Stefano Pizzirani - DVM, PhD, DECVS, DACVO

A veterinarian board-certified in both ophthalmology and surgery, Dr.Stefano Pizzirani treats the eye problems of the Foster Hospital for Small Animal's client animals. His particular interests are in ocular immunology and the pathophysiology of glaucoma, as well as surgical treatments for cataracts and other corneal diseases. He also teaches ophthalmology to Cummings School's third-year students and mentors fourth-year students, interns, and residents, in their clinical rotations.

The son of a veterinarian father, Dr. Pizzirani found a natural interest in veterinary medicine—as did two of his brothers, who also became veterinarians. While pursuing his DVM degree at Pisa University, he began to develop a particular interest in ophthalmology. I loved the pictures of the ocular fundus, he says. It seemed so beautiful, clear, and easy to understand. I had a blast. Two years after earning a PhDfrom Sicily's Messina University, Dr. Pizzarani moved to the United States to join the faculty of North Carolina State University. The transition to Tufts was an easy one, he says, and appreciates the cultural opportunities in nearby Boston and the proximity to the mountains and the ocean as much as the chance to undertake collaborative research with his wife, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Tufts VETS in Walpole,MA.

Dr. Pizzirani was one of the founders of Societŕ Culturale Italiana Veterinari per Animali da Compagnia, the Veterinary Association in Italy, and served as its president from 1987 to 1989. He and his wife, Federica Maggio, live in nearby Whitinsville, MA, with their young son, two cats, and a Cairn Terrier, Muchou.

Education

  • PhD, Veterinary Ophthalmology - Messina University - 1999
  • DVM - Pisa University - 1979

Board Certification

  • European College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology
  1. Pederson, S.L., Pizzirani, S., Andrew, S.E., Pate, D.O., Stine, J.M., Michau, T.M. 2016. Use of a nictitating membrane flap for treatment of feline acute corneal hydrops—21 eyes. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  2. Pederson, S.L., Pizzirani, S., Andrew, S.E., Pate, D.O., Stine, J.M., Michau, T.M. 2016. Use of a nictitating membrane flap for treatment of feline acute corneal hydrops-21 eyes. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  3. Abeijon, C., Daifalla, N., Krautz-Peterson, G., Pizzirani, S., Beamer, G., Frazatti-Gallina, N.M., Raw, I., Campos-Neto, A. 2016. Immunogenicity in dogs and protection against visceral leishmaniasis induced by a 14 kDa Leishmania infantum recombinant polypeptide. Trials in Vaccinology.
  4. Pizzirani, S. 2015. Glaucoma. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  5. Alario, A.F., Strong, T.D., Pizzirani, S. 2015. Medical Treatment of Primary Canine Glaucoma. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  6. Pizzirani, S. 2015. Definition, Classification, and Pathophysiology of Canine Glaucoma. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  7. Pizzirani, S., Gong, H. 2015. Functional Anatomy of the Outflow Facilities. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  8. Beamer, G., Reilly, C.M., Pizzirani, S. 2015. Microscopic Lesions in Canine Eyes with Primary Glaucoma. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  9. Halse, S., Pizzirani, S., Parry, N.M.A., Burgess, K.E. 2014. Mast cell tumor invading the cornea in a horse. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  10. Dubin, A.J., Pizzirani, S., Beamer, G.L. 2013. Corneal sequestrum in a dog with chronic unilateral keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  11. Pumphrey, S.A., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G., Needle, D.B. 2013. Glaucoma associated with uveal cysts and goniodysgenesis in American Bulldogs: A case series. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  12. Alario, A.F., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G. 2013. Histopathologic evaluation of the anterior segment of eyes enucleated due to glaucoma secondary to primary lens displacement in 13 canine globes. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  13. Murray, M., Pizzirani, S., Tseng, F. 2013. A technique for evisceration as an alternative to enucleation in birds of prey: 19 cases. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
  14. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G., Pizzirani, S. 2013. Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal feline eye using a dSLR camera adaptor. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  15. Pumphrey, S.A., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G., Sato, A.F., Buckley, F.I. 2013. Reactive histiocytosis of the orbit and posterior segment in a dog. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  16. Pumphrey, S.A., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G., Anwer, M.S., Logvinenko, T. 2013. Western blot patterns of serum autoantibodies against optic nerve antigens in dogs with goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  17. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G., Pizzirani, S. 2013. Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal canine eye using a dSLR camera adaptor. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  18. Maggio, F., Pizzirani, S., Peña, T., Leiva, M., Pirie, C.G. 2013. Surgical treatment of epibulbar melanocytomas by complete excision and homologous corneoscleral grafting in dogs: 11 cases. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  19. Pirie, C.G., Cooper, J., Pizzirani, S. 2012. Fluorescein angiography of the canine posterior segment using a dSLR camera adaptor. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  20. Pirie, C.G., Pizzirani, S. 2012. Anterior and posterior segment photography. An alternative approach using a dSLR camera adaptor. Veterinary Ophthalmology.

General Research Interests

  • Ophthalmology

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Gaucoma in dogs, uveitis,cataracts in dogs, corneal ulceration

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Ophthalmology
  • Antibody profiles in goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma. Glaucoma (spontaneous animal disease model); pathology