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Penn Vet Names Dr. Mark Oyama Interim Chair of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine

By: Martin J. Hackett, mhackett@vet.upenn.edu Date: Aug 12, 2021
Dr. Mark Oyama

August 12, 2021 | Philadelphia – Mark Oyama, DVM, MSCE, DACVIM, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine (CSAM) at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) effective September 1, 2021.

He succeeds Oliver Garden, BSc, BVetMed, PhD, who has led the department since 2016. Garden will become Dean at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Oyama served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Cardiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois before arriving at Penn Vet in 2005 as an Associate Professor of Cardiology. Six years later in 2011, Oyama was appointed to Professor of Cardiology and served as Chief of the Section of Cardiology through 2019. Last year, he was named as the Charlotte Newton Sheppard Endowed Chair of Medicine. Oyama serves as Head of the Clinical Sciences Research Division of CSAM. His clinical and research interests involve mitral valve disease, novel therapies for heart failure, clinical epidemiology, and cardiac biomarkers.

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Oyama served as past President of the ACVIM, Specialty of Cardiology. He is a member of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Institute for Translational Medicine and the Penn Cardiovascular Institute, and he serves as an Associate Scholar at Perelman’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Oyama earned his veterinary doctorate at the University of Illinois and his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at the University of California at Davis.


About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,300 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 5,300 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.