The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has named Dr. Parthapratim (Pat) Basu as chief public health veterinarian (CPHV) for the agency.

In addition to his newly appointed role, Basu will continue to serve as senior leader for Chemistry, Toxicology and Related Sciences in the Office of Public Health Science in Washington, D.C., a position he has held since 2011.

Basu’s career in FSIS spans over 34 years, including field and headquarters staff and management positions related to food safety and public health, in both domestic and international program areas. He also currently serves as the U.S. Alternate Delegate to the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues. In addition to other duties, Basu is one of the primary leaders in the current One Health initiative for FSIS and USDA.

As the CPHV, Basu will serve as the lead resource for the agency and its partners in domestic and international food safety issues involving zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and other public health and One Health-related activities.

Basu received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University in England, his veterinary degree from Calcutta University in India, a master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from The Ohio State University and significant other post degree work in science and epidemiology.