The minimally invasive surgery team at Tufts’ Foster Hospital for Small Animals includes:
John Berg, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Professor, Small Animal Surgery
Dr. Berg is board certified surgeon and a 1981 graduate of Colorado State University. He completed his internship at Cornell in 1982, and his small animal surgery residency at Colorado State in 1985. He spent a year in private practice before joining the faculty at Tufts University as a small animal soft tissue surgeon in 1987. He specializes in surgical oncology, and since 1998 has served as the chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts.
Dr. Berg teaches in the school’s Principles of Surgery and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery courses, as well as in the Problem Based Learning curriculum and the Accelerated Clinical Excellence course. While he enjoys classroom and small-group instruction, he finds hands-on instruction with fourth-year students particularly gratifying and likes watching them grow in confidence as they make supervised clinical decisions. Dr. Berg is an honorary member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology.
Michael P. Kowaleski, DVM, Diplomate ACVS and ECVS
Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Dr. Kowaleski is a veterinary surgeon specializing in small animal orthopedic surgery. He earned his DVM degree at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After several years in general practice, he completed his residency training in small animal surgery at Tufts University in a joint program with the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2002.
He earned board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003 and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. He was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at The Ohio State University from August 2002-August 2007 at which time he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. His areas of clinical and research interest include arthroscopy, enhancement of fracture healing, external skeletal fixation, fracture repair and orthopedic implants, total joint replacement, clinical and radiological assessment of limb alignment, osteoarthritis, peri-operative and chronic pain management, and the role of osteotomy in the management of joint disease.
Raymond Kudej, PhD, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Dr. Raymond Kudej is a board-certified small animal surgeon and instructor at the Cummings School, with special interests in nasal, reconstructive, thoracic and gastrointestinal surgery. As a child growing up on a farm in north central Iowa, Dr. Kudej (pronounced “KOO-gee”) was always around animals and developed an interest in veterinary medicine at a very young age. In addition to his clinical and teaching duties, Dr. Kudej is also a cardiovascular researcher with special interests in ischemia tolerance and associated metabolic mechanisms. Prior to becoming an American Heart Association fellow in 2001, he was honored with the prestigious association’s Young (1998) and New Investigator (1999) Awards. He was given the Tufts Pfizer Research Award by the Cummings School in 2005, and was the school’s invited speaker at the V’07 Graduation and V’08 White Coat Ceremonies.
Robert J. McCarthy, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Robert Rob McCarthy is a veterinary surgeon specializing in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Although he works primarily with companion small animals, he also performs surgery on exotic, wildlife and zoo animals. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, arthroscopy) of all types. Dr. McCarthy grew up in Natick, MA, and first became interested in veterinary medicine while he was an undergraduate student at Boston College.
He was offered admission to both veterinary and medical school, but decided to pursue veterinary medicine at Tufts, where he earned his degree in 1983 as a member of the school’s first graduating class. He served on the faculty of Louisiana State University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota prior to returning to Tufts as a faculty member in 1993.
Leslie has been the surgery liaison at Tufts Veterinary School since 1997. Her responsibilities include scheduling appointments and fielding inquiries from small animal pet owners and referring veterinarians.
Leslie also works with Dr. McCarthy to coordinate his clinic schedule and assisting him with appointments.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family including her black Lab, Stella, house rabbit Daphne, and Appaloosa mare, Sweetie.
She can be reached to make surgery appointments, including those for minimally invasive surgery, at 508.839.5395 x84794.