COLLEGE STATION, TX – Dr. Theresa Fossum, surgeon with the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Recognition such as this, by ones peers, is truly an honor,” said Fossum. “I am thrilled to receive this award from the Ohio State University, an institution for which I hold great respect.”
Fossum currently holds the Tom and Joan Read Chair in Veterinary Surgery, and is the director of cardiothoracic surgery and biomedical devices for the Michael E. DeBakey Institute at the Texas A&M CVM. Her work in treating cardiac disease in animals, and the testing of new technology and therapeutic agents has improved the quality of life for many of her patients while providing data that aids in the development for treatment of cardiac disease in humans.
“Dr. Fossum has distinguished herself by pursuing excellence throughout her career,” said Dr. Rustin Moore, Chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “She truly epitomizes the ‘triple threat’ academician, as she is an accomplished scientist, gifted clinician and skilled educator. We are proud that Dr. Fossum is an alumnus of The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine where she completed her small animal surgical residency and Master of Science degree in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.”
Arriving at Texas A&M in July 1987 as an assistant professor, Fossum received her tenure in 1993 as an associate professor. She was named Chief of Surgery in 1996 and was honored as a Wiley Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Her work in device testing has led to the establishment of the Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies in 2007, a division of Texas A&M University, which she will assume leadership of upon commencement of operations.
“Dr. Theresa Fossum’s efforts in veterinary cardiology and preclinical studies have earned her an international reputation for excellence,” said H. Richard Adams, dean of veterinary medicine. “Her contributions to veterinary medicine, both in and out of the surgical suite, have made a lasting impact on not only our college, but also the veterinary profession. We are very proud of her recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus, and look forward to her continued accomplishments.”
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