Tom & Joan Read Chair in Veterinary Surgery
February 01, 2002
Dr. H. Richard Adams, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine
at Texas A&M University, is pleased to announce that Dr.
Theresa W. Fossum has been appointed the first Tom and Joan Read
Chair in Veterinary Surgery.
Described as "driven" by her colleagues, and "compassionate" by
the clients who entrust their animals to her care, Fossum's passion
is rivaled only by her determination to help build a world-class
cardiothoracic program at the College of Veterinary Medicine. "When
anyone thinks about cardiac surgery, I want them to think of Texas
A&M University," she said. "We have the faculty expertise and
the commitment to make it happen."
Fossum has been on faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine
since 1987. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the
University of Idaho, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington
State University, a Master of Science in Veterinary Anatomy at the
Ohio State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary
Microbiology at Texas A&M University. She completed a surgery
residency at the Ohio State University in 1986 and is a diplomate
of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She held the Wiley
Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M
University from 1994 to 1997.
Fossum's research areas include cardiothoracic surgery,
angiogenesis, lymphatic system, and chylothorax. She was
instrumental in establishing the Michael E. DeBakey Institute at
the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research in biomedical
devices using a calf model led to clinical trials of The MicroMed
DeBakey VAD (ventricular assist device) in human patients with
heart failure. The device, weighing less than four ounces, can be
implanted in children or small adults and will assist the heart in
pumping blood. In the near future, Fossum hopes to apply this same
technology to veterinary medicine by implanting the device in
animals with heart disease to prolong their lives.
Fossum has authored more than 70 scientific publications in
refereed journals, 18 abstracts, 33 book chapters, served as editor
for three books, and made over 130 scientific presentations. Her
honors include the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award,
Texas A&M University, the American Veterinary Medical
Foundation and American Kennel Club Excellence in Canine Research
Award, and she was an intern for the Center to Leadership in Higher
Education Administration program at Texas A&M University. She
is a member of the AVMA, TVMA, and numerous other scientific
organizations. Fossum has served on the editorial and review boards
of Veterinary Surgery, J American Animal Hospital Association, J Am
Vet Med Assoc, and others.
"The College is truly fortunate to have someone as accomplished
as Dr. Fossum, with her dedication and expertise, to serve as the
first Tom and Joan Read Chair in Veterinary Surgery," said Dean H.
The purpose of the Chair is to provide educational leadership
for the faculty and students of the College of Veterinary Medicine
with an initial emphasis in cardiothoracic surgery.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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