Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals: Andres Gil
CVM alumnus Andres Gil was a winner of a 2004 Distinguished Leadership
Award for Internationals, a University of Minnesota award for alumni, former
students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves as
leaders in their professional careers.
Andres Gil is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary
Medicine, where he earned his M.S. in 1991 and his Ph.D. in 1993. His thesis
on foot and mouth disease was credited with assisting in the eradication of
the disease from Uruguay, his native country. This accomplishment had significant
economic benefits for his country in terms of increased world trade.
Dr. Gil is currently head of the epidemiological unit at
the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries in Montevideo, Uruguay,
as well as the head of the Biostatistics and Informatics Department at the
Universidad de la Republica.
He is an international leader in epidemiology and
statistics, agriculture, food safety surveillance, and veterinary medicine. In
1998, the Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas, in which Dr. Gil had a
leading role, received the International University Linkage Award for
Dr. Gil has been successful in attracting support from
U.S. universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Inter-American
Development Bank, and the Japanese International Development Agency for many
important projects in the areas of food safety, animal disease monitoring,
dairy calf morbidity and mortality, new methodology in teaching biostatistics,
and evaluation of meat composition.
By naming Dr. Gil a recipient of the Distinguished
Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee honored his
influential leadership role and unique ability to obtain support and results in
Uruguayan livestock production, health, and economics, which have resulted in
national and worldwide benefits.