Dr Montali received his DVM from Cornell in 1964, worked in a mixed practice for 3 years and completed a 3 year pathology residency in the then Dept. of Comparative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. After obtaining board certification as a veterinary pathologist in 1970, he joined the veterinary staff as Chief pathologist for the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. He completed 29 years of service at the National Zoo performing diagnostic pathology, investigating zoo animal and wildlife diseases and providing residency training for veterinarians interested in zoo and wildlife pathology. He currently maintains academic joint appointments at several medical schools in the Washington DC area and also worked very closely with the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in providing training for their residents in the National Zoo’s diagnostic and research pathology program.
Dr. Montali’s research interests have been mainly infectious diseases of carnivores (mainly red and giant pandas), New World primates (mainly tamarins and marmosets) and ungulates (mainly elephants and black rhinoceros) with emphasis on mycobacterial and viral infections. He has authored/co-authored over 240 scientific articles on zoo and wild animal diseases.
He joined the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia as acting pathologist for most of 2004 and served as advisor to the Australian Registry of Wildlife Diseases and Pathology. After his return to the U.S. he spent part of 2005 at UC Davis Veterinary School teaching a course on non-mammalian pathology and mentoring veterinary residents in the pathology of zoo and wildlife species. In 2006, Dr Montali returned to the East coast where he lives now in Alexandria, VA, and has provided animal pathology expertise to NIAID researchers at NIH and to a Registry of Tumors on Lower Animals supported by the NCI.
Dr. Montali has currently joined the JHMI faculty part time and participates in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology participating in rounds and assisting with resident pathology and laboratory animal activities emphasizing non-traditional species.