When it’s just you and a distressed animal in the middle of the night, textbooks are of little comfort. Dr. Goggs, the College’s newest member of the Hospital’s Emergency and Critical Care team, is committed to ensuring that aspiring veterinarians are well prepared to handle emergency situations, whatever time of the day they present.
“It’s critical that our graduates know how to respond to crises and make effective decisions regarding immediate diagnosis and treatment and know when to seek advice from colleagues, to give their patients the best chance of survival,” said Dr. Goggs. “Joining Cornell’s team—where I can inspire the next generation of emergency care givers and hopefully pass on any gems of knowledge that I might have—is a perfect fit for my teaching aspirations.”
Dr. Goggs became a member of the College’s faculty in October and will spend the majority of his time on the clinic floor, teaching and serving the emergent needs of some of the hospital’s sickest patients. In this capacity, Dr. Goggs will help students learn how to meet the immediate medical needs and to direct patients to the appropriate areas of the hospital for further care.
“Without the combined expertise of the specialists across the hospital, we would not be able to fully help our patients,” said Dr. Goggs. “In ECC, it is our job to stabilize the patient and then work with services across the hospital— surgery, medicine, cardiology, oncology for example—to transition patients appropriately.”
Dr. Goggs will also work closely with the residents and interns, who, he said, challenge him to continually learn. While students are more focused on the fundamentals, Dr. Goggs said that the interns and residents are hungry for the detail – the pathophysiology and nuances that affect patient management.
Dr. Goggs also finds great satisfaction in his research programs, which he will continue to pursue at Cornell. His areas of scientific interest lie in hemostasis and thrombosis, and he is anxious to collaborate with the wealth of scientists across the university. He hopes to work with Drs. Marjory Brooks and Tracy Stokol in the fields of coagulation and immunology, with Dr. Adam Boyko investigating the genetics of small animal diseases and with Dr. Rick Cerione in the College’s Department of Molecular Medicine, who works on small G-proteins.
“Evidence-based medicine begins at the research bench, but it is vital that our work translates into the clinic,” said Dr. Goggs, who hopes that through multicenter collaborations real insights can be gained into the causes and optimal management of clinical coagulation and platelet disorders including those associated with canine immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
The author of multiple original articles, reviews and book chapters, Dr. Goggs also acts as a reviewer for a number of journals. He recently completed his PhD research at the University of Bristol, following his residency at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.