Meet the Team
Radiation Oncology Faculty
Michele Keyerleber, DVM, DACVR (RO), a board-certified veterinary radiation oncologist and faculty member, is a 2008 graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She later completed a small animal internship at The Ohio State University, before returning to Cornell for a residency in radiation oncology. Dr. Keyerleber joined the faculty of Cummings School and Foster Hospital for Small Animals in 2011. Her research interests include radiation therapy planning for neoplasia in dogs and cats, brain tumors, and palliative radiation therapy. Dr. Keyerleber also has a strong interest in pain and side effect management for radiation therapy patients.
Elizabeth McNiel, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVR (RO), is board-certified in radiation and medical oncology. She is a 1992 graduate of Texas A&M University and completed a small animal rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Dr. McNiel completed a medical oncology residency program followed by a combined radiation oncology residency and PhD program at Colorado State University. Prior to coming to joining the faculty of Cummings School and Foster Hospital for Small Animals in 2012, she served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University. An active researcher, Dr. McNiel studies the molecular biology of canine and feline tumors in her laboratory at the Molecular Oncology Research Institute at the Tufts Medical Center. Her goal is to translate basic discoveries in the laboratory into clinical advances for animals and people.
Medical Oncology Faculty
Lisa Barber, DVM, DACVIM, is a 1992 graduate of The Ohio State University. She completed a small animal internship and residency in veterinary oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where she subsequently served as a staff oncologist prior to joining the faculty at Cummings School and Foster Hospital for Small Animals. She specializes in treating dogs and cats with a variety of cancers, and consults on large animals as well as exotic animals. Her research interests include epidemiologic studies to identify risk factors for various cancers as well as an investigation of novel treatments for cancer.
Kristine Burgess, DVM, DACVIM, is a board-certified veterinary oncologist at Foster Hospital for Small Animals and also serves on the faculty at Cummings School. After receiving her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts, and completing a master’s degree from work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Kristine went on to earn her DVM from Cummings School in 1997. She subsequently completed her residency training at the University of Wisconsin. She collaborates with several other institutions to run clinical trials for new and advanced cancer treatments for dogs and cats, which may lead to better treatment options for both pets and humans.
Soft Tissue Surgeons and Faculty
John Berg, DVM, MS, DACVS, a board-certified soft tissue surgeon and Cummings School faculty member, is a 1981 graduate of Colorado State University who completed his internship at Cornell, returning to Colorado State for his residency. Following his surgery residency, Dr. Berg spent a year in private practice in the Boston area before joining the faculty and staff at Cummings School and Foster Hospital for Small Animals in 1987. Dr. Berg is adept at all types of small animal soft tissue surgery and is especially drawn to the surgical treatment of cancer, which is also the focus of his research. Dr. Berg is an honorary member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and ACVS Founding Fellow in surgical oncology.
Raymond K. Kudej, PhD, DVM, DACVS, a board-certified small animal surgeon and associate professor, is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he pursued a veterinary degree, PhD and surgical residency. He then pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, where he attained advanced training in thoracic and cardiac procedures. Dr. Kudej joined the faculty at Cummings School and Foster Hospital for Small Animals in 2000. As a soft tissue surgeon, he specializes in wound reconstruction techniques, including advanced skin flaps and free skin grafts, thoracic and abdominal wall reconstruction, limb amputation and sparing techniques, lymph node excision, and the principles of surgical oncology and pain management. He has recently been involved in osteosarcoma biomarker research and fluorescent-labeling of cancer cells to guide surgical excision.
Dr. Robert McCarthy, DVM, DACVS, a board-certified surgeon, specializes in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. A 1983 graduate and member of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University’s first graduating class, he also served on the faculty of Louisiana State University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1993, Dr. McCarthy returned to Cummings School as a faculty member and to serve on the soft tissue surgery team at Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Although he works primarily with small companion animals, he also performs extensive surgery on exotic, wildlife and zoo animals. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, arthroscopy) of all types, as well as advances in reproductive control of both companion and wild animals.x`