Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
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Oncology, Chemotherapy

Oncology

A board-certified oncologist,Dr.Lisa Barber specializes in treating dogs and cats with a variety of cancers. She also consults on large animals such as horses, as well as exotic animals. In addition, she conducts clinical trials to evaluate new cancer treatments and trains residents in clinical oncology.

Growing up in New York City,Dr.Barber did not have the opportunity to have many pets of her own. But she was always being the first to volunteer to take home the class gerbils, hamsters and a sundry of other animals during school vacations. Her curiosity about animals led her to pursue a veterinary degree at The Ohio State University. She served as a staff oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine prior to joining the faculty at Tufts.The long tradition of innovative clinical research in veterinary oncology and its location in a hub of biomedical research centers first attracted her to Tufts.

In addition to her clinical and research duties,Dr.Barber lectures on a variety of cancer-related topics throughout the veterinary curriculum, including a lecture on Evidence-Based Medicine. She also organizes a clinical skills course and for first-year veterinary students.I enjoy the diversity that an academic environment provides,she says.One day can be spent helping to design an international clinical trial of a new drug to fight cancer and the next day helping a student to master a basic medical procedure.

Nonetheless,Dr.Barber considers caring for pets the most rewarding aspect of her job. She contends that it is easy to remember the spectacular cases in which patients beat long odd, but it is the more modest victories in which the oncology service provides animals with more high-quality time than their families expected that brings her to work each day.

Education

  • DVM - Ohio State University - 1992
  • BA - Swarthmore College

Board Certification

  • Board Certification ACVIM, Specialty of Oncology

Criteria for designation of clinical substage in canine lymphoma: A survey of veterinary oncologists

Author(s):Barber, L.G. | Weishaar, K.M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology

Ulnar osteosarcoma in dogs: 30 cases (1992-2008)

Author(s):Sivacolundhu, R.K. | Runge, J.J. | Donovan, T.A. | Barber, L.G. | Saba, C.F. | Clifford, C.A. | de Lorimier, L.-P. | Atwater, S.W. | Dibernardi, L. | Freeman, K.P. | Bergman, P.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

A Randomized Trial Investigating the Efficacy and Safety of Water Soluble Micellar Paclitaxel (Paccal Vet) for Treatment of Nonresectable Grade 2 or 3 Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Author(s):Vail, D.M. | von Euler, H. | Rusk, A.W. | Barber, L. | Clifford, C. | Elmslie, R. | Fulton, L. | Hirschberger, J. | Klein, M. | London, C. | Martano, M. | McNiel, E.A. | Morris, J.S. | Northrup, N. | Phillips, B. | Polton, G. | Post, G. | Rosenberg, M. | Ruslander, D. | Sahora, A. | Siegel, S. | Thamm, D. | Westberg, S. | Winter, J. | Khanna, C.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Household chemical exposures and the risk of canine malignant lymphoma, a model for human non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Author(s):Takashima-Uebelhoer, B.B. | Barber, L.G. | Zagarins, S.E. | Procter-Gray, E. | Gollenberg, A.L. | Moore, A.S. | Bertone-Johnson, E.R.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Environmental Research

Efficacy of Maropitant in the Prevention of Delayed Vomiting Associated with Administration of Doxorubicin to Dogs

Author(s):Rau, S.E. | Barber, L.G. | Burgess, K.E.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dacarbazine as single-agent therapy for relapsed lymphoma in dogs

Author(s):Griessmayr, P.C. | Payne, S.E. | Winter, J.E. | Barber, L.G. | Shofer, F.S.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Antioxidant status and biomarkers of oxidative stress in dogs with lymphoma

Author(s):Winter, J.L. | Barber, L.G. | Freeman, L. | Griessmayr, P.C. | Milbury, P.E. | Blumberg, J.B.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Identifying and treating anal sac adenocarcinoma in dogs

Author(s):Gauthier, M. | Barber, L.G. | Burgess, K.E.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Medicine

Evaluation of adjuvant doxorubicin-based chemotherapy for the treatment of feline mammary carcinoma

Author(s):McNeill, C.J. | Sorenmo, K.U. | Shofer, F.S. | Gibeon, L. | Durham, A.C. | Barber, L.G. | Baez, J.L. | Overley, B.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Environmental tobacco smoke and canine urinary cotinine level

Author(s):Bertone-Johnson, E.R. | Procter-Gray, E. | Gollenberg, A.L. | Ryan, M.B. | Barber, L.G.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Environmental Research

Mushroom-derived Maitake PETfraction as single agent for the treatment of lymphoma in dogs

Author(s):Griessmayr, P.C. | Gauthier, M. | Barber, L.G. | Cotter, S.M.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Thyroid Tumors in Dogs and Cats

Author(s):Barber, L.G.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

CCNU for the treatment of dogs with histiocytic sarcoma

Author(s):Skorupski, K.A. | Clifford, C.A. | Paoloni, M.C. | Lara-Garcia, A. | Barber, L. | Kent, M.S. | LeBlanc, A.K. | Sabhlok, A. | Mauldin, E.A. | Shofer, F.S. | Couto, C.G. | Sørenmo, K.U.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The dog as a cancer model [2]

Author(s):Khanna, C. | Lindblad-Toh, K. | Vail, D. | London, C. | Bergman, P. | Barber, L. | Breen, M. | Kitchell, B. | McNeil, E. | Modiano, J.F. | Niemi, S. | Comstock, K.E. | Ostrander, E. | Westmoreland, S. | Withrow, S.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Nature Biotechnology

Comparative aspects and clinical outcomes of canine renal hemangiosarcoma

Author(s):Locke, J.E. | Barber, L.G.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Lineage differentiation of canine lymphoma/leukemias and aberrant expression of CD molecules

Author(s):Wilkerson, M.J. | Dolce, K. | Koopman, T. | Shuman, W. | Chun, R. | Garrett, L. | Barber, L. | Avery, A.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology

Prognostic factors for survival of dogs with inguinal and perineal mast cell tumors treated surgically with or without adjunctive treatment: 68 Cases (1994-2002)

Author(s):Kosanovich Cahalane, A. | Payne, S. | Barber, L.G. | Duda, L.E. | Henry, C.J. | Mauldin, G.E. | Frimberger, A.E. | Cotter, S.M. | Moore, A.S.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Combined doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide chemotherapy for nonresectable feline fibrosarcoma

Author(s):Barber, L.G. | Sørenmo, K.U. | Cronin, K.L. | Shofer, F.S.
Publication year: 2000
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Canine hemangiosarcoma treated with standard chemotherapy and minocycline.

Author(s):Sorenmo, K. | Duda, L. | Barber, L. | Cronin, K. | Sammarco, C. | Usborne, A. | Goldschmidt, M. | Shofer, F.
Publication year: 2000
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Immune-mediated neutropenia in 2 dogs.

Author(s):McManus, P.M. | Litwin, C. | Barber, L.
Publication year: 1999
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

General Research Interests

  • Medical Oncology

Teaching

  • Clinical Skills I
  • Basic and Clinical Pharmacology of Chemotherapy Agents
  • Small Animal Medicine & Surgery - Oncology
  • Evidence-Based Medicine - Lymphoma

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
  • Immunohistochemical investigation of canine thyroid carcinomas, epidemiology of canine lymphoma, prognostic factors and novel therapies for canine lymphoma. Clinical oncology, spontaneous animal disease models of cancer, lymphoma, clinical trials