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Kristine E Burgess - DVM, MLA, DACVIM

Dr. Kristine Burgess is a veterinary oncologist at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, 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
  • Harvard University Masters of Liberal Arts Extension Studies, Concentration in Science – 1991
  • BS - University of Massachusetts - 1988

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Oncology
  • Dr. Burgess is currently seeking additional training in the field of radiation oncology
  1. Saba, C.F., Vickery, K.R., Clifford, C.A., Burgess, K.E., Phillips, B., Vail, D.M., Wright, Z.M., Morges, M.A., Fan, T.M., Thamm, D.H. 2018. Rabacfosadine for relapsed canine B-cell lymphoma: Efficacy and adverse event profiles of 2 different doses. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  2. Burgess, K.E., Case, A. 2018. The authors respond. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  3. Sogame, N., Risbon, R., Burgess, K.E. 2018. Intestinal lymphoma in dogs: 84 cases (1997–2012). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  4. Case, A., Burgess, K. 2018. Safety and efficacy of intralesional triamcinolone administration for treatment of mast cell tumors in dogs: 23 cases (2005-2011). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  5. Wilson-Robles, H., Budke, C.M., Miller, T., Dervisis, N., Novosad, A., Wright, Z., Thamm, D.H., Vickery, K., Burgess, K., Childress, M., Lori, J., Saba, C., Rau, S., Silver, M., Post, G., Reeds, K., Gillings, S., Schleis, S., Stein, T., Brugmann, B., DeRegis, C., Smrkovski, O., Lawrence, J., Laver, T. 2017. Geographical differences in survival of dogs with non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with a CHOP based chemotherapy protocol. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  6. Rau, S.E., Burgess, K.E. 2017. A retrospective evaluation of lomustine (CeeNU) in 32 treatment naïve cats with intermediate to large cell gastrointestinal lymphoma (2006–2013). Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  7. McQuown, B., Keyerleber, M.A., Rosen, K., McEntee, M.C., Burgess, K.E. 2017. Treatment of advanced canine anal sac adenocarcinoma with hypofractionated radiation therapy: 77 cases (1999–2013). Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  8. Mullin, C.M., Arkans, M.A., Sammarco, C.D., Vail, D.M., Britton, B.M., Vickery, K.R., Risbon, R.E., Lachowicz, J., Burgess, K.E., Manley, C.A., Clifford, C.A. 2016. Doxorubicin chemotherapy for presumptive cardiac hemangiosarcoma in dogs†. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  9. Palladino, S., Keyerleber, M.A., King, R.G., Burgess, K.E. 2016. Utility of Computed Tomography versus Abdominal Ultrasound Examination to Identify Iliosacral Lymphadenomegaly in Dogs with Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma of the Anal Sac. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  10. Burgess, K.E., Deregis, C.J., Brown, F.S., Keating, J.H. 2016. Histologic and immunohistochemical characterization of thymic epithelial tumours in the dog. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  11. Wendelburg, K.M., Price, L.L., Burgess, K.E., Lyons, J.A., Lew, F.H., Berg, J. 2015. Survival time of dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma treated by splenectomy with or without adjuvant chemotherapy: 208 cases (2001–2012). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  12. Tonomura, N., Elvers, I., Thomas, R., Megquier, K., Turner-Maier, J., Howald, C., Sarver, A.L., Swofford, R., Frantz, A.M., Ito, D., Mauceli, E., Arendt, M., Noh, H.J., Koltookian, M., Biagi, T., Fryc, S., Williams, C., Avery, A.C., Kim, J.-H., Barber, L., Burgess, K., Lander, E.S., Karlsson, E.K., Azuma, C., Modiano, J.F., Breen, M., Lindblad-Toh, K. 2015. Genome-wide Association Study Identifies Shared Risk Loci Common to Two Malignancies in Golden Retrievers. PLoS Genetics.
  13. Burr, H.D., Keating, J.H., Clifford, C.A., Burgess, K.E. 2014. Cutaneous lymphoma of the tarsus in cats: 23 cases (2000-2012). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  14. Halse, S., Pizzirani, S., Parry, N.M.A., Burgess, K.E. 2014. Mast cell tumor invading the cornea in a horse. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  15. Morges, M.A., Burton, J.H., Saba, C.F., Vail, D.M., Burgess, K.E., Thamm, D.H. 2014. Phase II Evaluation of VDC-1101 in Canine Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  16. Frantz, A.M., Sarver, A.L., Ito, D., Phang, T.L., Karimpour-Fard, A., Scott, M.C., Valli, V.E.O., Lindblad-Toh, K., Burgess, K.E., Husbands, B.D., Henson, M.S., Borgatti, A., Kisseberth, W.C., Hunter, L.E., Breen, M., O'Brien, T.D., Modiano, J.F. 2013. Molecular profiling reveals prognostically significant subtypes of canine lymphoma. Veterinary Pathology.
  17. Kahn, S.A., Mullin, C.M., De Lorimier, L.-P., Burgess, K.E., Risbon, R.E., Fred III, R.M., Drobatz, K., Clifford, C.A. 2013. Doxorubicin and deracoxib adjuvant therapy for canine splenic hemangiosarcoma: A pilot study. Canadian Veterinary Journal.
  18. Mayer, J., Burgess, K. 2012. An Update on Ferret Lymphoma: A Proposal for a Standardized Classification of Ferret Lymphoma. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.
  19. Tsai, S., Sutherland-Smith, J., Burgess, K., Ruthazer, R., Sato, A. 2012. Imaging characteristics of intrathoracic histiocytic sarcoma in dogs. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  20. Burgess, K.E., Green, E.M., Wood, R.D., Dubielzig, R.R. 2011. Angiofibroma of the nasal cavity in 13 dogs. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.

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