D. Michael Tillson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Arthur and Louise Oriole Professor, Small Animal Surgery

D. Michael Tillson Photo


Department of Clinical Sciences

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849



DVM, Kansas State University
MS, Kansas State University
BS, North Carolina State University, Animal Science, 1984
BS, North Carolina State University, 1983



Dr. Tillson earned the Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University in 1983, a second bachelor’s degree, in animal science, from NC State, cum laude, in 1984. He completed a Masters of Science degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, and the DVM from North Carolina State University.

He was a clinical instructor in Small Animal Surgery at Washington State University and completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Kansas State University.

He joined the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1995, as an assistant professor and currently holds the Arthur and Louise Oriole Professor.

Research Interests


Cardiovascular Surgery/Cardiovascular modeling, Transplantation biology/Renal transplantation/Mechanisms of immunologic tolerance, Instruction in general surgery and soft tissue surgery.

Publications and Links



Tillson DM, Neimeyer GP, Welch JA, BrawnerWR, Swin SF, Rynders PE, Dean, BU, Lothrop CD. Hematopoietic chimerism induces renal and skin allograft tolerance in DLA-identical dogs. Experimental Hematology 34:1759-1770, 2006.

Dean B, Tillson DM, Smith C, Brawner W, Almond G, Beard D, Lenz S, Lotrop CD. Clinical status, renal function and hematopoietic parameters of canine kidney donors. In press.

Doornink MT, Tillson DM, Macintire DK. Identification and surgical correction of an acquired tracheoesophageal fistula in a cat. Submitted; JAAHA, Aug, 2006.

Broaddus KD, Tillson DM, Lenz SD, Niemeyer GP, Brawner WR, Welch JA, Lothrop CD. Renal allograft histopathology in dog leukocytes antigen mismatched dogs after renal transplantation. Veterinary Surgery 35:125-135, 2006.

Niemeyer GP, Welch JA, Tillson DM, Brawner W, Rynders PE, Goodman S, Dufresne M, Dennis J, Lothrop CD. Renal allograft tolerance in DLA-identical and haploidentical and haploidentical dogs after nonmyeloablative conditioning and transient immunosuppression with cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil. Transplantation Proceedings 37:4579-4586, 2005.

Donnelly KE, Tillson DM. Feline inflammatory polyps and ventral bulla osteotomy. Compend Contin Ed 26:446-454, 2004.

Austin BR, Tillson DM. Chylothorax. Standards of Care; Emergency & Critical Care Medicine. 6:1, pgs 6-10, 2004.

Winkler JS, Bohling M, Tillson DM, Wright JC, Ballagas AJ. Portosystemic shunts: Diagnosis, prognosis nad treatment of 64 cases (1993-2000). JAAHA 39:169-185, 2003.

Book Chapters:

Tillson DM. Spleen. In Textbook of Small Animal Surgery; third edition. Slatter DH, ed. WB Saudners, Philadelphia. 1046-1062.

Tillson DM. Aseptic necrosis of the femoral head. In: Veterinary Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment, Elsevier Publishing, 2006.

Tillson DM. Diaphragmatic hernia. In: Veterinary Surgical Secrets, ed2. Hanley & Belfus, Inc, Medical Publishers, Philadelphia, Chapter 33, pp. 120-123, 2004.