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James Toombs, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, (515) 294-2199
Tracy Raef, Veterinary Medicine Communications, (515) 294-4602
Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778


AMES, Iowa -- Dr. James Toombs, professor and chair of veterinary clinical sciences at Iowa State University, has been named the first recipient of the Donn E. and Beth M. Bacon Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

The Bacon Professorship is the first professorship at the College of Veterinary Medicine specifically designated to enhance instruction related to companion animals. It is named for Dr. Donn Bacon, a 1940 graduate of the college.

"Dr. Toombs came to Iowa State with an outstanding national reputation in orthopedic surgery, and has added greatly to modern concepts of external fixation techniques for bone fractures," said Norman Cheville, dean of veterinary medicine. "In a short time, he has proven adept at managing the academic program in veterinary clinical sciences, and is a worthy recipient of the Bacon Professorship."

Toombs' research focuses on surgical approaches, the evaluation of implant systems and external fixation techniques. Support from the Bacon Professorship will enable him to expand his research.

Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty in August, Toombs was a professor of small animal orthopedics and neurosurgery at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Toombs' received a master's degree in surgery from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (1980), a veterinary medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1976) and a bachelor's degree in general science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1972). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.


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