Dr. Raymond Kudej is a board-certified small animal surgeon and instructor at the Cummings School, with special interests in nasal, reconstructive, thoracic and gastrointestinal surgery.
As a child growing up on a farm in north central Iowa, Dr. Kudej (pronounced KOO-gee) was always around animals and developed an interest in veterinary medicine at a very young age. He pursued a veterinary degree, PhD and surgical residency at Iowa State University before undertaking post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, where he met his wife. He was an assistant professor at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, prior to coming to Tufts in 2000.
In addition to his clinical and teaching duties, Dr. Kudej is also a cardiovascular researcher with special interests in ischemia tolerance and associated metabolic mechanisms. Prior to becoming an American Heart Association fellow in 2001, he was honored with the prestigious association’s Young (1998) and New Investigator (1999) Awards. He was given the Tufts Pfizer Research Award by the Cummings School in 2005, and was the school’s invited speaker at the V’07 Graduation and V’08 White Coat Ceremonies.
Dr. Kudej teaches small animal surgery to second and third year students and helps to oversee their experience in the spay lab. He also serves as a facilitator for the Problem Based Learning course and directs the Standardized Client Interview program, which teaches client communication and history-taking skills, and directs the surgery residency program at the Cummings School. What I like most about teaching is interacting with the students. They are all very impressive individuals, he says. I enjoy teaching in the clinics the most, where the students are kind of putting everything together and getting a chance to perform. I enjoy meeting the clients and watching the students develop their skills and confidence.
One of Dr. Kudej’s most memorable cases was a four-year-old golden retriever who was having difficulty breathing because of a large benign tumor in his voice box. After the surgery needed to remove the tumor, Dr. Kudej says,What I remember the most was that he was eating the next day, and the little dance and tail wag he did when the owner came to visit.
Dr. Kudej lives with his wife, Amy (a biomedical engineer and scientist at Genzyme) and their two young girls (Ellie and Emma) in nearby Westborough, MA. The family has a pet dachshund named Borghese. Dr. Kudej enjoys studying American history, restoring his 1886 Victorian home and is a member of the Westborough Historical Society. He also loves spending time with his family and friends, playing with his daughters and helping them to grow.
Surgical Residency, Tufts University/Angell Memorial Animal Hospital - 1999-2002
DVM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 1993
BS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989
American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
Clinical veterinary soft tissue surgery
Minimally invasive surgery
Cardia, thoracic, gastrointestinal, and reconstructive surgery
Gastric dilatation-volvulous syndrome
Ischemia tolerance: metabolism
Kunkel KA, Suber JT, Gerard PD, Kowaleski MP. Effect of pilot hole diameter and tapping on insertion torque and axial pullout strength of 4.0-mm cancellous bone screws. Am J Vet Res. 2011 Dec;72(12):1660-5.
Weh JL, Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ. Combination tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and transverse corrective osteotomy of the proximal tibia for the treatment of complex tibial deformities in 12 dogs. Vet Surg. 2011 Aug;40(6):670-86.
Aktay SA, Kowaleski MP. Analysis of suture anchor eyelet position on suture failure load. Vet Surg. 2011 Jun;40(4):418-22.
Hoffmann DE, Kowaleski MP, Johnson KA, Evans RB, Boudrieau RJ. Ex vivo biomechanical evaluation of the canine cranial cruciate ligament-deficient stifle with varying angles of stifle joint flexion and axial loads after tibial tuberosity advancement. Vet Surg. 2011 Apr;40(3):311-20.
Blake CA, Boudrieau RJ, Torrance BS, Tacvorian EK, Cabassu JB, Gaudette GR, Kowaleski MP. Single cycle to failure in bending of three standard and five locking plates and plate constructs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol.2011;24(6):408-17.
Cabassu JB, Kowaleski MP, Shorinko JK, Blake CA, Gaudette GR, Boudrieau RJ. Single cycle to failure in torsion of three standard and five locking plate constructs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2011;24(6):418-25.
Yeadon R, Fitzpatrick N, Kowaleski MP. Tibial tuberosity transposition-advancement for treatment of medial patellar luxation and concomitant cranial cruciate ligament disease in the dog. Surgical technique, radiographic and clinical outcomes. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2011;24(1):18-26.
Apelt D, Pozzi A, Marcellin-Little DJ, Kowaleski MP. Effect of cranial tibial closing wedge angle on tibial subluxation: An ex vivo study. Vet Surg. 2010 Jun;39(4):454-9.
Samii VF, Dyce J, Pozzi A, Drost WT, Mattoon JS, Green EM, Kowaleski MP, and Lehman AM: Computed Tomographic Arthrography of the Stifle for Detection of Cranial and Caudal Cruciate Ligament and Meniscal Tears in Dogs. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2009; 50(2):144-150.
Kloc PA, Kowaleski MP, Litsky AS, Brown NO, and Johnson KA: Biomechanical Comparison of Two Alternative Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy Plates Against the Original Standard in an Axially Loaded Gap Model: an In Vitro Study. Vet Surg 2009; 38(1):40-48.
Kim SE, Pozzi A, Kowaleski MP, and Lewis, DD: Tibial Osteotomies for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Insufficiency in Dogs. Vet Surg 2008; 37(2):111-125.