Dr. Ralph Henderson is professor of surgical oncology. He joined Auburn University CVM after graduation from the University of Missouri in 1972. Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a charter Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, subspecialty Clinical Oncology, Dr. Henderson helped establish the clinical oncology service in 1998.
His research has impacted broad areas of veterinary surgery and medicine. Highlights include the tibial compression mechanism of cruciate ligament injury; a technique for intestinal tube feedings; an intermediate duration tracheostomy technique; numerous reconstructive procedures; and, he and Dr. Mark Bohling documented the fundamental healing differences between dogs and cats. He has received 3 teaching awards, service awards, and was named the Robert and Charlotte Lowder Distinguished Professor of Clinical Oncology. He has been a prolific author and speaker.
In addition, Dr. Henderson has had opportunity to contribute directly to human health as an instructor for Basic Life Support (paramedics and nurses) and Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgery instruction (physicians and surgeons).