Penn Vet has a new chair of the Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia: Dr. Oliver Garden, BSc, BVetMed, Ph.D.
As the new chairperson, Garden will lead the department in providing the best in clinical care to companion animal patients at University of Pennsylvania Ryan Hospital for Companion Animals. He’ll also develop new approaches to improving companion animal health through innovative and impactful research, and educate and train the next generation of veterinary students.
Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Garden served as professor of comparative medicine and immunology and head of the Oncology Special Interest Group at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He also served as a clinician in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, the largest companion animal referral center in Europe, where his clinical interests were gastrointestinal and immune-mediated diseases. Garden’s research focuses on regulatory T cells and myeloid-derived suppressor cells in dogs and mice, in both the healthy organism and in the context of autoimmune disease and cancer.
“Dr. Garden’s internationally recognized expertise and research, his enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration, and his desire for increased public understanding of the importance of veterinary medicine make him a perfect fit for Penn Vet,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn dean of veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “We look forward to watching the Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia thrive under his leadership.”