Nationwide adds Dr. Nathan Bollig to Pet Health team
As part of a larger commitment to leveraging data to better serve pets and their families, Nationwide’s pet insurance unit has hired Dr. Nathan Bollig as its first Senior Consultant, Pet Health Insights. He will report to Dr. Jules Benson, Nationwide’s Chief Veterinary Officer.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Bollig join our Pet Health team. In addition to being a veterinarian, his experience in the fields of computer science, veterinary informatics, and primary research will add immense value to our pet health data work,” said Dr. Benson. “He deeply understands not only the challenges the veterinary industry faces, but also the ways that harnessing Nationwide’s data can improve the way we provide more care for more pets.”
Prior to joining Nationwide, Dr. Bollig was a research data scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center and a postdoctoral fellow in the Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Specifically, Dr. Bollig is interested in using data science, machine learning, and software engineering to expand the toolkit of veterinary professionals. He is also the current President-Elect of the Association for Veterinary Informatics, a nonprofit organization that connects veterinary professionals dedicated to aggregating, standardizing, and analyzing data for the benefit of animal health and wellness.
Dr. Bollig studied theoretical mathematics and zoology as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before working at Epic Systems supporting electronic health record software, with a focus on insurance claims. He then went on to earn a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in Computer Science, both from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Bollig also practices as a relief primary care veterinarian for companion animals, often in support of local non-profit organizations that provide veterinary care to low-income clients or people facing housing insecurity. Outside of veterinary medicine, he enjoys playing guitar, recording local bands, meditating, and hiking.