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 (2007-2008), and served as President of the North Bay Westside Chapter of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association in 2007. Dr. Tsugawa is currently a member of American Veterinary Dental College Credentials Committee, the Veterinary Oral Health Council, and serves as a reviewer for several international veterinary journals, including the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Surgery.

Professional Committees

2011 – present, American Veterinary Dental College Credentials Committee

2009 – present, Veterinary Oral Health Council

2007 – 2008 Chair Designate, American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee

2006 Co-Chair, American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee

2005 Examiner, 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

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

Supplemental Education & Externships

2003 Craniomaxillofacial Course
 AO ASIF Principles of Operative Treatment of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

2003 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Externship
 Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
 Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

1998 Alachua County Animal Services, Gainesville, FL
 Externship in Shelter Medicine

1998 Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, MA
 Externship in Cardiology and Feline Medicine

1998 The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY
 Preceptorship in Soft Tissue Surgery and Ophthalmology

Residency

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

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
 Staff Doctor

Publications

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

Lewis JR, Tsugawa AJ , Reiter AM. Use of CO2 laser as an adjunctive treatment for caudal stomatitis. 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. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 2000;15:204-210.

Book Chapters

Tsugawa AJ , Verstraete FJM. Suture materials and biomaterials In:
Verstraete FJM, Lommer MJ, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats. Philadelphia: 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: 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: Elsevier (Saunders), 2012;131-139.

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: 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

Dr. Tsugawa is the 2005 recipient of the American Veterinary Dental College Outstanding Candidate Award (sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health), a national award presented to a highly qualified and productive veterinarian who has recently achieved board certification in veterinary dentistry.

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