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Alan M. Kelly

Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine
Professor of Pathology
University of Pennsylvania

Alan M. Kelly is Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathobiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1994 he became the eleventh dean of the School and holds the only endowed veterinary deanship in the nation.

At the School of Veterinary Medicine since 1967, Dr. Kelly's principal research interests are in skeletal muscle development and muscle disease. He co-authored the book Neuromuscular Development and Disease and is the author or co-author of 17 book chapters, and 50 papers in referred journals.

Earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Reading in the UK in 1958, Dr. Kelly went on to gain a veterinary degree from the University of Bristol, England in 1962. That same year he came to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Pathology from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. Immediately upon graduation in 1967, he joined the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine where he pursued his research and teaching career. He has served as Head of the Laboratory of Pathology, Chair of the Graduate Group of Pathology, Acting Chair and Chair of the Department of Pathobiology prior to becoming Dean. Since 1979, Dr. Kelly has held joint appointments as Professor of Pathology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate Group in Comparative Medical Sciences.

Currently, Dr. Kelly serves on several boards, including the ASPCA, the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the Institute for Human Gene Therapy Advisory Board and he Chairs the Genova Oversight Committee at the University of Pennsylvania.