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 ano-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 nownormal,Dr.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 avery active and high energyLabrador 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

Ischemic stroke in Greyhounds: 21 cases (2007-2013)

Author(s):Kent, M. | Glass, E.N. | Haley, A.C. | March, P. | Rozanski, E.A. | Galban, E.M. | Bertalan, A. | Platt, S.R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

GM1-gangliosidosis in American black bears: Clinical, pathological, biochemical and molecular genetic characterization

Author(s):Muthupalani, S. | Torres, P.A. | Wang, B.C. | Zeng, B.J. | Eaton, S. | Erdelyi, I. | Ducore, R. | Maganti, R. | Keating, J. | Perry, B.J. | Tseng, F.S. | Waliszewski, N. | Pokras, M. | Causey, R. | Seger, R. | March, P. | Tidwell, A. | Pfannl, R. | Seyfried, T. | Kolodny, E.H. | Alroy, J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism

Recurrent vestibular paroxysms associated with systemic hypertension in a dog

Author(s):Timothy Bentley, R. | March, P.A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Degenerative myelopathy in 18 Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs

Author(s):March, P.A. | Coates, J.R. | Abyad, R.J. | Williams, D.A. | O'Brien, D.P. | Olby, N.J. | Keating, J.H. | Oglesbee, M.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Pathology

Genome-wide association analysis reveals a SOD1 mutation in canine degenerative myelopathy that resemblesnamyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Author(s):Awano, T. | Johnson, G.S. | Wade, C.M. | Katz, M.L. | Johnson, G.C. | Taylor, J.F. | Perloski, M. | Biagi, T. | Baranowska, I. | Long, S. | March, P.A. | Olby, N.J. | Shelton, G.D. | Khan, S. | O'Brien, D.P. | Lindblad-Toh, K. | Coates, J.R.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Clinical characterization of a familial degenerative myelopathy in Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs

Author(s):Coates, J.R. | March, P.A. | Oglesbee, M. | Ruaux, C.G. | Olby, N.J. | Berghaus, R.D. | O'Brien, D.P. | Keating, J.H. | Johnson, G.S. | Williams, D.A.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Effect of phenylpropanolamine and pseudoephedrine on the urethral pressure profile and continence scores of incontinent female dogs

Author(s):Byron, J.K. | March, P.A. | Chew, D.J. | DiBartola, S.P.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Diseases of the Brain and Cranial Nerves

Author(s):March, P.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice

Diagnostic Approach to Neurologic Disease

Author(s):Fenner, W.R. | March, P.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice

Bispectral analysis of the electroencephalogram: A review of its development and use in anesthesia

Author(s):March, P.A. | Muir, W.W.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Vertebral malformation, syringomyelia, and ventricular septal defect in a dromedary camel (Camelius dromedarius)

Author(s):Sakamoto, K. | Kiupel, M. | Frank, N. | March, P.A.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation

Superficial Necrolytic Dermatitis in 11 Dogs with a History of Phenobarbital Administration (1995-2002)

Author(s):March, P.A. | Hillier, A. | Weisbrode, S.E. | Mattoon, J.S. | Johnson, S.E. | DiBartola, S.P. | Brofman, P.J.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Minimum alveolar concentration measures of central nervous system activation in cats anesthetized with isoflurane

Author(s):March, P.A. | Muir III, W.W.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Use of the bispectral index as a monitor of anaesthetic depth in cats anesthetized with isoflurane

Author(s):March, P.A. | Muir III, W.W.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Comparison of the effect of propofol and sevoflurane on the urethral pressure profile in healthy female dogs

Author(s):Byron, J.K. | March, P.A. | DiBartola, S.P. | Chew, D.J. | Muir III, W.W.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Effects of morphine, lidocaine, ketamine, and morphine-lidocaine-ketamine drug combination on minimum alveolar concentration in dogs anesthetized with isoflurane

Author(s):Muir III, W.W. | Wiese, A.J. | March, P.A.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Erratum: Use of a disposable real-time CT stereotactic navigator device for minimally invasive dog brain biopsy through a mini-burr hole (American Journal of Neuroradiology (August 2002) 23:7 (1160-1163))

Author(s):Flegel, T. | Podell, M. | March, P.A. | Chakeres, D.W.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Neuroradiology

Pharmacokinetics and toxicity of bromide following high-dose oral potassium bromide administration in healthy Beagles

Author(s):March, P.A. | Podell, M. | Sams, R.A.
Publication year: 2002
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Use of a disposable real-time CT stereotactic navigator device for minimally invasive dog brain biopsy through a mini-burr hole

Author(s):Flegel, T. | Podell, M. | March, P.A. | Chakeres, D.W.
Publication year: 2002
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Neuroradiology

Ventriculoperitoneal shunt for treatment of secondary hydrocephalus in a Brittany Spaniel | Ventrikel-peritoneum drainage für die behandlung eines sekundären hydrozephalus bei einem Brittany-Spaniel

Author(s):Flegel, T. | Podell, M. | March, P.A.
Publication year: 2002
Journal / Book title: Kleintierpraxis

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