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John E. Rush - DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM

As a veterinary cardiologist, Dr. John Rush has a special interest in drug and dietary therapies for the treatment of heart disease in small animals. He also performs many catheter-based procedures (interventional radiology), including the placement of pacemakers, coils and stents. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Rush teaches cardiology to second and third-year students and mentors fourth-year students in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

Growing up near Cleveland, Dr. Rush had a natural affinity for science and spent a great deal of time at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. I collected insects, and if I had not become a veterinarian I might have been an entomologist, he says. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate and veterinary degrees, then furthered his training in New York and Wisconsin. Drawn to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine by a love of teaching, he joined the faculty here more than 20 years ago.

He likes the mix of teaching, clinical research, and caring for dogs and cats with heart disease, as well as the motivated and gifted students of the Cummings School. He has served as the primary mentor for two dozen veterinary residents in emergency and critical care and cardiology and has published on topics ranging from heart failure and respiratory distress to quality-of-life issues for pets.

Off-campus, Dr. Rush is very involved with both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Emergency and Critical Care, and he is a diplomate of both societies. He has three dogs and counts home improvement as his favorite pastime.

Education

  • DVM - Ohio State University - 1984
  • MS - Ohio State University - 1984

Board Certification

  • Cardiology (ACVIM)
  • Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)
  1. Beaumier, A., Rush, J.E., Yang, V.K., Freeman, L.M. 2018. Clinical findings and survival time in dogs with advanced heart failure. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  2. Fox, P.R., Keene, B.W., Lamb, K., Schober, K.A., Chetboul, V., Luis Fuentes, V., Wess, G., Payne, J.R., Hogan, D.F., Motsinger-Reif, A., Häggström, J., Trehiou-Sechi, E., Fine-Ferreira, D.M., Nakamura, R.K., Lee, P.M., Singh, M.K., Ware, W.A., Abbott, J.A., Culshaw, G., Riesen, S., Borgarelli, M., Lesser, M.B., Van Israël, N., Côté, E., Rush, J.E., Bulmer, B., Santilli, R.A., Vollmar, A.C., Bossbaly, M.J., Quick, N., Bussadori, C., Bright, J.M., Estrada, A.H., Ohad, D.G., Fernández-Del Palacio, M.J., Lunney Brayley, J., Schwartz, D.S., Bové, C.M., Gordon, S.G., Jung, S.W., Brambilla, P., Moïse, N.S., Stauthammer, C.D., Stepien, R.L., Quintavalla, C., Amberger, C., Manczur, F., Hung, Y.-W., Lobetti, R., De Swarte, M., Tamborini, A., Mooney, C.T., Oyama, M.A., Komolov, A., Fujii, Y., Pariaut, R., Uechi, M., Tachika Ohara, V.Y. 2018. International collaborative study to assess cardiovascular risk and evaluate long-term health in cats with preclinical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and apparently healthy cats: The REVEAL Study. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  3. Karlin, E.T., Yang, V.K., Prabhakar, M., Gregorich, S.L., Hahn, S., Rush, J.E. 2018. Extracardiac intrapericardial myxosarcoma causing right ventricular outflow tract obstruction in a dog. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  4. McCobb, E., Rozanski, E.A., Malcolm, E.L., Wolfus, G., Rush, J.E. 2018. A novel model for teaching primary care in a community practice setting: Tufts at tech community veterinary clinic. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
  5. Cunningham, S.M., Sweeney, J.T., MacGregor, J., Barton, B.A., Rush, J.E. 2018. Clinical features of English bulldogs with presumed arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: 31 cases (2001-2013). Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
  6. Boswood, A., Gordon, S.G., Häggström, J., Wess, G., Stepien, R.L., Oyama, M.A., Keene, B.W., Bonagura, J., MacDonald, K.A., Patteson, M., Smith, S., Fox, P.R., Sanderson, K., Woolley, R., Szatmári, V., Menaut, P., Church, W.M., O'Sullivan, M.L., Jaudon, J.-P., Kresken, J.-G., Rush, J., Barrett, K.A., Rosenthal, S.L., Saunders, A.B., Ljungvall, I., Deinert, M., Bomassi, E., Estrada, A.H., Fernandez Del Palacio, M.J., Moise, N.S., Abbott, J.A., Fujii, Y., Spier, A., Luethy, M.W., Santilli, R.A., Uechi, M., Tidholm, A., Schummer, C., Watson, P. 2018. Longitudinal Analysis of Quality of Life, Clinical, Radiographic, Echocardiographic, and Laboratory Variables in Dogs with Preclinical Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease Receiving Pimobendan or Placebo: The EPIC Study. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  7. Aona, B.D., Rush, J.E., Rozanski, E.A., Cunningham, S.M., Sharp, C.R., Freeman, L.M. 2017. Evaluation of echocardiography and cardiac biomarker concentrations in dogs with gastric dilatation volvulus. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  8. Freeman, L.M., Sutherland-Smith, J., Prantil, L.R., Sato, A.F., Rush, J.E., Barton, B.A. 2017. Quantitative assessment of muscle in dogs using a vertebral epaxial muscle score. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research.
  9. Taylor, S., Rozanski, E., Sato, A.F., Rush, J.E. 2017. Vascular stent placement for palliation of mass-associated chylothorax in two dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  10. Pierce, K.V., Rush, J.E., Freeman, L.M., Cunningham, S.M., Yang, V.K. 2017. Association between Survival Time and Changes in NT-proBNP in Cats Treated for Congestive Heart Failure. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  11. Fahey, R., Rozanski, E., Paul, A., Rush, J.E. 2017. Prevalence of vomiting in dogs with pericardial effusion. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  12. Boswood, A., Haggstrom, J., Gordon, S.G., Wess, G., Stepien, R.L., Oyama, M.A., Keene, B.W., Bonagura, J., Macdonald, K.A., Patteson, M., Smith, S., Fox, P.R., Sanderson, K., Ley, R.W.I., Szatmari, V., Menaut, P., Church, W.M., O'Sullivan, M.L., Jaudon, J.-P., Ken, J.-G.K., Rush, J., Barrett, K.A., Rosenthal, S.L., Saunders, A.B., Ljungvall, I., Deinert, M., Bomassi, E., Estrada, A.H., Del Palacio, M.J.F., Moise, N.S., Abbott, J.A., Fujip, Y., Spier, A., Luethy, M.W., Santilli, R.A., Uechi, M., Tidholm, A., Watson, P. 2017. Effect of Pimobendan in Dogs with Preclinical Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease and Cardiomegaly: The EPIC Study - A Randomized Clinical Trial | Die Wirkung von Pimobendan bei Hunden mit praklinischer myxomatoser Mitralklappen- erkrankung und Kardiomegalie: Die EPIC-Studie - Eine randomisierte klinische Studie. Kleintierpraxis.
  13. Boswood, A., Häggström, J., Gordon, S.G., Wess, G., Stepien, R.L., Oyama, M.A., Keene, B.W., Bonagura, J., MacDonald, K.A., Patteson, M., Smith, S., Fox, P.R., Sanderson, K., Woolley, R., Szatmári, V., Menaut, P., Church, W.M., O'Sullivan, M.L., Jaudon, J.-P., Kresken, J.-G., Rush, J., Barrett, K.A., Rosenthal, S.L., Saunders, A.B., Ljungvall, I., Deinert, M., Bomassi, E., Estrada, A.H., Fernandez Del Palacio, M.J., Moise, N.S., Abbott, J.A., Fujii, Y., Spier, A., Luethy, M.W., Santilli, R.A., Uechi, M., Tidholm, A., Watson, P. 2016. Effect of Pimobendan in Dogs with Preclinical Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease and Cardiomegaly: The EPIC Study—A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  14. Yang, V.K., Cunningham, S.M., Rush, J.E., de Laforcade, A. 2016. The use of rivaroxaban for the treatment of thrombotic complications in four dogs. Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001).
  15. Hezzell, M.J., Rush, J.E., Humm, K., Rozanski, E.A., Sargent, J., Connolly, D.J., Boswood, A., Oyama, M.A. 2016. Differentiation of Cardiac from Noncardiac Pleural Effusions in Cats using Second-Generation Quantitative and Point-of-Care NT-proBNP Measurements. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  16. Boller, M., Fletcher, D.J., Brainard, B.M., Haskins, S., Hopper, K., Nadkarni, V.M., Morley, P.T., Mcmichael, M., Nishimura, R., Robben, J.H., Rozanski, E., Rudloff, E., Rush, J., Shih, A., Smarick, S., Tello, L.H. 2016. Utstein-style guidelines on uniform reporting of in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation in dogs and cats. A RECOVER statement. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  17. Rush, J.E., Roderick, K.V., Freeman, L.M., Cunningham, S.M., Yang, V.K., Bulmer, B.J., Antoon, K.N. 2015. Assessment of the responsiveness of the Cats' Assessment Tool for Cardiac Health (CATCH) Questionnaire. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  18. Lynch, A.M., O'Toole, T.E., Rush, J.E., Rondeau, D., O'Neill, K., Kudej, R.K. 2015. Acute tracheal compression in a large breed dog due to a dorsal tracheal membrane abscess. Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001).
  19. Freeman, L.M., Rush, J.E., Cunningham, S.M., Yang, V.K., Bulmer, B.J. 2015. Pilot study of a myostatin antagonist in dogs with cardiac cachexia. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  20. Li, Q., Freeman, L.M., Rush, J.E., Laflamme, D.P. 2015. Expression profiling of circulating microRNAs in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease. International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Hyertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in Boxer dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs, degenerative mitral valve disease in small dogs.

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Cardiovascular Diseases and Nutrition
  • Etiology of canine acquired valvular diseases and surgical interventions; genetic testing in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; Quality or quantity of life in dogs with cardiovascular disease
  • Tissue plasminogen activator in cats with ATE; NT-BNP in dogs with DCM, CVD and shortness of breath
  • Interventional radiography, genetic and nutritional factors for heart valve disease in dogs and cats, congestive heart failure, thromboelastography
  • Morphometrics in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Nutritional Basis of Diseases
  • Nutritional management of congestive heart failure

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac catheterization laboratory