Comprehensive guide to cancer diagnosis and treatment in cats and dogs
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty &
Emergency Center (PVSEC)
807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Tel: 412-366-3400
The PVSEC Cancer Center combines all aspects of
cancer treatment and diagnostics under one roof:

  • MEDICAL ONCOLOGY to treat residual or
    metastatic disease with chemotherapy,
    immunotherapy (such as the melanoma vaccine), or
    molecular therapy (such as Palladia).
  • RADIATION THERAPY for tumors that cannot be
    completely removed due to location or extent, or
    that do not respond well to chemotherapy.
  • SURGERY to diagnose and remove tumors.
  • ADVANCED ON-SITE IMAGING to obtain digital
    x-rays, ultrasound, CT and MRI for diagnosing,
    staging, and planning treatment.
Board-Certified Medical Oncologists

Rebecca Newman, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)

Dr. Rebecca Newman received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
Prior to attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois, she worked as a researcher at the National Institutes of
Health in Bethesda, Maryland. While pursuing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Dr. Newman also completed a
Masters of Science in comparative oncology. After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she completed a
rotating small animal internship and a medical oncology residency at Michigan State University.

In addition to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Newman is an active member of the Veterinary
Cancer Society, and the American Association of Cancer Research.

In her free time, Dr. Newman enjoys playing soccer, ice hockey and snowboarding.

Todd Erfourth, DVM, DACVIM
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)

Dr. Todd Erfourth received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Albion College in Albion, MI. After
receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, he completed a small animal rotating
internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Erfourth completed his residency training as a medical
oncologist at Michigan State University and attained board-certification in oncology from the American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine.

In his free time, Dr. Erfourth enjoys swimming, hiking, basketball and martial arts. He currently has two cats, "Cringer" and

Bridget Urie, DVM, MS, ACVIM
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)

Dr. Bridget Urie is originally from southeast Florida and moved to Alabama to earn a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University.   Following veterinary school, Dr. Urie completed a small animal rotating
medicine and surgery internship at The Ohio State University, and remained at OSU to complete an oncology/hematology
residency and earn a Master's of Science in Veterinary Comparative Biosciences. Dr. Urie's clinical interests include T-cell
lymphoma, immune-mediated disease, and targeted therapies.

Dr. Urie has two dogs, "Clara" (AKA Googie)--a super-cute, yet very naughty, rescue Boxer, and "Bre", a very well-behaved
Labrador retriever;--and is owned by two orange cats: "Twerp", the old man who keeps the dogs in line, and "Booger", the
young punk who is the household comedian. She enjoys many outdoor activities, would spend every waking hour around
horses if she could, and is a huge SEC football fan "War Eagle!"

Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist
Christine Anderson, DVM, MS, MS, DACVIM (Medical Oncology), DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Dr. Anderson completed her Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Notre Dame.  Following completion of her D.
V.M. at the University of Minnesota, she completed dual Masters’ of Science in Clinical Sciences and Radiation Biology at
Colorado State University.  Dr. Anderson continued her clinical training in the prestigious Colorado State University
oncology program, completing dual residencies in comparative oncology and radiation oncology, and is double-boarded in
medical oncology (ACVIM) and radiation oncology (ACVR). As such, she is uniquely qualified to discuss all therapeutic
options available to owners of veterinary cancer patients.

After completing her residency training, Dr. Anderson spent 12 years treating medical oncology and radiation oncology
patients at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA.  She has multiple scientific publications and presentations on
veterinary cancer therapy, and has lectured at numerous conferences including annual Veterinary Cancer Society
meetings, ACVR meetings, and state veterinary medical association meetings.

Dr. Anderson has two cats, “Macy” and “Skye” and, outside of work, she enjoys anything outdoors, and now exploring

Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeons
Anthony D. Pardo, MS, DVM, DACVS
John T. Payne, DVM, MS, DACVS
Julie L. Compton DVM, MS, DACVS
Jonathan Anderson, DVM, DACVS
Michael Doornink, DVM, DACVS

Hope Chisnell, DVM, DACVS

Katrin Saile, DVM, DACVS