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Hospital Welcomes New Clinicians


February 25, 2016

Dr. Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, DACVS, recently joined the Soft Tissue Surgery Service.

Dr. Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, DACVS, recently joined the Soft Tissue Surgery Service.

Several hospital specialty services have added new clinicians in order to continue to provide the highest quality patient care. With more than 120 faculty veterinarians and more than 100 resident veterinarians, the UC Davis veterinary hospital has more clinicians than any hospital in the country.

Dr. Derek Cissell – Diagnostic Imaging Service
Dr. Cissell is a new assistant professor with the Diagnostic Imaging Service. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, and completed a residency at UC Davis in 2011, as well as a PhD from UC Davis in 2015. Aside from his clinical duties, Dr. Cissell will be involved in teaching the DVM professional curriculum and will assist with training residents in the hospital. Throughout his career, he has published 12 peer-reviewed manuscripts, authored a book chapter, and recently completed a Comparative Medical Science Training Program grant funded by NIH.

Dr. Richard Pereira – Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service
Dr. Pereira joined the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service as an assistant professor in late 2015. He received his veterinary degree from the Federal University of Uberlandia in Brazil. Dr. Pereira followed that with an internship at the University of Florida (2009), residency training in Production Medicine at Cornell University (2011), and a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at Cornell (2015). He provides clinical veterinary herd health and reproduction services to beef, dairy, sheep, goat, and swine herds and flocks, as well as providing in-hospital clinical reproductive services and case management, including breeding soundness evaluation, pregnancy diagnosis, and management of fertility and infertility. Dr. Pereira’s overall clinical and research interest is to promote livestock health through the development and promotion of a sustainable animal agriculture system that implements animal health and production practices that are efficient, environmentally sound, and economically feasible.

Dr. Michelle Giuffrida – Soft Tissue Surgery Service
Dr. Giuffrida recently joined the Soft Tissue Surgery Service as an assistant professor. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She completed a residency in surgery at Penn in 2011 and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Florida in 2012. Dr. Giuffrida received her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (clinical trials track) in 2015. Her teaching experience has consisted primarily of clinical instruction of senior veterinary professional students and residents, which will continue at UC Davis. Dr. Giuffrida’s areas of interest are in oncologic surgical disease and veterinary clinical trials methodology and design. She will be involved in teaching the DVM professional curriculum, graduate clinical training in the hospital, as well as faculty clinical duties.