MSU appoints director of Veterinary Oncology Center

Contact: Curtis Probst, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, (517) 355-6570; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Jun 09, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Barbara Kitchell, one of the nation's leading veterinary cancer experts, will join Michigan State University as director of the College of Veterinary Medicine's new Comparative Oncology Center.

Kitchell's appointment, approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its June 5 meeting, includes a tenured professorship in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1.

"Dr. Kitchell brings to this position the perfect blend of clinical experience and administrative savvy," said Curtis Probst, chairperson of small animal clinical sciences. "Her presence will make our center one of the premiere veterinary oncology centers in the country."

Kitchell comes to MSU from the University of Illinois where she has been an associate professor of small animal medicine. She earned her DVM from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of California-Davis.

She is board certified in internal medicine and oncology. Her research interests include the biology of cancer, investigational cancer treatments and improving cancer diagnosis.

"Dr. Kitchell is looking forward to working on cancer-related projects with our colleagues in MSU's human medical colleges," Probst said. "That was one reason she was attracted to Michigan State."

MSU is home to two human medical colleges - the College of Human Medicine, which trains MDs, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, which trains osteopathic physicians.

Probst said the college hopes to begin construction of the cancer center within a year, with a target completion date of August 2005. The two-story, 42,000 gross-square-foot facility will house a linear accelerator, which provides radiation treatment for cancer patients, as well as modern exam rooms, holding facilities and offices.