NYC’s Animal Medical Center Appoints Surgical Oncologist to The Cancer Institute

November 16, 2017

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Barbara Ross, Ross Public Relations,, 201-236-1771

(New York, NY – November 16, 2017) The Animal Medical Center today announced the appointment of Katie Kennedy, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA to The Cancer Institute as Surgical Oncologist. With this newly created position, AMC’s Cancer Institute now provides cancer patients with a comprehensive continuum of care including medical, radiation and surgical oncology.

Dr. Kennedy is one of only a few veterinary surgical oncologists practicing today and is the only trained veterinary surgical oncologist practicing in New York City’s five boroughs. Surgical oncologists play a vital role in the diag¬nosis, treatment, and palliation of tumors. They have specialized training in, and current knowledge of, tumor biology and are experienced in the management of both rare and common tumors. As a single modality, surgery cures more animals with cancer than any other treatment.; surgical oncologists understand how to integrate surgery with other treatment modalities, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, to reduce morbidity and improve outcomes

Previously, Dr. Kennedy served as a Staff Surgeon at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in San Francisco, CA and held a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins, CO. After completing a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and a Small Animal Surgical Internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Kennedy completed a Small Animal Surgery Residency at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Sciences degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Katie brings a great blend of clinical and surgical skills, a passion for research and education and a drive for innovation that will help take AMC’s Cancer Institute to the next level of excellence,” said Nicole Leibman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), Chief of Oncology at AMC. “At the Cancer Institute, we can detect and treat pet cancers more quickly, leading to better outcomes. Since opening two years ago, The Cancer Institute has grown, and this new position will fill a vital patient need.”

“The addition of Dr. Katie Kennedy to The Cancer Institute underscores our commitment to AMC’s core mission of education and research on naturally-occurring diseases,” said Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA, Chief Medical Officer at AMC.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Kennedy to the AMC family. She brings an unmatched set of capabilities to this new role and an inspiring vision to The Cancer Institute,” said Kathryn Coyne, Chief Executive Officer at AMC. “The new position of Surgical Oncologist will serve an integral role for AMC to provide a total spectrum of cancer care. We are profoundly grateful to Elaine and Kenneth Langone for their generous support and unique vision in making The Cancer Institute possible and for their unwavering commitment to AMC.”

Dr. Kennedy has authored numerous journal articles and has been awarded several grants in support of oncology research. She enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking and backpacking. “It is a privilege to join the country’s largest non-profit animal hospital,” said Dr. Kennedy. “AMC’s Cancer Institute is one of the only animal cancer centers in the nation-and the only cancer center in the area.”

About Animal Medical Center
Established in 1910, the Animal Medical Center is a non-profit animal hospital dedicated to providing compassionate and collaborative care to animals and to leading the advancement of veterinary medicine through innovative clinical research and education. For more information, please visit:

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