Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Virginia T Rentko

Hematology

Medical Director

Dr.áVirginia Rentko is a board-certified veterinary internist and became medical director of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Hospital for Large Animals and Foster Hospital for Small Animals in March 2011. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine,áDr.áRentko's professional interests include hematology, tissue oxygenation and general internal medicine. Prior to this position, she was hospital director at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole,áMA.

Dr.áRentko earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed an internship in medicine and surgery. She undertook a residency in Internal Medicine at the Cummings School.

Dr.áRentko is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. She has published articles in various scientific journals and book chapters on topics in hematology.áDr.áRentko has lectured internationally on the topic of blood substitutes, a topic which she investigated for much of her career. She previously held various management positions at Biopure Corporation, most recently, Vice President of Preclinical Research where she worked on the development of the first commercially successful blood substitute for dogs in the United States and Europe. During that time she held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Education

  • VMD - University of Pennsylvania - 1987
  • MS - The Ohio State University - 1983
  • BA - Boston University - 1981

Board Certification

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine

Vital organ tissue oxygenation after serial normovolemic exchange transfusion with HBOC-201 in anesthetized swine

Author(s):Muir, W.W. | Ilangovan, G. | Zweier, J.L. | Moon-Massat, P.F. | Rentko, V.T.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Shock

Regional blood flow after serial normovolemic exchange transfusion with HBOC-201 (hemopure) in anesthetized swine

Author(s):Mongan, P.D. | Moon-Massat, P.F. | Rentko, V. | Mihok, S. | Dragovich, A. | Sharma, P.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care

Regional blood flow after serial normovolemic exchange transfusion with HBOC-201 (Hemopure) in anesthetized swine.

Author(s):Mongan, P.D. | Moon-Massat, P.F. | Rentko, V. | Mihok, S. | Dragovich, A. | Sharma, P.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: The Journal of trauma

The effects of decreasing low-molecular weight hemoglobin components of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers in swine with hemorrhagic shock

Author(s):Rice, J. | Philbin, N. | Light, R. | Arnaud, F. | Steinbach, T. | McGwin, G. | Collier, S. | Malkevich, N. | Moon-Massatt, P. | Rentko, V. | Pearce, L.B. | Ahlers, S. | McCarron, R. | Handrigan, M. | Freilich, D.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care

Hemopure ® (HBOC-201, hemoglobin glutamer-250 (Bovine)). Preclinical studies

Author(s):Rentko, V.T. | Pearce, L.B. | Moon-Massat, P.F. | Gawryl, M.S.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Blood Substitutes

HBOC-201 (Hemoglobin Glutamer-250 (Bovine), Hemopure®). Clinical studies

Author(s):Pearce, L.B. | Gawryl, M.S. | Rentko, V.T. | Moon-Massat, P.F. | Rausch, C.W.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Blood Substitutes

Clinical application of a hemoglobin-based oxygen-carrying solution

Author(s):Callan, M.B. | Rentko, V.T.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Absence of immunopathology associated with repeated IV administration of bovine Hb-based oxygen carrier in dogs

Author(s):Hamilton, R.G. | Kelly, N. | Gawryl, M.S. | Rentko, V.T.
Publication year: 2001
Journal / Book title: Transfusion

Radiographic, biomechanical, and pathologic effects of hemoglobin glutamer-200 in dogs undergoing cemented total hip arthroplasty

Author(s):Braden, T.D. | Tvedten, H.W. | DeCamp, C.E. | Turner, T.M. | Hughes, G.S. | Rentko, V.T.
Publication year: 1999
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Red blood cell substitutes.

Author(s):Rentko, V.T.
Publication year: 1992
Journal / Book title: Problems in veterinary medicine

Canine leptospirosis. A retrospective study of 17 cases.

Author(s):Rentko, V.T. | Clark, N. | Ross, L.A. | Schelling, S.H.
Publication year: 1992
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

General Research Interests

  • Hematology

Research Interests by Area

Other Areas of Research
  • Blood products; hemoglobin replacement