closer relationship with the work of the IOM (Institute of Medicine), started a new electronic journal, and expanded our health professions family,” said Dr. Herbold in his acceptance speech. “My hope for the future is that the 14 professions represented by the National Academies of Practice will continue the ongoing dialogue on interprofessionalism as a standard of practice and a standard for health professions education. I believe we all can benefit from more (not less) inter-specialty, inter-discipline, inter-health profession, inter-academic, and inter-cultural dialogue. Certainly our patients, whether human, animal, and/or the community will benefit.”

Dr. Herbold earned a PhD from Ohio State University College of Public Health; an MPH from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health; and a DVM and a BS from Texas A&M University. He practiced in a veterinary clinic and then served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 24 years. While in the Air Force, he held a variety of field and staff assignments including the positions of senior policy analyst for preventive medicine and health promotion in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs); chief scientist for the Armstrong Laboratory Directorate of Aerospace Medicine; vice- commander of the Air Force Occupational and Environmental Health Laboratory; chief of disease surveillance for the School of Aerospace Medicine; and chief of the Environmental Medicine Branch at the headquarters of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Dr. Herbold joined the faculty of UTHealth  in 1993. He has continued his practice-focused contributions through teaching and providing technical assistance for disaster preparedness, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental surveillance. He held an adjunct position with the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center; was a member of the early cadre of Texas Medical Rangers (Texas State Guard); and served as both associate director and director of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored Academic Center for Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Herbold also held appointments on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB) and Defense Health Board (DHB) Military Occupational/ Environmental Health & Medical Surveillance Subcommittee.  His work as a civilian appointee to the AFEB was recognized by award of the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal. Read the story here.