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Dr. Paul W. Poulos Jr.

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Board Member

Phone: (530) ***-****  HQ Phone
Genetic Disease Control
P.O. Box 222
Davis , California 95617
United States

Company Description: GDC was created more than a decade ago to help breeders of purebred dogs reduce the prevalence of genetic disease. At that time, the founders of GDC felt that...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Held-Poage Research Library
  • Board Member
    Held-Poage Home
  • Board Member
    Research Library Mendocino County Historical Society


  • Jr. DVM
  • PhD
  • DVM
  • PhD Diplomat
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Web References
GDC Board of Trustees, 19 Nov 2014 [cached]
Paul W. Poulos, Jr., DVM, PhD Diplomat, ACVR
donors.htm, 19 Nov 2014 [cached]
Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr., GDC executive director
Paul W. Poulos, Jr., DVM, PhD Executive Director, GDC
GDC News, Info & Resources, 9 May 2003 [cached]
Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr., GDC executive director and board president since 1991, announced his retirement from those positions as of June 1, 2002.
Dr. Poulos led GDC from its early days through 11 years of growth, and finally to a successful merge with OFA. Poulos has also worked on an international level to raise understanding and acceptance of the principles of open sharing of health information. GDC and the purebred dog community recognize the major contributions that Dr. Poulos has made towards improving the health of dogs, as well as the passionate advocacy with which he pursued those goals Dr. Poulos will continue his consulting veterinary radiology practice from his office in Ukiah, California.
We couldn't have reached this point without Dr. Poulos, and I want to extend my deepest gratitude to him for all the work he's done in the past 11 years."
"This is a very promising development," said GDC executive director Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr. "We are seeing a high level of concern about genetic disease from breeders in the US and many other countries.
"There are huge benefits to breeders in combining the GDC and OFA databases," said Dr. Poulos, "but at the same time we needed to be certain that GDC customers will have essentially the same access to the information as they now have.
Paul W. Poulos, Jr. DVM, PhD Executive Director, GDC
“Despite repeated calls from the world’s top canine geneticists during the past ten years for the use of complete and unrestricted open registries to fight genetic disease, the AKC and the majority of the purebred fancy have actively resisted adopting this proven tool,” said Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr., executive director of GDC.
According to Dr. Poulos, GDC has not been able to meet its expectations for useful volumes of registered dogs in large part because of the reluctance of the majority of the breeding community to release information about any dogs who are affected with genetic disease.
“It is no surprise that here in the US we have made almost no progress in reducing the most serious diseases known or suspected to be genetic such as hip dysplasia and cancer if we refuse to share information about which dogs may be carrying the defective genes,” said Poulos.
“Our shift in focus is driven by the realization that the best open registry in the world won’t help if breeders won’t use it or don’t understand how to use it in their day-to-day breeding decisions,” explained Poulos.
During the past ten years GDC has worked with many breed groups to establish more than two dozen specific genetic disease registries and now has a number of new requests in progress. However, according to Dr. Poulos, getting a significant number of breeders and owners to actually register their dogs is an uphill battle.
"This past year at GDC we have seen a sharp increase in requests from breeders for help with breeding decisions," said Poulos.
Dr. Poulos noted that the current excitement in the purebred fancy about the potential for genetic testing via DNA has all but eclipsed interest in the use of other methods to control genetic disease.
“GDC will continue to register dogs in existing registries over the next year,” said Poulos.
Paul Poulos: 'From the Eye ..., 23 Sept 2014 [cached]
Paul Poulos: 'From the Eye of the Beholder: Saving Mendocino County's History and Preserving Our Science' Dr. Paul Poulos to lecture on 'Saving Mendocino County's History and Preserving Our Science'
Dr. Paul Poulos is the director of the Held-Poage Research Library, a repository of primary source material of Mendocino County history. (Nathan DeHart-Ukiah Daily Journal)
The popularity of the "Tours of Earth and Sky" lecture series required a change of venue to the Civic Center Council Chambers, providing better seating and viewing for this month's featured presenter, Dr. Paul Poulos, director of the Held-Poage Research Library, whose talk is titled "From the Eye of the Beholder: Saving Mendocino County's History and Preserving Our Science."
The lecture is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the city of Ukiah Council Chambers.
Born in Ukiah, Poulos grew up across the street from the Ukiah Daily Journal office building; as a teenager he moved to Potter Valley with his family , where he started his own dairy farm and became inoculated into his lifetime passion as a veterinarian.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War, earned a DVM at UC Davis and practiced veterinary care in Ukiah for 11 years. Fascinated by radiology, he returned to Davis to become certified as a veterinary radiologist and afterwards worked and studied in Sweden and Holland, received his Ph.D., and traveled back and forth from the States, eventually returning to Ukiah to retire.
His grandparents came here in the 1800s, and part of what attracted Poulos to the Historical Society was that he is a fourth-generation resident of Mendocino County.
His father, Paul Poulos, Sr., was at one time the light heavyweight wrestling champion of the West Coast, the mayor of Ukiah, where in the 1940s he facilitated the development of the airport, and chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
Prior to Dr. Paul Poulos' late wife's death, she made a bucket list for him.
"We need to archive it properly and make it safe for future generations," Poulos says.
"The property remains what the coast was like two centuries ago," Poulos says.
"If the college sells the property to BLM, it can no longer be protected; if the federal government uses tax dollars-a purchase for the people-then it will be totally accessible, and it will lose its pristine nature," says Poulos.
Poulos became personally involved when the Historical Society board received a registered letter from the BLM division of the Department of the Interior, asking if it would be willing to evaluate the historical value of the property. The board voted unanimously to do so and appointed him to do the evaluation.
His report indicated that because of its age, it uniqueness and the fact that it had been protected for so many years and had evidence of Pomo Indian presence as well as the Coast Guard, it should not be sold.
Poulos gave a completed account to the BLM and the Historical Society board, but the college board did not receive it. A little over two months ago, he made copies for each board member and put them in individual envelopes. He met with the designated board liaison who told him he was unable to accept the reports on behalf of the board and that Poulos would have to give them to Reyes' secretary, who would determine if it would be appropriate for board members to receive the documents.
"I'm not giving these letters to a secretary to determine whether board members are allowed to receive them," he said, turned his back and walked away.
At the board meeting in July he told the members they could have their envelopes; no one replied. He has been subsequently contacted, and five of seven board members have received the information.
By Paul ..., 31 Aug 2014 [cached]
By Paul Poulos
- Paul Poulos, DVM and Professor, Ret., is Director of the Held-Poage Home and Research Library Mendocino County Historical Society and a Friend of the Point Arena Field Station. He lives in Ukiah
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