Rodney Page, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology)
Director, CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center
Dr. Page, a veterinarian and an alumnus of CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Class of 1981), also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science in physiology from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. Dr. Page comes to CSU from Cornell University where he was the founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research and served as the chair for the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, he 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. After earning his DVM from CSU, Dr. Page served a three-year residency in clinical oncology at the esteemed Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Stephen J. Withrow, DVM
CSU Distinguished Professor
Founder, CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center
Dr. Stephen Withrow is a Professor of Surgical Oncology and the Founding Director of the CSU Animal Cancer Center. Dr. Withrow came to Colorado State University as a general surgeon in 1978 and established the clinical oncology service in 1981 to provide the care that was needed for cancer patients. As the Associate Director of the Animal Cancer Center his goal is to provide a strong infrastructure and environment for innovative teaching, research and clinical service for pets with cancer.
His research focuses on surgical oncology, allografts (tissue transplanted from a donor of the same species), companion animal models of cancer for translational research, multimodality cancer treatment, local chemotherapy delivery systems, limb sparing and clinical trials. He is internationally acclaimed for his fundamental contributions to the improvement of limb sparing surgery techniques for dogs and making it a viable option to amputation for animals with bone cancer (osteosarcoma). Through his collaboration with Ross Wilkins, MD, a human orthopedic surgeon, they have improved the limb sparing technique used in humans, mainly children.
He helped to establish the medical and radiation oncology residency training programs for graduate veterinarians and the surgical oncology fellowship program for specialist veterinary surgeons to further hone their surgical skills in cancer cases. He has received numerous teaching, service and research awards. CSU awarded Dr. Withrow the University Distinguished Professorship, the highest academic honor at the university, in 2004.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and completed an internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Post doctorate training in surgical oncology and musculoskeletal biology occurred at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). He is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (oncology) and the author of over 250 scientific articles and the best known text on veterinary oncology, “Small Animal Clinical Oncology.”
Currently the only veterinarian admitted as a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society. He 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.
Wayne A. Jensen, DVM, Ph.D., MBA
Professor and Associate Head, CSU Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Jensen has more than 25 years of experience in the animal health industry, including veterinary medical practice, basic research, product development and business development. He holds four academic degrees from CSU and has recently returned to help run CSU’s Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr Jensen has published dozens of papers in research journals and holds eight patents representing robust innovation. He most recently served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in advancing veterinary research that protects, treats and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife. He was instrumental in collaborating with CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center in the ongoing Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Dr Jensen co-founded the nationally recognized Wellington Veterinary Clinic, which was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association practice of the year in 2012.