Dodam Chosen to Lead
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Department
John Dodam doesn’t have the exact route plotted yet,
but he’s sure about his intended destination.
“I want this department to be known
nationwide for our research, teaching and clinical service,”
he said. “I want the Department of Veterinary Medicine
and Surgery to be attractive to faculty, house officers, and
graduate students because of our productivity and our team
approach. If we can accomplish that, I’ll consider our
department to be successful.”
Dodam, who has been a member of the MU
College of Veterinary Medicine faculty since 1995 and has
served as the associate dean of academic affairs since August
2005, recently accepted the position as chairman of the CVM’s
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He will officially
take over his new position beginning Sept. 1.
He said elevating the CVM to the level
of national prominence he envisions will not be without challenges
– challenges that necessitate fundamental changes in
the way the department operates.
“Support for both the university
and college are insufficient to allow us to continue as we
currently operate,” he said. “It’s imperative
that we figure out a way to move forward and enhance education,
quality of service, and discovery of new knowledge as resources
become even more limited than in the past,” he said.
He added that he will look to the faculty
and students for solutions to maintaining and elevating the
department’s level of excellence in the face of a funding
Dodam will take over the chairmanship of
the college’s largest department under a new organizational
structure that will see him working closely with recently
appointed hospital director Dr. Dave Wilson. While Wilson
will be tasked with the clinical management of the department,
Dodam sees faculty enhancement and hiring as his priorities.
“It’s a diverse department,”
Dodam said, “and we must use the professional diversity
to optimize synergism between our faculty.”
Dodam grew up in Maple Heights, Ohio. He
earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 from Ohio
State University. After two years of private mixed-animal
practice, he matriculated to North Carolina State University.
There, he completed a residency program in anesthesia and
earned a Master of Science in pharmacology and PhD in physiology.
At NCSU, Dodam was named a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral
fellow, and also served as a clinical instructor.
He joined the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital in 1995, teaching classes during all four years of
the curriculum and graduate level courses, including physiology,
pharmacology, anatomy, anesthesiology, emergency and critical
care medicine, and clinical anesthesia. After being named
associate dean, he continued duties as a member of the anesthesiology,
emergency and critical care and graduate faculty in the Departments
of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and Veterinary Biomedical
Sciences. He has also served as the college’s Mule Club
He and his wife, Ginny, reside in
Columbia. They have two daughters, Casey, a sophomore at Truman
State University, and Page, a junior at Rock Bridge High School.
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