Mark D. Markel, Vilas Distinguished Achievement professor, have been the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2012. Markel has been a UW-Madison faculty member since 1990, conducting research in comparative orthopedics focused on bone, tendon and cartilage regeneration. He is an equine surgeon by training. Dr. Markel served as the Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences for 16 years and as Associate Dean for Advancement for the SVM for 11 years. He is a member of the Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center and holds affiliate positions in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the School of Medicine and Public Health and in the Institute on Aging. Dr. Markel has been principal investigator, co-investigator, or training program faculty member on approximately $15,000,000 of grants. He has authored over 490 publications, with over 200 manuscripts published or in press in peer reviewed journals; 59 book chapters and over 230 scientific abstracts. He currently also serves on the board of directors for the AO Foundation, the world’s largest non-profit orthopedic foundation, based in Switzerland, and is President Elect for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Markel holds a D.V.M. in veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis and Ph.D. from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and is a Diplomate of the ACVS.