Yvonne Nadler, D.V.M., M.P.H.


Conservation & Science


Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology


Adjunct Scientist


M.P.H. – University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
D.V.M. – Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
B.S. – Veterinary Science, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
B.S. – Biology, Northern Illinois University

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Areas of Expertise

  • Disease surveillance
  • Zoonotic and trans-boundary disease
  • Risk assessment
  • Disaster preparedness and contingency planning
  • Zoological industry safety


After a career in private practice, Yvonne returned to school to earn her Masters of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics. Her interest in disease brought her to Lincoln Park Zoo, where she served as an epidemiologist for more than six years. While developing an avian influenza surveillance program on behalf of the zoo, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the United States Department of Agriculture, she became interested in preparedness for all hazards. She continues to work with Lincoln Park Zoo on preparedness and response programs for disease events and natural disasters.


  • Pulotrak,E., Nadler, Y., Travis, D., Glaser, A., McNamara, T., Mehta, S.D. 2011. Zoological institution participation in a West Nile virus surveillance system: Implications for public health. Public Health, Vol 125.
  • E. Pultorak, Y. Nadler, D. Travis, A. Glaser, T. McNamara, SD. Mehta. 2011. Zoological Institution Participation in a West Nile Virus Surveillance System: Implications for Public Health. Public Health 125: 592-599.
  • Chosy, J., Travis, D., and Nadler, Y. 2009. Zoos as disease sentinels: Piloting an avian influenza surveillance system in zoological institutions. Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine, 3(1):184.
  • Gillespie, T.R., Lonsdorf, E.V., Canfield, E.P., Meyer, D.J., Nadler, Y., Raphael, J., Pusey, A.E., Pond, J., Pauley, J., Mlengeya, T., Travis, D.A. Demographic and Ecological Affects on Patterns of Parasitism in Eastern Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 143: 534-544.