General Surgery: Wound Healing and re-construction; Diaphragm; Ear; Veterinary Education; Collaboration in Raptor Rehabilitation and Care.
Head, Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Bellah received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1979. He completed an internship in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University in 1980 and practiced for one year in Niceville, Florida. He completed a small animal surgery residency program at the University of Tennessee in 1984 and moved to the University of Florida where he eventually became Professor of Surgery and Service Chief of the Small Animal Surgery Service. Dr. Bellah received many teaching awards at the University of Florida including the Norden Award, Teacher of the Year, and Clinician of the Year.
He received board certification by the ACVS in 1986. Dr. Bellah has served on the Board of Regents for the ACVS and has also served on the Executive Committee, including serving as President in 2002. Dr. Bellah serves on the Board of Trustees for the ACVS Foundation. He is currently Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Auburn University, Department Head for the Department of Clinical Sciences, and is the Director of the Southeastern Raptor Center located on the Auburn University Campus.
Bellah JR. Diaphragmatic Hernias. Compendium’s Standard of Care in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. June 2005;7.5:1-7.
Bellah JR, Smith A. Surgery of the thymus. In: Slatter DL, ed. Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, 3nd Ed., WB Saunders:
Bellah JRand Williams JM. Wound Closure Options and Decision Making. In: Fowler D and Williams JM, Eds., Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, 1999;25-37.
Bellah JR. Traumatic Urethral Injuries. In, Bojrab MJ and Ellison GW (eds.), Current Techniques in Smalll Animal Surgery, 4th Edition, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 474-475, 1997.
Bellah JR. Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia. In, Bojrab MJ and Ellison GW (eds.), Current Techniques in Small Animal Surgery, 4th Edition, Williams and Wilkins,
Bellah JR. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. In, Bojrab MJ and Ellison GW (eds.), Current Techniques in Small Animal Surgery, 4th Edition, Williams and Wilkins,
Bellah JR. How and when to perform lateral and vertical ear canal resection. Veterinary Medicine June 1997:535-544.
Bellah JR. When should you recommend total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy? Veterinary Medicine June 1997:544-550.
Bellah JR, Whitton DL, Ellison GW, Phillips L. Surgical correction of concomitant cranial ventral abdominal wall, caudal sternal, diaphragmatic, and pericardial defects in young dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1989; 195:1722-1726.
Bellah JR, Spencer CP, Brown DJ, Whitton DL. Congenital cranioventral abdominal wall, caudal sternal, diaphragmatic, pericardial, and intracardiac defects in Cocker Spaniel littermates. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1989;194:1741-1746.