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Colonel Eric Lombardini, V.M.D., Ph.D.
United States Army Medical Directorate
Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences

Colonel Eric Lombardini, V.M.D., Ph.D., Director, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences

COL Eric D. Lombardini, Director of the United States Army Medical Directorate-Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (USAMD-AFRIMS). COL Lombardini earned his BA in African and Middle Eastern culture and history in 1993, his Master in viral Epidemiology and his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) in 2001 all from the University of Pennsylvania. He successfully defended his PhD in Malariology through the Open University in 2017 and was selected in residence to the United States Army War College, as a Fellow assigned to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services. He is double boarded in the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM).

Prior to the War College, COL Lombardini was tripled-hatted as the Team Lead, Therapeutics, Vaccines/Therapeutics Division (CBM), Chemical & Biological Technologies Department at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as well as being both the Program Manager for arenaviruses and filoviruses and assigned as the medical integrations officer for the new Warfighter Integration Division (CBW). From 2015-2017, he Commanded the Public Health Activity-Fort Carson, responsible for an area of operations covering 14 Western, Central and Pacific states and providing mission support to 44 military installations to include all Sister Services, and National Guard facilities. He served at AFRIMS from 2012-2015 as the Chief of both Medical Plans and Chief of Comparative Pathology. Prior to which, he was Chief of the Division of Comparative Pathology, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) in Bethesda, MD; Veterinary Pathology Resident, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Silver Spring, MD; Chief, Aviano Branch, Southern Europe Veterinary Detachment in Aviano, Italy with support for both KFOR and SFOR; OIC of 6th Squad, 43rd Medical Detachment, Veterinary Services in Support of the 86th Combat Support Hospital in An Nasariyah, Iraq; OIC of 6th/43rd MED DET (VS) in support of the 115th Field Hospital, Fort Polk, LA. He was competitively selected for the strategic billet as the Director of USAMD-AFRIMS beginning in July, 2019.

Key Military Awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the CL Davis Award for excellence, AFIP, the Army Medical Departments Order of Military Medical Merit, the Surgeon Generals A proficiency Designator, among others. He received the Leonard Pearson Prize, for clinical and research excellence, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications to include several book chapters. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the current Director of the Macroscopic Pathology Course for the CL Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology, and a current lecturer for the Defense Institute of Medical Operations (DIMO). He is a native speaker of French and Italian and fluent in Spanish.

Recent Activities at AFRIMS
AFRIMS recent activities HIV Vaccine Study First to show effectiveness AFRIMS on Dengue at Voice of America AFRIMS on Malaria in New York Times AFRIMS researchers instructed 104 medical cadets from Phramongkutklao College of Medicine AFRIMS hosts infectious diseae surveillance workshop for laos PDR lab technicians AFRIMS concludes Pilat Malaria Prophylaxis clinical trial in Cambodia Dr. Rampa Rattanarathiul received the Belkin Award, The highest honor given by the AMCA Dedication and opening of joint AFPMC AFRIMS molecular laboratory in the Phillippines NBC shows story on drug resistant malaria on the Thai-Cambodia border in Cambodia Malaria Vaccine: Inside look at first human trial from BBC news HVRC opening ceremony Change of Command 2015 AFRIMS leaders join "Bike For Mom 2015" event US Embassy Employee of the Month Public Release of Joint Concept of Health Services Public Release of Joint Concept of Health Services more AFRIMS activities