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.
    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.

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.          
 He 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.

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

                      Dr. Bridget Urie attended Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal
                      Sciences.  Dr. Urie remained at Auburn to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following
                      veterinary school, Dr. Urie completed a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at The Ohio
                      State University, followed by an oncology/hematology residency and completion of courses for a Master’s
                      degree in Veterinary & Comparative Biosciences.  She then attained board certification in oncology from the
                      American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist
Koichi Nagata, DVM, DACVR (RO)
Diplomate American College of Radiology (Radiation Oncology)

                      Dr. Koichi Nagata graduated from the University of Tokyo as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003,
 and completed a small animal internal medicine internship at the University of Tokyo in 2004. Dr. Nagata
 completed the Tufts University ECFVG Program in 2006 in order to obtain his US veterinary license.  
 Afterward, he completed an oncology internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in
 Springfield, VA and then completed a 1-year radiation oncology internship at the University of
 Pennsylvania.   In September 2010, before joining PVSEC, Dr. Nagata completed a radiation oncology
  residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia and became a board-certified radiation oncologist.

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
Jennifer Covey, DVM, DACVS

MRI & CT Imaging
PetsDx Veterinary Imaging
Gerald Frye, VMD