Dr. Rodney Page, D.V.M., M.S.
Professor and Director, Flint Animal Cancer Center
Stephen Withrow Presidential Chair in Oncology
I joined the Flint Animal Cancer Center in 2010, but for me it was like coming home. I graduated from CSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1981 and before that I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
I am a fourth-generation Coloradoan. My family, on both sides, came to the state as homesteaders. I grew up in Boulder, Colo., and I hiked, backpacked, and camped all over this state with my family, learning how to appreciate the outdoors.
After graduating from CU-Boulder with a chemistry degree and a plan for a career in human medicine, I attended Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. and earned a Master of Science in physiology. At that point, I decided that veterinary medicine was more interesting and I applied for and was accepted into Colorado State's College of Veterinary Medicine. While at CSU, I had the good fortune to work and study with inspirational professionals such as Dr. Steve Withrow, Dr. Ed Gillette, and others who encouraged me to pursue additional training in cancer medicine.
Following that advice, I accepted a residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 1984, I joined the faculty at North Carolina State University and helped establish one of the first comparative veterinary oncology programs. After fifteen great years in North Carolina, I became the founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research at Cornell University. In 2005 I was also appointed Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Throughout my career, I stayed in communication with my former teachers and colleagues at Colorado State University. So, when the opportunity arose to return to Colorado and Colorado State University as Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, I jumped at the chance.
The Flint Animal Cancer Center and CSU have provided an unparalleled opportunity to advance the discipline of comparative oncology. We have led the effort to discover how to work across species for the benefit of all during the last 5 years. However, it is the passion of the team and the resources available here that make it a privilege to create new ways to prevent and treat cancer. The patients and their owners still humble me – even after 40 years of being a veterinarian. The FACC makes us better scientists and better clinicians.