The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to announce the appointment of six endowed positions:
The six faculty named to endowed positions include (pictured left to right, top to bottom ), Drs. Boyaka, Burns, Moore, Niehaus, Selmic and Toribio.
• Prosper N. Boyaka, PhD, professor and interim chair, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, is named the Stanton Youngberg Professor in Veterinary Medicine. This endowed position recognizes a nationally eminent faculty member who is distinguished with an active and productive research program focused on veterinary medicine. Dr. Boyaka has been with the college for 14 years. The overall goal of the research in the Boyaka lab is to better understand mucosal immunology and apply that knowledge for prevention or treatment of infectious and non-infectious diseases.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Stanton Youngberg Endowment for supporting fundamental science research in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The knowledge gained from preclinical research is what fuels innovation and the development of new strategies for prevention and treatment of diseases. Through our work on mucosal immunology and microbiota, and collaboration with the extensive research community at The Ohio State University, we will continue to advance veterinary and human medicine," said Dr. Boyaka.
• Teresa A. Burns, DVM, PhD ‘13, DACVIM, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is named the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Designated Professor in Equine Clinical Sciences and Research, which is to be held by a nationally eminent faculty member who is distinguished in an active and productive research program focused on equine medicine and surgery. Dr. Burns has been with the college for 16 years in Equine Field Service and Internal Medicine, and her research team studies laminitis and endocrine diseases of horses.
"The Jenne family’s generosity in endowing this position is a tangible, visible example of
their long-standing commitment to equine veterinarians and to The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine. It’s impossible to not be very humbled by and grateful for
the opportunity that this position represents, which is tremendous, enabling the
advancement of equine veterinary medicine and the health and welfare of horses," said Dr. Burns.
• Sarah Moore, DVM, DACVIM, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is named the inaugural Wolfe Associates Endowed Professor in Canine and Clinical Comparative Medicine. This endowed position recognizes a nationally eminent faculty member who is distinguished with an active and productive research program focused on canine clinical and comparative medicine. Dr. Moore has been with the college for 11 years and her research interests include developing new treatment strategies for neuropathic pain, intervertebral disc herniation and spinal cord injury as well as development of outcome measures to assess sensory and motor recovery related to these diseases.
"I am so grateful to Wolfe Associates for their support will be transformative to my research program by allowing more time, energy and resources to be allocated toward study conduct and, ultimately, treatment of veterinary patients", said Dr. Moore.
• Andrew Niehaus, DVM ‘03, MS ‘07, Diplomate ACVS, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Services, is named the Vernon L. Tharp Professor in Food Animal Medicine. This endowed position recognizes a nationally eminent faculty member who is distinguished with an active and productive research program focused on food animal medicine. Dr. Niehaus has been with the college for 12 years and is the Farm Animal Medicine Section Head. His research interests include both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
“I am truly grateful and honored to be named the Tharp chair, and the generous support by the Tharp family will enable me to continue to provide the clinical care, teaching, and research that our clients, referring veterinarians, and students have come to know and expect from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dr. Niehaus.
• Laura Selmic, BVetMed (Hons.), MPH, DACVS-SA, DECVS, associate professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is named the inaugural Teckie and Don Shackelford Chair in Canine Medicine. This endowed position recognizes a nationally eminent faculty member who is an effective educator-teacher and maintains an active and productive research program focused on canine medicine. Dr. Selmic has been with the college for two years and is a surgical oncologist who has research interests in surgical margin imaging with optical coherence tomography and outcome of surgical treatment of cancer in companion animals.
“I really appreciate the support the Shackleford family are providing with this endowed chair position. With this support, I will work hard to develop internationally recognized surgical and integrated oncology programs that will provide excellent research, teaching and clinical service,” said Dr. Selmic.
• Ramiro E. Toribio, BS, DVM, MS, PhD ‘01, DACVIM, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is named the Trueman Chair in Equine Medicine and Surgery. This endowed position recognizes a nationally eminent faculty member who is distinguished with an active and productive research program focused on equine medicine and surgery and an effective educator-teacher. Dr. Toribio has been with the college for 19 years. His clinical expertise is Equine Internal Medicine. His research interests include equine and comparative endocrinology, equine neonatology, equine calcium regulation during health and disease, and animal models of bone development.
"I would like to express my gratitude to the Trueman family for their generosity to the college and for recognizing with this endowment my contributions to equine research and discovery, veterinary education, and outreach. Their support will enhance ongoing areas of equine research that will have clinical applications, keeping our college as a leader in Equine Endocrinology Research," said Dr. Toribio.
Endowed faculty are essential to achieving our goal to Be The Model™ comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world. These positions illustrate the powerful partnership between faculty and philanthropists to define the areas of discovery that ensure the next generation of veterinarians will lead the field in veterinary medical education, research, outreach, patient care and the profession.
“These endowed positions within the College of Veterinary Medicine provide an incredible opportunity for faculty members to purse their fields of interest to advance the health and wellbeing of animals and people through a One Health approach to research and discovery,” said Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, DACVS, dean of the college. “Their innovative and impactful research drives the college to be a national leader in animal and human health as a top research-funded college of veterinary medicine.”
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees (BOTs) approves the establishment and appointment to endowed faculty positions and they are considered one of the highest honors an academic institution can bestow upon a faculty member, and these appointments were approved at the BOT’s August meeting.
Other endowed chairs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine that are currently filled include:
• Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness –
Roger Fingland, DVM, MS 85’, MBA, DACVS
• Robert H. Rainier Endowed Chair in Industrial Veterinary Medicine and Research –
Patrick L. Green, PhD
• Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine – Rustin M. Moore, DVM 89’, PhD 94’, Diplomate ACVS