Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Stefano Pizzirani

Ophthalmology

A veterinarian board-certified in both ophthalmology and surgery,áDr.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,áDr.áPizzirani found a natural interest in veterinary medicine—as did two of his brothers, who also became veterinarians. While pursuing hisáDVMádegree at Pisa University, he began to develop a particular interest in ophthalmology.áI loved the pictures of the ocular fundus,áhe says.áIt seemed so beautiful, clear, and easy to understand. I had a blast.áTwo years after earning aáPhDfrom Sicily's Messina University,áDr.áPizzarani 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 atáTuftsáVETSáin Walpole,MA.

Dr.áPizzirani was one of the founders of SocietÓ 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,áMA, 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

Mast cell tumor invading the cornea in a horse

Author(s):Halse, S. | Pizzirani, S. | Parry, N.M.A. | Burgess, K.E.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Corneal sequestrum in a dog with chronic unilateral keratoconjunctivitis sicca

Author(s):Dubin, A.J. | Pizzirani, S. | Beamer, G.L.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Glaucoma associated with uveal cysts and goniodysgenesis in American Bulldogs: A case series

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G. | Needle, D.B.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Histopathologic evaluation of the anterior segment of eyes enucleated due to glaucoma secondary to primary lens displacement in 13 canine globes

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

A technique for evisceration as an alternative to enucleation in birds of prey: 19 cases

Author(s):Murray, M. | Pizzirani, S. | Tseng, F.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery

Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal feline eye using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Reactive histiocytosis of the orbit and posterior segment in a dog

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G. | Sato, A.F. | Buckley, F.I.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Western blot patterns of serum autoantibodies against optic nerve antigens in dogs with goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G. | Anwer, M.S. | Logvinenko, T.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal canine eye using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Surgical treatment of epibulbar melanocytomas by complete excision and homologous corneoscleral grafting in dogs: 11 cases

Author(s):Maggio, F. | Pizzirani, S. | Pe├▒a, T. | Leiva, M. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Fluorescein angiography of the canine posterior segment using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Cooper, J. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Anterior and posterior segment photography. An alternative approach using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Acute primary canine herpesvirus-1 dendritic ulcerative keratitis in an adult dog

Author(s):Gervais, K.J. | Pirie, C.G. | Ledbetter, E.C. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Reflex-free digital fundus photography using a simple and portable camera adaptor system. A viable alternative

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine

Measurement of corneal sensitivity in 20 ophthalmologically normal alpacas

Author(s):Welihozkiy, A. | Bedenice, D. | Price, L.L. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Scleral and suprachoroidal foreign body in a dog - a case report

Author(s):Welihozkiy, A. | Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

360-degree conjunctival grafting for management of diffuse keratomalacia in a dog

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Effect of topical 0.03% flurbiprofen and 0.005% latanoprost, alone and in combination, on normal canine eyes

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Maranda, L.S. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Corneal epithelial inclusion cyst in a Llama

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S. | Parry, N.M.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Transpupillary diode laser retinopexy in dogs: Ophthalmoscopic, fluorescein angiographic and histopathologic study

Author(s):Pizzirani, S. | Davidson, M.G. | Gilger, B.C.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: 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