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
  1. Takashima-Uebelhoer, Barber LG, Zagarins SE, Protcter-Gray E, Gollenberg A, Moore AS, Bertone-Johnson ER. Household chemical exposures and the risk of canine malignant lymphoma, a model for human non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Environmental Research 2012; 112:171-176.
  2. Rau SE, Barber LG, Burgess KE. Efficacy of maropitant in the prevention of delayed vomiting associated with administration of doxorubicin to dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2010; 24:1452-1457.
  3. Griessmayr P, Payne S, Winter J, Barber LG, Shofer F. Dacarbazine (DTIC) as single-agent therapy for relapsed lymphoma in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2009; 23:1227-1231.
  4. Winter JL, Barber LG, Freeman L, Griessmayr PC, Milbury PE, Blumberg JB. Antioxidant status and biomarkers of oxidative stress in dogs with lymphoma. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2009; 23:311-316.
  5. Gauthier MJ, Barber LG, Burgess KE. Identifying and treating anal sac carcinoma in dogs. Veterinary Medicine 2009; 104(2):74-81.
  6. McNeil C, Sorenmo K, Shofer F, Gibeon L, Durham A, Barber LG, Baez J, Overley B. Evaluation of adjuvant doxorubicin-based chemotherapy for the treatment of feline mammary carcinoma. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2009; 23:123-129.
  7. Bertone-Johnson ER, Procter-Gray E, Gollenberg AL, Ryan M, Barber LG. Environmental tobacco smoke and canine urinary cotinine level. Environmental Research, 2008; 106:361-364.

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