Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Kristine E Burgess


Dr. Kristine Burgess is a veterinary oncologist at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Dr.who also teaches medical oncology at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She collaborates with several other institutions to run clinical trials for new and advanced cancer treatments for dogs and cats, which may lead to better oncology options for both pets and humans. She is board certified in oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Growing up near Boston, Dr. Burgess had many pets and early on considered a career in veterinary medicine. However, after earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, she considered a career in basic science cancer research. She eventually completed research at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Netherlands Cancer Institute, where her cancer medicine and research interests were honed. She ultimately returned to her first love and went on to earn her DVM from the Cummings School then joined its faculty after completing her residency training at the University of Wisconsin.

While at the Cummings School she has had the good fortune of working directly with fourth-year students and residents during their clinical rotations within the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Dr. Burgess is honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the future of veterinary students and residents in their careers as veterinarians and veterinary specialists. As she says, I love the diverse mix of teaching, research and clinical service that comprise my position at Tufts University.

One of the most satisfying aspects of my specialty is the ability to do clinical trials using new or novel chemotherapy or immunotherapy, she says. Much like human medicine, these clinical trials can be an excellent option for pets with advanced cancers or for owners with financial limitations. It has been our experience that certain pets with a poor or grave prognosis can benefit from these treatments. It is those patients who have benefited most from these trials that provide a great deal of satisfaction, and the two-way path between veterinary and human oncology can benefit both animals and humans. There is no better feeling than knowing you made a difference in the life of an animal and the family who brought that animal to us. I am grateful for being able to offer our cancer patients top-notch, state-of-the-art and compassionate care.

Dr. Burgess lives with her husband and daughter, three dogs and many cats. She enjoys live music, biking, hiking and traveling.


  • DVM - Tufts University - 1997
  • MS - Harvard University - 1991
  • BS - University of Massachusetts - 1988

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Oncology
  1. Frantz AM, Sarver AL, Ito D, Phang TL, Karimpour-Fard A, Scott, MC, Valli VEO, Lindblad-Toh K, Burgess KE, Husbands BD, Henson MS, Borgatti A, Kisseberth WC, Hunter LE, Breen M, O'Brien T and Modiano, JF (2012). Molecular Profiling reveals prognostically significant subtypes of canine lymphoma Vet Path accepted for publication.
  2. Burgess KE, Mayer J (2012). A proposal for a standardized classification of ferret lymphoma Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine accepted for publication.
  3. Tsai S, Sutherland-Smith J, Burgess KE, Ruthazer R, Sato A (2011). Imaging Characteristics of Intrathoracic Histiocytic Sarcoma in Dogs Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 53 (1): 21-27
  4. Ito D, Endicott M, Jubala C, Burgess KE, et al. (2011). A Tumor Related Lymphoid Progenitor Population Supports Hierarchical Tumor Organization in Canine B Cell Lymphoma. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 25:890-896
  5. Thomas R, Seiser EL, Motsinger-Reif A, Borst L, Valli VE, Kelley K, Suter SE, Argyle D, Burgess KE, Bell J, Lindblad-Toh K, Modiano JF, Breen M (2011). Refining tumor-associated aneuploidy through "genomic recording" of recurrent DNA copy number aberrrations in 150 canine non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Leukemia and Lymphoma Early Online Edition March 2011
  6. Rau, SE, Barber, LG, Burgess, KE (2010). Efficacy of maropitant (CereniaTM) in the prevention of delayed vomiting associated with doxorubicin administration. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 24(6): 1452-1457.
  7. Burgess, KE, Wood, DR, Green, EM, Dubielzig RR (2010). Nasal Angiofibroma in 13 Dogs. Veterinary Comparative Oncology vol 9 (4):304-309.
  8. DeRegis CJ, Keating, JH, Burgess KE (2010). Review of immunohistochemistry and proliferation indices for diagnosis of canine caner. Veterinary Comparative Oncology, Submitted
  9. Burr, H, Keating, JH, Burgess, KE (2010). Feline Tarsal Lymphoma: A Retrospective, Multi-Institutional Study. JAVMA in preparation
  10. M. Gauthier, L.G. Barber, K.E. Burgess (2009). Identifying and Treating Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma in the Dog. Veterinary Medicine 104 (2): 74-81.
  11. Rau, SE and Burgess, KE (2008). PRL-3 Expression in Metastatic Cancers. Veterinary Cancer Society Newsletter.

General Research Interests

  • Understanding the molecular mechanisms that trigger the development of canine/feline cancer and applying those findings into improved diagnostic capabilities and therapeutic options for treatment
  • Participating in clinical trials that evaluate the use of novel chemotherapeutics and immunotherapies in various malignancies

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Lymphoma, osteosarcoma, transitional cell carcinoma, prostatic cancer, hemangiosarcoma, mammary (breast) cancer, squamous cell carcinoma in cats

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Oncology and Cancer Research and Clinical Trials
  • Genetic mapping of canine B cell lymphoma. Clinical oncology, spontaneous animal disease models of cancer, clinical trials