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Comprehensive Cancer Care
Core Services & Clinical Team

Ryan Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Care Program is led by a world-class team of board-certified veterinarians who each bring a defined set of expertise and techniques for treating cancer.

We offer an integrated approach to cancer care. When you come for your initial appointment, you'll meet with a member of our core team so we can get a sense of your animal's background, history, and previous care. We can then determine both a diagnostic and treatment strategy that could involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or a combination of any of these modalities.

Learn more about our core services and team members below.

We also offer additional clinical resources, including anesthesia, radiology, critical care, nutrition, and grief support services.

Comprehensive Cancer Care
 

Focus: Radiation Oncology

Penn Vet’s radiation oncology staff prescribe radiation therapy to shrink or eliminate tumors.

Learn more about radiation oncology at Ryan Hospital...

Medical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

  • Penn Vet’s surgical oncologists provide life-saving surgical procedures to remove a wide variety of tumors, including in the limbs and skeleton, internal organs, and oral cavity.
  • Our surgical oncologists have advanced training and knowledge of tumor biology and the role of surgery in the multimodality treatment of cancer. 
  • Learn more about Surgery at Penn Vet.
  • Faculty/Clinicians

     NameTitleAreas of Specialty
     
    Dr. Lillian Aronson
    Lillian Aronson, VMD, DACVS
     Professor, Surgery
    • Soft-Tissue Surgery
    • Renal Transplantation Surgery
    • Microvascular Surgery
    • Urolithiasis
    • Urinary Tract Surgery
    Dr. Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, Surgical Oncology
    Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, DACVS (Small Animal), Fellow of Surgical Oncology, ACVS
    • Lecturer in Surgical Oncology
    • Surgical Oncology
     Dr. Kendra Hearon, Surgeon, Ryan HospitalKendra Hearon, VMD, DACVS
    •  Lecturer in Surgical Oncology
    •  Surgical oncology
    • Soft-tissue surgery
      Dr. David Holt
    David Holt, BVSc, DACVS
    • Chief, Section of Surgery
    • Professor, Surgery
    • Soft-Tissue Surgery
    • Imaging Cancer During Surgery
    • Portosystemic Shunts
    • Brachycephalic Airway Disease
    • Laryngeal Paralysis
     Alexander Reiter, Dipl. Tzt., Penn Vet Dentistry & Oral SurgeryAlexander Reiter, Dipl. Tzt. DEVDC, DAVDC
    •  Chief, Dentistry and Oral Surgery
    • Associate Professor, Dentistry and Oral Surgery
    •  Oral tumor biopsies
    • Oral tumor resections (mandibulectomy, maxillectomy, partial tongue resection, head/neck lymph node and salivary gland resections)
    • Facial soft-tissue and bone reconstruction
     Maria Soltero, Penn Vet, dentistryMaria M. Soltero-Rivera, DVM
    • Lecturer, Dentistry and Oral Surgery
    •  Diagnosis and treatment of oral tumors

Radiation Oncology

  • radiation oncologyPenn Vet’s radiation oncology staff prescribe radiation therapy to shrink or eliminate tumors. Significant technological advances allow for improved targeting of the cancer and sparing of adjacent normal tissues. Penn Vet offers patients the widest range of radiation treatment options using a linear accelerator. Radiation therapy can be used as a sole treatment modality, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy to achieve control of cancer and sometimes even cure it. When this cannot be achieved, radiation can still provide significant alleviation of symptoms and improved quality of life.

    Veterinary patients are anesthetized for each dose of radiation to ensure they remain  still during the treatment. The patient’s electrocardiogram, blood pressure, and respiration are monitored using sophisticated equipment. A wide selection of modern anesthesia drugs accommodates each patient’s individual requirements and provides a quick recovery from anesthesia. This allows radiation to be safely administered five days a week.

    Treatment is performed by a team of specialists, including a board-certified radiation oncologist and anesthesiologist, in conjunction with certified veterinary technicians and nurse-anesthetists specifically trained in radiation oncology and anesthesia.
  • Learn more about Radiation Oncology at Penn Vet.
  • Faculty/Clinicians
      Dr. Lili Duda, Radiation Oncology, Penn Vet
    Lili Duda, VMD, DACVR (Radiation Oncology)
    •  Staff Veterinarian
    • Service Head, Radiation Oncology
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Research Ethics

Interventional Radiology

  • stentPenn Vet’s interventional radiology (IR) staff use fluoroscopy, an imaging technique using X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient. Through this technique, they gain access to different tubular structures in the body such as the trachea, ureter, and arteries in order to deliver materials for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Interventional radiology provides viable alternatives for patients in whom conventional therapies are declined, not indicated, or associated with excessive morbidity or mortality. And the procedures — such as tumor embolization (using beads or other substances to block a tumor's blood supply) — are performed with very small incisions.

    Our interventional radiologists also install subcutaneous vascular access ports (SVAPs) to reduce the time, trauma, and discomfort associated with the placement of multiple short-term catheters. Access to the circulatory system is necessary in order to ensure the patient’s safety during the multiple anesthesias required for animals undergoing radiation therapy. In many animals, there is difficulty maintaining this access throughout a course of therapy with multiple short-term catheters, because blood vessels can become scarred, collapsed, and inflamed when they are repeatedly used. SVAPs not only ensure a simple, non-stressful method to gain vascular access, but they also minimize the need to use multiple veins, thereby preserving these vessels for future use (such as for blood tests, anesthesia, fluid supplementation, or drug therapy).
  • Learn more about Interventional Radiology at Penn Vet.
  • Faculty/Clinicians
    Dr. Dana Clarke, Interventional Radiology, Penn Vet
    Dana Clarke, VMD
    DACVECC (Emergency & Critical Care)

    • Lecturer, Interventional Radiology
    • Interventional Radiology
    • Critical Care
    • Surgery 

Residents

  • Residents
    Dr. Kendra Pope  Kendra Pope, DVM, Oncology
    Dr. Ashley Case  Ashley Case, DVM, Oncology
    Dr. Julie Gillem  Julie Gillem, DVM, Oncology
    Dr. Erica Himmelreich  Erica Himmelreich, DVM, Oncology
    Dr. Joseph Jacovino  Joseph Jacovino, DVM, Oncology
      
        
    Dr. Krista Cioffi Krista Cioffi, DVM, MPH, Surgery
    Dr. Georga Karbe Georga Karbe, DVM, Surgery
    Dr. Jacob Rubin Jacob Rubin, DVM, Surgery
    Dr. Chloe Wormser Chloe Wormser, VMD, Surgery
    Dr. Owen Fink Owen Fink, DVM, Surgery
    Dr. Heidi McDevitt Heidi McDevitt, DVM, Surgery
    Dr. Jessica Baron Jessica Baron, DVM, Surgery
    Dr. Kayla Corriveau Kayla Corriveau, DVM, Surgery
        
    Dr. Michael Jennings Michael Jennings, VMD, Dentistry & Oral Surgery
    Dr. Lisa Fink Lisa Fink, DVM, Dentistry & Oral Surgery
    Dr. Sigbjorn Storli
    Sigbjorn Storli, DVM, Dentistry & Oral Surgery
     

Nursing Staff


  • Nursing Staff
    Jackie Shanley, CVT Head Medical Oncology Nurse
    Michelle Strolle, CVT Medical Oncology Nurse
    Stephanie Corsi, CVT Radiation Oncology Technician
    Brigid Ramsey, CVT Radiation Oncology Technician