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Dr. Clarence Rawlings

Clarence Rawlings, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Rawlings is a general surgeon who transitioned from Professor to Professor Emeritus in June 2004 after spending 30 years on the staff at the University of Georgia. He continues to practice as a surgery consultant.

Most consultation is providing endoscopic training in veterinary hospitals throughout the United States. These 2-6 days programs have accelerated the integration of rigid endoscopy into improved patient care. He is past-president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and directs Veterinary Endoscopy Training Symposia at the University of Georgia.

In addition to his clinical practice, he has conducted basic and clinical research into several areas involving heartworm disease, abdominal surgery, incontinence, and minimally invasive surgery. He works closely with surgical device companies.

His current research involves urinary incontinence and minimally invasive surgery. He is passionate about helping more veterinarians integrate endoscopy into their practices.

Mary Ann Radlinsky

MaryAnn Radlinsky, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Radlinsky is a board-certified general surgeon who has been on staff at the University of Georgia since 2002. She was an assistant professor at Kansas State University for four years prior, and was a surgeon in private practice before returning to academia.

She enjoys teaching students of all ages, and her research interest is in minimally-invasive surgery, specifically endoscopic treatment of chylothorax. She also is interested in other areas, such as respiratory surgery and its affect on patients.

She is active in the Veterinary Endoscopy Society, serving as its president for three years, and remains on the current board as past-president. She is quite happy to see more and more integration of endoscopy into practices across the globe and hopes to continue teaching veterinarians interested in keeping themselves and the field alive.

John Payne, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Staff Surgeon and Owner
Pittsburgh Veterinary Speciality and Emergency Center
Pittsburgh, Penn.

Dr. Payne has been the lead instructor for arthroscopy for VETS at UGA since 2002. He has nearly 20 years in clinical arthroscopy, has a high volume of patients referred for arthroscopy, is very familiar with the Karl Storz arthroscopy equipment, teaches internationally, and published on arthroscopy including the Arthroscopy chapter in the third edition of Small Animal Endoscopy.

At UGA, he is assisted by instructors in the laboratory by UGA orthopedic surgeons.

Todd Tams, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Chief Medical Office
VCA Antech, Inc.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dr. Tams has been the lead instructor for flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy for VETS at UGA since 2008. He was one of the first small animal internists to develop a subspecialty in endoscopy and has been teaching both flexible and rigid endoscopy for over 20 years.

Dr. Tams was the editor for Small Animal Endoscopy published first in1990, the second edition in 1999, and co-editor for the third edition published in 2010. He is also the editor for Handbook of Small Animal Gastroenterology. He lectures frequently on gastroenterology and endoscopy throughout the United States and the world.

At UGA, he is assisted by instructors in the laboratory by UGA internists.

Additional Instructors

In addition to the above lead instructors, an endoscopy training program requires additional expertise and experience teachers and staff. Some who have taught are listed below, many of which will be teaching this year. Depending on schedules and expertise, other instructors may be included on the teaching staff.

Mike Bateman, BS

Southeast Sales Manager
Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy

Mr. Bateman has provided support and assisted in technical endoscopic instruction to VETS for many years.

Steven Budsberg, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Professor of Surgery
The University of Georgia

Dr. Budsberg is a leading orthopedic researcher and surgeon. He is past President of ACVS, Past President of the Evidence Based Veterinary Medical Association, and Chair of the Council on Research for the AVMA. He has won many university and AVMA research awards including the Creative Research Medal for the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the AVMF-AKC Excellence in Canine Research Award, and AVMA Fido Research Award. He speaks widely on orthopedics, especially joint disease and pain management.

Jonathon Chambers, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Professor Emeritus of Surgery
The University of Georgia

Dr. Chambers is a long-time surgeon who has been performing referral arthroscopy for a couple of decades.

Autumn Davidson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Department of Medicine and Epidemiology
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Davis, Calif.

Dr. Davidson is an internationally recognized expert on reproductive medicine, with special expertise in transcervical catheterization and artificial insemination. She wrote this section for Small Animal Endoscopy.

Ellen Gladdin, BS, VMT, EMT

The University of Georgia

Ms. Gladdin is the first Endoscopy Technician for the UGA teaching hospital. She assists with the courses and provides focused training for technicians attending the courses.

John Huhn, DVM, MS

Director Veterinary Clinical Support

Dr. Huhn practiced before completing a large animal surgical residency. Following a faculty appointment, he entered corporate surgical positions. He currently provides his professional expertise to account managers and customers for Covidien. He frequently instructs in advanced laparoscopy and thoracoscopy courses.

Spencer Johnston, VMD, Diplomate ACVS

Department Head and James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
The University of Georgia

Dr. Johnston has served as an orthopedic surgeon at VPI and private referral practice before joining UGA. He also has lectured widely on his orthopedic specialty and his research on the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Katherine Lilley, BS

Regional Account Manager
Tyco Healtcare Kendall

Ms. Lilley has provided support and assisted with technical instruction on energy and stapling equipment to VETS for many years.

Timothy McCarthy, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS

Surgeon and Endoscopist
Cascade Veterinary Referral Center
Tigard, Ore.

Dr. McCarthy was instrumental in helping with the development of VETS and taught annually for several years. He was one of the first surgeons to develop minimally invasive surgical skills and practice. He is adept at flexible and rigid endoscopy, including both soft tissue and arthroscopy. He is the editor for Veterinary Endoscopy for the Small Animal Practitioner and was recognized with the AVMA Practitioner Research Award. He also provides endoscopy instruction through his company

Nathan Miller, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Staff Surgeon
Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Dr. Miller started his endoscopic surgery during his residency at the University of Georgia and has continued his minimally invasive surgery at three specialty practices. He contributed three sections in Small Animal Endoscopy.

Rob Miller, BS

The University of Georgia

Rob is the long-term laboratory supervisor for the student and the VETS training laboratories. He and his recruited technical staff provide critical support to course participants.

Carl Myers, DVM

Clinician and Owner of Theodore Veterinary Hospital
Theodore, Ala.

Dr. Myers has become an accomplished flexible and rigid endoscopist by taking many courses and applying minimally invasive surgery in his small animal general practice. He accepts local referrals and provides training in his hospital for basic rigid endoscopy.

Chad Schmiedt, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery
The University of Georgia

Dr. Schmiedt joined UGA in 2007 after his surgical residency and faculty position at the University of Wisconsin. His clinical subspecialty areas include renal transplantation, oncologic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

Steffen Sum, DVM

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
The University of Georgia

Dr. Sum has strong interests in both flexible and rigid endoscopy. He contributed to the Endoscopy Issue of Vet Clinics of North America and is developing expertise in cystoscopic treatments. Here, he (left) is directing an attendee through the pylorus during gastroendoscopy.

Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (small animal internal medicine)

Professor of Internal Medicine
The University of Georgia

Dr. Ward is an exceptional teacher with many awards. The most prestigious include the Norden award at University of Pennsylvania (2000) and the University of Georgia (2009), and the National SCAVMA Teaching Award in 2009. Her subspecialty area as a research and clinician is endocrinology, especially feline hyperthyroidism and feline and canine diabetes mellitus. She has taught flexible endoscopy to many medicine residents and veterinarians.

This page was last reviewed on March 30, 2012.

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