College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Endowed Chairs

rodney_page_small[1]Stephen J. Withrow Presidential Chair in Oncology – Rodney Page

Colorado State University’s Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center welcomed Dr. Rodney Page as its new director on July 1, 2010. Page came to CSU from Cornell University, where he was director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research. Page was the founding director of the institute at Cornell and oversaw fundamental cancer research programs, faculty members, and the center’s Division of Cancer and Environment, which is an outreach and education program for cancer risk reduction in humans.

Prior to his time at Cornell, Page spent 15 years with North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where, in collaboration with other research centers, he helped to establish one of the first comparative veterinary oncology programs. He earned his D.V.M. from CSU in 1981 and subsequently served a three-year residency in clinical oncology at the esteemed Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Throughout his career, Page stayed in communication with his former teachers and colleagues at Colorado State University. So, when the opportunity arose to return to CSU as director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, he felt he not only possessed the leadership qualifications but also understood the vision and the values at its core.

Page is a third-generation Coloradoan whose family on both sides came to the state as homesteaders. He grew up in Boulder and spent his early years hiking, backpacking, and camping with his family.

russell_anthony[1]Hill’s Professorship in Animal Biotechnology – Russell Anthony

Dr. Russell V. Anthony, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. His research is directed at characterizing the communication between the developing fetus and the uteroplacental unit that is required for normal fetal growth and development to occur.

Anthony holds a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. His research efforts at the Perinatal Research Facility at UCHSC and the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory at Colorado State University provide an integrated research effort in placental and fetal physiology.

stephen_withrow[1]The Stuart University Chair in Oncology – Stephen Withrow

Dr. Stephen Withrow is a professor of surgical oncology and founder of the Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. CSU awarded Dr. Withrow the University Distinguished Professorship in 2004. He is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (oncology).

Withrow graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and completed an internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Postdoctorate training in surgical oncology and musculoskeletal biology occurred at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Withrow has been at Colorado State University since 1978, receiving numerous teaching, service, and research awards, and is the author of over 250 scientific articles and one textbook. His research interest includes multimodality treatment of cancer in animals as a model for humans with cancer.

Currently he is the only veterinarian admitted as a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, and is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group. He is a past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society and is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Withrow’s research revolves around the areas of surgical oncology, bone allografts, companion animal models of cancer for translational research, multimodality cancer treatment, local chemotherapy delivery systems, limb sparing, and clinical trials.

nicole_ehrhart_small[1]Ross M. Wilkins University Chair in Musculoskeletal Oncology – Nicole Ehrhart

Dr. Nicole Ehrhart joined the Colorado State University faculty as a professor of surgical oncology in 2002, concurrent with the opening of the new Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Ehrhart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She completed an internship in general medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and was accepted into a surgery residency at Colorado State University in 1991. She completed her surgical residency and master’s degree in clinical sciences in 1994 and became Board Certified in Surgery in 1995, during the first year of a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship in Surgical Oncology and Orthopedic Research.

Following completion of her fellowship, she was recruited in 1996 to the University of Illinois College of Biomedical Sciences as an assistant professor in surgical oncology, where she remained for six years before she joined CSU in 2002.

Like the other academic clinician-scientists at the Flint Animal Cancer Center, Ehrhart has a packed schedule. She works with patients in the clinic, conducts research, teaches, and, as a surgical oncologist, spends hours in the operating room. There are also demands outside of the hospital with professional veterinary societies and her work with the Limb Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 with the mission to support the prevention and treatment of limb-threatening conditions in people.

Ehrhart’s research focuses on musculoskeletal oncology – cancer that affects bone, muscle, and connective tissue. The overarching goal of her work is limb preservation – the reconstruction of bone to save the extremities of animals or people at risk of losing them due to tumor or trauma. She has developed a technique for limb-salvage surgeries in small animals using bone allografts – bones donated through tissue banks and used to replace large segments of damaged bone.

michael_lappin[1]Kenneth W. Smith Professorship in Small Animal Clinical Vet Med – Michael Lappin

Michael R. Lappin, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate A.C.V.I.M., is a professor of infectious disease in the Department of Clinical Sciences. His laboratory studies immune responses to vaccination against respiratory viruses in cats, as well as immune responses to feline vaccines. He also oversees a large diagnostic service for feline infectious agents and is director of shelter medicine, where he investigates disease outbreak and management in shelter settings.



thomas_hansen[1]Mabel I. and Henry H. Traubert Professorship of Animal Genetics – Thomas Hansen

Thomas R. Hansen, Ph.D., is the director of the animal reproduction and biotechnology laboratory and a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. His research focuses on embryo-maternal signaling with intent to reduce miscarriages, implantation of the embryo and development of the placenta to better understand and manage intrauterine growth restriction of the fetus, and how infections during pregnancy may impair the immune system and development of the fetus.



douglas_thamm[1]Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Oncology – Douglas Thamm

Douglas Thamm is an associate professor of oncology at the Colorado State University Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center, within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is also a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at Colorado State University. He also codirects the Experimental Therapeutics Cluster within the CSU Cancer Academic Supercluster.

Dr. Thamm received his bachelor’s and V.M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin and was employed as a postdoctoral researcher there for five additional years. He is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 15 book chapters, and 100 research abstracts in the field of veterinary oncology and cancer research.

c_wayne_mcilwraith[1]Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Orthopaedic Research – C. Wayne McIlwraith

C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and director of the Orthopaedic Research Center. Dr. McIlwraith’s work focuses on equine orthopaedic surgery, joint disease research, as well as osteoarthritis therapy (including gene therapy and stem cell therapies), articular cartilage repair, and early diagnosis in osteoarthritis and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.

Dr. McIlwraith is a pioneer in the field of equine arthroscopy. His expertise in diagnosing joint injuries in horses as well as discovering effective therapeutic and preventive health care have made him a world-renowned expert in the field.

christopher_kawcak[1]Iron Rose Ranch University Chair in Musculoskeletal Equine Disease and Injury – Christopher Kawcak

Christopher E. Kawcak, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a professor of orthopaedics in the Department of Clinical Sciences, based at the Orthopaedic Research Center. His clinical and research work focuses on finding ways to prevent and treat catastrophic injuries in equine athletes. Dr. Kawcak is assessing three-dimensional imaging techniques, MRI, and CT to diagnose early joint disease and microscopic joint injuries before these develop into serious injuries.

Working with researchers in biomedical engineering, the ORC research team has developed biomechanical models to assess risk factors specific to each individual athlete with implications for human bone and joint disease.

patrick_mccue[1]Iron Rose Ranch University Chair in Equine Reproduction – Patrick McCue

Patrick M. McCue, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists, is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He coordinates the clinical stallion, broodmare, foaling, and embryo transfer services at the Bud and Jo Adams Equine Reproduction Laboratory. His research interests include reproductive pathology, reproductive endocrinology, hormone therapy, and embryo transfer. He also attends to dystocias, high risk pregnancies, and other equine reproduction cases at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


daniel_gustafson[1]Shipley University Chair in Comparative Oncology – Daniel Gustafson

Daniel Gustafson, Ph.D., is a professor of cancer pharmacology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, director of research for the Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center, and director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center Pharmacology Core.

His research focuses on developing treatments for cancer, with an emphasis on the pharmacology of agents and development of animal, pharmacokinetic, and mathematical model systems that better reflect the clinical progression and pathology of cancer. His work helps veterinary oncologists determine the best treatments for their patients and could have significant impacts on human cancer treatments.

Chairs Currently Open:

  • John Alexander University Chair in Large Animal Reproductive Medicine
  • Kenneth and Virginia Atkinson College Chair in Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Abigail K. Kawananakoa University Chair in Equine Musculoskeletal Integrative Therapies
  • Leslie A. Malone Presidential Chair in Equine Sports Medicine