John H. Rossmeisl, professor of neurology and neurosurgery and associate head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been named the Dr. and Mrs. Dorsey Taylor Mahin Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The Dr. and Mrs. Dorsey Taylor Mahin Endowed Professorship was established to recognize and reward a senior faculty member in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine for demonstrated excellence as a clinician and who exemplifies professionalism and compassion to owners and pets. The appointment is for five years and is renewable.
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2003, Rossmeisl’s research has been dedicated to the development of new therapies for malignant brain tumors, which represent some of the most aggressive types of cancers of both dogs and humans. His work is helping both veterinary and human patients, and he is considered to be among the top researchers in the world in the area of canine neuro-oncology.
Rossmeisl has been the author or co-author of 92 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters. He has given 68 scientific presentations in a variety of regional, national, and international venues, including France, Slovenia, Chile, Italy, and Great Britain. His research program has been recognized by two prestigious National Institutes of Health grants.
Rossmeisl’s interdisciplinary research and graduate student education program has been recognized with numerous awards from students and peers. He received the Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award-Clinical Sciences in 2008, the Virginia M. and Edward E. Thompson Award in 2011, the Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, and the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence in 2014 and in 2018.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.
Rossmeisl received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Auburn University, and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He is board-certified in both neurology and small animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.