Dr. Stephen Withrow
As an intern, in 1972, at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, very green and young, I used to attend the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center rounds. I became aware that veterinary medicine could have a significant influence on human health, at the same time, treating animals.
Dr. Rodney Page
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.
Dr. Susan Lana
Before I even knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, I had an interest in studying cancer. While in college, I worked in the blood bank of a hospital with a large bone marrow transplant unit. There, I began to understand that cancer is so different. It’s not just one disease, it’s many diseases with many different outcomes. It’s also a non-discriminatory disease; anybody can get it. You don’t have to be rich or poor, black or white, or a dog or a cat…anybody can be touched by cancer.
Dr. Dan Gustafson
I went to graduate school in 1988, in biochemistry. It just happened that I was working on the biochemistry of drugs used to treat cancer. It was really that serendipitous. The kind of chemistry I was interested in focused on the development of chemotherapeutic agents. I studied them from a purely biochemistry side, with no thought whatsoever of them going into people or animals. And when I started, nobody in my family had been diagnosed, treated, or died of cancer. That’s changed dramatically. With four aunts, an uncle, and my mother having been diagnosed since then, the family history became very personal very quickly.