Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
R. John Berg

Soft Tissue Surgery

In addition to his role as a soft-tissue surgeon,Dr.John Berg also serves as editor-in-chief of the Tufts newslettersCatnipandYour Dog

Dr.Berg grew up in Southern California, Maryland and Switzerland. Although his family always had cats, his interest in veterinary medicine did not blossom until he attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate work. He stayed at the school for his master of science and veterinary degrees. Following his surgery residency,Dr.Berg spent a year in private practice south of Boston—but when a faculty position at Tufts became available in 1987, he jumped at the chance, compelled by the opportunity to teach and perform research at the same time.

Dr.Berg teaches in the school's Principles of Surgery and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery courses, as well as in the Problem Based Learning curriculum and the Accelerated Clinical Excellence course. While he enjoys classroom and small-group instruction, he finds hands-on instruction with fourth-year students particularly gratifying and likes watching them grow in confidence as they make supervised clinical decisions.

Although he is adept at all types of small animal surgery,Dr.Berg is especially drawn to surgical treatment of cancer in animals.It requires us to be creative and to be able to perform surgery in every area of the bodyhe says.I also enjoy working closely with owners of animals with cancer.

He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and an honorary member of the Society of Veterinary Surgical Oncology. He lives with his wife and two daughters, as well as an array of animals adopted from the Foster Hospital—including a German Shepherd, four cats, two guinea pigs and a hermit crab. He enjoys cycling, tennis, skiing and reading.

Education

  • MS - Colorado State University - 1985
  • DVM - Colorado State University - 1981

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Prognostic factors of early metastasis and mortality in dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma after receiving surgery: An individual patient data meta-analysis

Author(s):Schmidt, A.F. | Nielen, M. | Klungel, O.H. | Hoes, A.W. | de Boer, A. | Groenwold, R.H.H. | Kirpensteijn, J. | Amsellem, P. | Bacon, N. | Berg, J. | Kow, K. | Kurzman, I. | Maritato, K. | Moore, A. | Morello, E. | Sottnik, J. | Vail, D.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Preventive Veterinary Medicine

Association between outcome and changes in plasma lactate concentration during presurgical treatment in dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus: 64 cases (2002-2008)

Author(s):Zacher, L.A. | Berg, J. | Shaw, S.P. | Kudej, R.K.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Association between outcome and organ system dysfunction in dogs with sepsis: 114 cases (2003-2007)

Author(s):Kenney, E.M. | Rozanski, E.A. | Rush, J.E. | Delaforcade-Buress, A.M. | Berg, J.R. | Silverstein, D.C. | Montealegre, C.D. | Ari Jutkowitz, L. | Adamantos, S. | Ovbey, D.H. | Boysen, S.R. | Shaw, S.P.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Budd - Chiari-like syndrome in a dog with a chondrosarcoma of the thoracic wall

Author(s):Whelan, M.F. | O'Toole, T.E. | Carlson, K.R. | Sutherland-Smith, J. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Managing dogs with thoracic impalement injuries: A review of nine cases

Author(s):Zitz, I. | Rozanski, E. | Penninck, D. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Medicine

Septic pericarditis in a Yorkshire Terrier

Author(s):Wagner, A. | MacGregor, J.M. | Berg, J. | Sharkey, L.C. | Rush, J.E.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Canine digital tumors: A veterinary cooperative oncology group retrospective study of 64 dogs

Author(s):Henry, C.J. | Brewer Jr., W.G. | Whitley, E.M. | Tyler, J.W. | Ogilvie, G.K. | Norris, A. | Fox, L.E. | Morrison, W.B. | Hammer, A. | Vail, D.M. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Revision to gallbladder mucocele article [3]

Author(s):Pike, F.S. | Berg, J. | King, N.W. | Penninck, D. | Webster, C.R.L.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Esophageal perforation in a dog following an acute episode of gastric dilatation with 360° volvulus

Author(s):Streeter, E.M. | Rozanski, E.A. | Berg, J. | Walker, T. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Gallbladder mucocele in dogs: 30 Cases (2000-2002)

Author(s):Pike, F.S. | Berg, J. | King, N.W. | Penninck, D.G. | Webster, C.R.L.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Chronic diaphragmatic hernia in 34 dogs and 16 cats

Author(s):Minihan, A.C. | Berg, J. | Evans, K.L.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Cisplatin and doxorubicin toxicosis in dogs with osteosarcoma

Author(s):DeRegis, C.J. | Moore, A.S. | Rand, W.M. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Esophageal achalasia and secondary megaesophagus in a dog

Author(s):Boria, P.A. | Webster, C.R.L. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: Canadian Veterinary Journal

Prognostic significance of serum alkaline phosphatase activity in canine appendicular osteosarcoma.

Author(s):Garzotto, C.K. | Berg, J. | Hoffmann, W.E. | Rand, W.M.
Publication year: 2000
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Prognosis for Dogs with Nonlymphomatous, Small Intestinal Tumors Treated by Surgical Excision

Author(s):Crawshaw, J. | Berg, J. | Sardinas, J.C. | Engler, S.J. | Rand, W.M. | Ogilvie, G.K. | Spodnick, G.J. | O'Keefe, D.A. | Vail, D.M. | Henderson, R.A.
Publication year: 1998
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Principles of oncologic orofacial surgery.

Author(s):Berg, J.
Publication year: 1998
Journal / Book title: Clinical techniques in small animal practice

Effect of timing of postoperative chemotherapy on survival of dogs with osteosarcoma

Author(s):Berg, J. | Gebhardt, M.C. | Rand, W.M.
Publication year: 1997
Journal / Book title: Cancer

Canine osteosarcoma. Amputation and chemotherapy

Author(s):Berg, J.
Publication year: 1996
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Ultrasonography of the brain and vertebral canal in dogs and cats: 15 cases (1988-1993).

Author(s):Gallagher, J.G. | Penninck, D. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Schelling, S.H. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 1995
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Results of surgery and doxorubicin chemotherapy in dogs with osteosarcoma

Author(s):Berg, J. | Weinstein, M.J. | Springfield, D.S. | Rand, W.M.
Publication year: 1995
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

General Research Interests

  • Surgical oncology

Selected Research Projects

  • Evaluation of a novel tumor imaging system for intraoperative assessment of the completeness of tumor excision

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Tumor excision in dogs and cats, wound management

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Cardiovascular Diseases and Nutrition
  • Surgical interventions in CV diseases
Oncology and Cancer Research and Clinical Trials
  • Canine osteosarcoma as a naturally occurring animal model for human osteosarcoma, technologies for improving local control of surgically-excised tumors. Oncology surgery; identification of surgical margins.

Major Specialized Equipment

  • MRI, CT, linear accelerator, surgical laser, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic equipment