Bertone Appointed Dean of the Graduate School

From the Provost — March 19, 2018

Bertone Appointed Dean of the Graduate School

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD, has accepted our offer to serve as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, her appointment is effective April 16, 2018.

Dr. Bertone joined Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) faculty in 1990. Currently a professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, she also serves as director, 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 has 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, she has mentored professional students, surgery residents and research fellows, such that the CVM honored her with the Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education.

Her clinical focus is orthopedic surgery, 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 extensive research is published in 175-plus peer-reviewed publications, with more than 80 percent containing post-graduate students as primary or co-authors. In addition, she has written 30 book chapters and has served on the editorial board of several journals.

She served two terms as The Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery and service to CVM includes chair, Equine Research Group, Graduate Curriculum Coordinator, Graduate Studies Committee and Promotion and Tenure Committees. In addition, her national service has included service as chair, Examination and Credentials Committee, American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

For her innovative work, which includes seven inventions and three patents, she was a finalist for TECHCOLUMBUS TopCat Award for both Outstanding Woman in Technology and for Inventor of the Year.

As a leader, she participated in the President and Provost’s Leadership Institute, served as a fellow of the formerly named Committee on Institutional Cooperation, now called Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Academic Leadership Program, was appointed to the President and Provost’s Council on Women, and worked on Project CEOS, Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State.

Dr. Bertone earned a BS and DVM degrees, both with distinction, from Cornell University; an MS in surgery and joint pathology and 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 became board certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Many thanks to Vice Provost W. Randy Smith for coordinating activities in the Graduate School while we completed this leadership search. Please join me in congratulating Alicia. I look forward to working with her in her new role.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost