Dr. Lisa Naples

Senior Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Lisa Naples is a veterinarian and expert in zoological, wildlife and conservation medicine as well as public health. She monitors the health and well-being of 32,000 animals representing more than 1,500 species at Shedd Aquarium with a robust preventive health and wellness program in addition to providing urgent and emergent medical care.

As a senior staff veterinarian, Dr. Naples oversees in situ and ex situ research projects involving conservation and clinical medicine subject matter. She is the primary investigator for numerous research projects, co-investigator for several collaborations and the advisor for others in her field of expertise. Dr. Naples is also an advisor to several veterinary relief efforts internationally and within the United States. She is frequently published in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work at various conferences for international organizations. 

Dr. Naples’ current ongoing research includes elasmobranch stress and health assessments, clinical pathology, endocrinology for elasmobranchs, reptiles and primates, marine mammal health assessments, fish hematology and reptile parasitology.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Naples is an advisor and educator in several organizations. She oversees the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency (IZAAR) program, in which she provides mentorship and training to veterinary residents in the American College of Zoological Medicine. She is an adjunct clinical professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She also oversees a collaborative training program between Shedd Aquarium and Northwestern University for engineering students. 

Dr. Naples completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she was also an inaugural recipient of certification in international medicine. She has completed internships in internal and emergency medicine and surgery as well as wildlife medicine. She is a graduate of a zoological and aquatic animal residency program for the American College of Zoological Medicine.


University attended
DVM, Tufts University

Oversees a collaborative training program between Shedd Aquarium and Northwestern University for engineering students