Meet Dr. Tsugawa

Biography

Dr. Anson J. Tsugawa graduated as a veterinarian from the  University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (Akron, OH) and a three-year residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California-Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. During the final year of his residency, he was elected as Chief Resident of the Small Animal Clinic.

Dr. Tsugawa became board certified in veterinary dentistry (Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College) in 2004, and was the 2005 recipient of the American Veterinary Dental College Outstanding Candidate Award, a national award presented to a highly qualified and productive veterinarian who has recently achieved board certification in veterinary dentistry.

He is the previous Chairman of the American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee, and has also served as President of the North Bay Westside Chapter of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Tsugawa is currently the Co-Chair of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Grants Committee, serves as a reviewer for several international high impact factor veterinary journals, including Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Surgery, has authored numerous textbook chapters on veterinary oral and maxillofacial surgery, and recently co-edited a textbook in veterinary dentistry that is recommended reading for candidates preparing for their specialty board examinations.

Dr. Tsugawa lives in Woodland Hills with his wife, Kristina, who also works in the veterinary industry, as the administrator of a well-respected San Fernando Valley multi-specialty veterinary hospital, and their blended family that includes three Pug dogs, Sasha, Ben (a.k.a., Benihana) and Katsu.

Board Certification

2004 – American Veterinary Dental College (Non-species Specific/Small Animal)

Professional Affiliations

Professional Licensure

State of California (VET 15747)

Professional Committees

2017 – Present Co-Chair, Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Grants Committee

2017 – Present Committee Member, American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee

2015 – Present Review Editor, Veterinary Dentistry and Oromaxillofacial Surgery, Frontiers in Veterinary Science

2014 – 2017 Committee Member, American Veterinary Dental College Appeals Committee

2013 – 2017 Committee Member, Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Grants Committee

2012 – Present Editorial Board, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry

2011 – 2014 Committee Member, American Veterinary Dental College Credentials Committee

2009 – 2016 Committee Member, Veterinary Oral Health Council

2007 – 2008 Chair, American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee

2006 Co-Chair, American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee

2005 Committee Member, American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee

Education

University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Major: Biological Sciences

Lutheran High School of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Valedictorian

Teaching

2013 – Present   Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, CA
Clinical Preceptor

2002 – 2004   University of Pennsylvania, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer in Dentistry

Residency

2001 – 2002 University of California, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, CA
 Chief Resident, Small Animal Clinic

1999 – 2002 University of California, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, CA
 Resident, Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Internship

1998 – 1999 Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Akron, OH
 

Publications

Verstraete FJ, Tsugawa AJ. Missile trauma in dogs. Dent Traumatol. 2009;25:245.

Lewis JR, Tsugawa AJ, Reiter AR. Lasers in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery: introduction to laser physics and case report. J Vet Dent. 2007;24:240-249.

Lewis JR, Tsugawa AJ. Gingival hyperplasia and granulation tissue associated with a feline dental resorptive lesion. J Vet Dent. 2004;21:23-25.

Verstraete FJM, Tsugawa AJ. Aspects of pulp capping of teeth in dogs. Dent Traumatol. 2004;20:109.

Tsugawa AJ. Dental terminology in question. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2004;224:207-208.

Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM, Kass PH, et al. Diagnostic value of the use of lateral and occlusal radiographic views in comparison with periodontal probing for the assessment of periodontal attachment of the canine teeth in dogs. Am J Vet Res. 2003;64:255-261.

Görrel C, Tsugawa AJ. Endodontics. UK Vet. 2001;6:1-5.

Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM. How to obtain and interpret periodontal radiographs in dogs. Clinical Techniques in Small Animal Practice. 2000;15:204-210.

Books

Verstraete FJM, Tsugawa AJVeterinary Dentistry: Self-Assessment Color Review, 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2015.

Book Chapters

Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM. Suture materials and biomaterials. In. Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, Arzi B, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats, 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier (Saunders); 2020: 79-91.

Tsugawa AJ, Lommer MJ, Verstraete FJM. Extraction of canine teeth in dogs. In. Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, Arzi B, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats, 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier (Saunders); 2020: 142-150.

Tsugawa AJ, Lommer MJ, Verstraete FJM. Extraction of multirooted teeth in dogs. In. Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, Arzi B, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats, 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier (Saunders); 2020: 151-159.

Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM. Maxillofacial fracture repair using external skeletal fixation. In. Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, Arzi B, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats, 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier (Saunders); 2020: 339-350.

Tsugawa AJ. Tooth extractions. In: Griffon D, Hamaide A, eds. Complications in Small Animal Surgery. Ames, IA: Wiley Blackwell; 2016: 249-262.

Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM. Suture materials and biomaterials. In: Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier (Saunders): 2012: 69-78.

Tsugawa AJ, Lommer MJ, Verstraete FJM. Extraction of canine teeth in dogs. In: Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier (Saunders): 2012: 121-129.

Lommer MJ, Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM. Extraction of multirooted teeth in dogs. In: Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier (Saunders): 2012: 131-319.

Tsugawa AJ, Verstraete FJM. Maxillofacial fracture repair using external skeletal fixation. In: Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier (Saunders): 2012: 309-319.

Press

Dr. Tsugawa and several of his colleagues were featured on a segment of the 5 PM KCBS 2 news on Wednesday, May 24th and at 9 PM KCAL 9 news on Friday, May 26th, 2006.

Awards and Honors

2019 Thomas P. Sollecito One Health Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

2005 American Veterinary Dental College Outstanding Candidate Award

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