Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Philip March

Epilepsy, Syringohydromyelia, Neuroanesthesia

Dr. Philip March is a veterinary neurologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating neurological problems in small animals—including seizures, brain tumors, strokes, spinal cord injuries and various diseases of muscles and nerves. He also teaches veterinary neurobiology at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr.March is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in neurology.

Dr. March grew up in New Hampshire and spent much of his teen years working part time at a local veterinary practice. He says his interest in animals combined with his scientific background made his decision to pursue veterinary medicine a no-brainer.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Dr. March was on faculty as a veterinary neurologist at Purdue University and the Ohio State University. He was drawn to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine by the Foster Hospital's strong reputation as a hospital with a busy neurology caseload, excellent clinical staff and opportunities for clinical research.

Dr. March's memorable cases include a young adult dog named Gussie who had the rare condition of narcolepsy. The patient had signs of weakness and lethargy that worsened with exercise, but more common problems were ruled out. Gussie responded dramatically to narcoleptic medications and is now normalDr. March says. He also recalls a challenging case involving a geriatric cat with an unusual tumor in her abdomen that caused excessive potassium depletion, or Conn's Syndrome. This resulted in severe neuromuscular weakness until the potassium imbalance was corrected.

Dr. March says his greatest reward is successfully treating and managing patients with challenging conditions. He also enjoys the close working and personal relationships with many of his colleagues.

Dr. March received the Alpha Psi Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching at Tufts in February 2009.

Dr. March lives in North Grafton with a very active and high energy Labrador mix named Buddy. He enjoys spending time with his three nephews, hiking, skiing and playing tennis. His hobbies include photography, sketching, painting and collecting butterflies.

Education

  • DVM - The Ohio State University - 1985
  • MS - Texas A&M University - 1981
  • BA - Amherst College - 1977

House Officer Training

  • Rotating Small Animal Internship - Animal Medical Center, NYC - 1985-1986
  • Neurology Residency - Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - 1988-1991

Board Certification

  • ACVIM - Neurology
  1. Bentley RT, March PA. Bentley RT, March PA. Recurrent vestibular paroxysms associated with systemic hypertension in a dog. J Amer Vet Med Assoc, 2011; 239(5):652-655.
  2. March PA, Coates JR, Abyad R, Williams DA, O’Brien DP, Olby NJ, Keating JH, Oglesbee M. Degenerative myelopathy in 18 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Dogs. Vet Pathol, 2009; 46:241-259.
  3. Awano T, Johnson GC, Wade CM, Katz ML, Johnson GC, Taylor JF, Perloski M, Biagi T, Baranowska I, Long S, March PA, Olby NJ, Shelton GD, Khan S, O’Brien DP, Lindblad-Toh KA, Coates JR. Genome-wide association analysis reveals a SOD1 mutation in canine degenerative myelopathy that resembles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci (PNAS), 2009; 106 (8): 2794-2799.
  4. Coates JR, March PA, Oglesbee M, Ruaux CG, Olby NJ, Berghaus RD, O’Brien DP, Keating JH, Johnson GS, Williams DA. Clinical characterization of a familial degenerative myelopathy in Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs. J Vet Int Med, 2007; 21 (6):1323-1331.
  5. Byron JK, March PA, Chew DJ, DiBartola SP. Effect of phenylpropanolamine and pseudoephedrine on the urethral pressure profile and continence scores of incontinent female dogs. J Vet Int Med, 2007; 21 (1):47-53.

General Research Interests

  • Magnetic resonance imaging in brain tumor, stroke, and encephalitis diagnosis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases, including degenerative myelopathy, age-related brain degeneration

Selected Research Projects

  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the diagnosis of brain tumors

Teaching

  • Core Veterinary Neurobiology (2nd year) - Course Director
  • Core Clinical Neurology Rotation (senior year clinics) - Rotation Director

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Neurodegenerative disease in dogs, menigiomas and gliomas in dogs, intervertebral disk disease

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Neurology and Behavior
  • Assesssment of CSF flow and brain lesions using MRI. Clinical neurology research in dogs and cats; magnetic resonance spectroscopy