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Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School

Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD, is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School. Her appointment began April 16, 2018.

Dr. Bertone joined Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1990, and she is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. She also served as director of the college’s Comparative Orthopedics Research Laboratories, an interdisciplinary molecular medicine and tissue-engineering laboratory.

Dr. Bertone began her education immersed in the fine arts at the School of American Ballet NYC and later transitioned to the sciences, focusing on medicine. As a faculty member, she has sustained a productive graduate student training program in which she advised over 40 MS and PhD students, along with many summer research students, post-doctoral trainees, and combined professional/graduate students. In addition to lecturing and providing clinical training, Dr. Bertone has mentored professional students, surgery residents, and research fellows. She was honored by CVM with its Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education for her expertise as an educator.

Orthopedic surgery is Dr. Bertone’s clinical focus, and her research focus is in the study of comparative orthopedic medicine, including regenerative and gene therapy for the treatment of cartilage injury and bone repair. Her research has resulted in over 175 peer reviewed publications, with more than 80 percent including post-graduate students as primary or co-authors. Dr. Bertone’s publication record also includes 30 book chapters and service on editorial boards of several journals. For her innovative work, which includes seven inventions and three patents, Dr. Bertone was a finalist for the TECHCOLUMBUS TopCat Award for Outstanding Woman in Technology and Inventor of the Year.

Dr. Bertone has served two terms as The Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery in CVM. Her service also includes being chair of the Equine Research Group, Graduate Curriculum Coordinator, and service on the graduate studies and promotion and tenure committees. Her national service includes chairing the Examination and Credentials Committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

As a leader, she participated in the President and Provosts Leadership Institute, was a fellow of the formerly named Committee on Institutional Cooperation (now Big Ten Academic Alliances Academic Leadership Program), was appointed to the President and Provosts Council on Women, and worked on Project CEOS, Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State.

Dr. Bertone earned BS and DVM degrees, both with distinction, from Cornell University; an MS in surgery and joint pathology and a PhD in biomedical sciences, both with distinction, from Colorado State University; and a fellowship in gene therapy from the Center for Molecular Orthopedics from Harvard University. She is board-certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.