Derron A. Alves, D.V.M., Diplomate ACVP

Chief, Infectious Disease Pathogenesis Section

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Specialty(s): Infectious Disease


D.V.M., North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

B.S., Tuskegee University

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Dr. Derron A.(“Tony”) Alves joined the IDPS in 2022 after 23 years of active-duty service in the U.S. Army, culminating his career as the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Consultant for Veterinary Pathology and Deputy Director, Veterinary Services and Public Health Sanitation Directorate, Army Public Health Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Dr. Alves earned a B.S. (Animal and Poultry Science) from Tuskegee University and was commissioned through ROTC in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a three-year post-doctoral veterinary pathology residency at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C, he was board certified (Diplomate) by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2006. Post residency, Dr. Alves was assigned as a biodefense research pathologist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, MD followed by multiple assignments to include the Director, DoD Veterinary Pathology Residency (DODVPR) Program, Joint Pathology Center (JPC), Defense Health Agency (DHA), in Silver Spring, MD. Select military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Army Surgeon General’s distinguished “A” Proficiency Designation for veterinary pathology. Dr. Alves is a USDA-certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD), and a distinguished research pathologist with numerous first- or co-authored manuscripts in peer reviewed scientific journals and book chapters, some involving agents of national security interests at Biosafety Levels 3 and 4.