Cesar Corzo has accepted an appointment to the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity at the University of Minnesota effective Oct. 2. The appointment is considered one of the most prestigious faculty positions in the world involving swine medicine. Corzo was selected following an international search.
Corzo has worked for Pig Improvement Co. since 2012, most recently as the manager of Latin America Health Assurance and Services Team. The focus of his recent work has been on the emergence of Senecavirus A in Colombia, investigating the likelihood of infection of breeding stock during transit, and strategies for monitoring porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae naïve populations of pigs with current serologic tests.
The Leman Chair appointment returns Corzo to the university where he earned his Ph.D. in 2012. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Guelph, and his DVM from La Salle University in Bogota, Colombia. His career also includes a three-year term with Elanco Animal Health.
In his new role, Corzo intends to focus on current industry challenges including personnel turnover and biosecurity compliance, control of endemic bacteria and optimization of antimicrobial usage. Corzo will play a major role in the Swine Health Monitoring program.
The Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity was created in 1995 to honor the career of Allen D. Leman. Those appointed to the chair serve for five years and are expected to significantly influence the swine industry’s adaptation to change. The individual also is expected to act as a catalyst for innovation and change within the University of Minnesota swine faculty.