Animal Writes
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1 April 2001 Issue
PCRM Hit List

According to the Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM), of the 126 U.S. medical schools, 80 have no animal labs in any part of their curricula. The bad news: 46 still do have animal labs. Classroom exercises that traumatize and kill dogs, cats, and other animals lead med students to believe that animal cruelty is somehow a requirement for becoming a doctor.

PCRM has asked that we send letters to the following med schools with animal labs. This is a version of a letter I recently posted for Kinship subscribers to send to 3 other universities with dog labs. When you have time, please copy the following letter and send it to each of the listed universities. All still offer dog and/or animal labs:

**If you wish to verify any address/contact information, please contact
PCRM: 202-686-2210 

University of Alabama, School of Medicine
William Deal, M.D., Dean
1813 6th Ave.
South Birmingham, AL 35294-3293

Dear Dr. Deal,

I find it incomprehensible that the University of Alabama School of Medicine still offers courses that ask students to shackle and slice open animals, inject them with drugs or other toxic substances, and perform debilitating surgeries. Students observe traumatized dogs, cats and other lab animals until they are “used up” and killed. This is science? How does this lesson in empathy erasure save human lives or support tenable data?

According to Dr. Michael D’Ambera, a cardiac anesthesiologist, “The only thing a student can do in a dog lab that we don’t cover in the operating room is kill the dog.”

The United Kingdom outlawed the use of live dogs to practice medical techniques years ago. At Harvard Medical School, students learn surgical skills in the human operating room instead of dog labs. The realization that “lab animals” are too anatomically, physiologically and pathologically different from humans to react similarly has prompted over half of American medical schools to replace dog labs with viable and humane alternatives. Among them are: Yale, Ohio State, New York University, University of Michigan, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and Technion University in Haifa, Israel. Most recently, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine dropped their animal labs.

Please eliminate archaic animal labs, especially in light of increased student and community indignation. It is particularly illogical to cut apart dogs—whose tissue and internal organs deviate in texture and elasticity from those of humans—when surgical skills are better learned through human surgery, the human cadaver lab alternative, or computer simulators.

I commend any efforts that have been made toward offering efficacious research alternatives such as: Clinical trials; population studies; anatomically correct mannequins, simulators and 3-D models; CAT, PET and MRI scans; autopsy/biopsy studies; human cell/tissue cultures; lab-generated human corneas; three-dimensional epidermal models that simulate human skin; Corrositex (artificial skin to test a chemical’s corrosiveness); and interactive computer models and videos.

It’s time to evolve. I respectfully request that university administrators pursue the many humane alternatives that adequately train medical students—without sacrificing empathy or the life of another creature.


University of South Alabama, College of Medicine
Robert Kreisberg, M.D., Dean
307 University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Joseph Silva, Jr., M.D., Dean
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

UCLA School of Medicine
Gerald Levey, M.D., Dean
12-138 Center for Health Sciences
Box 951722
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1722

University of California, San Diego
School of Medicine
David Bailey, M.D., Dean
Room 1313, Basic Science Bldg.
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0602

Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
Brian Bull, M.D., Dean
11175 Campus Street, Coleman Pavillion
Loma Linda, CA 92350

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Richard Krugman, M.D., Dean
Health Sciences Center
4200 East 9th Ave.
Denver, CO 80262

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Carolyn Robinowitz, M.D., Dean
3900 Reservoir Rd., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Howard University College of Medicine
Floyd Malveaux, M.D., Dean
520 W. Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059

University of Miami School of Medicine
John Clarkson, M.D., Dean
1600 NW 10th Ave.
P.O. Box 016099 (R699)
Miami, FL 33101

Morehouse School of Medicine
Nigel Harris, M.D., Dean
720 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School
Robert Susking, M.D., Dean
3333 Green Bay Road North
Chicago, IL 60064

University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Gerald Moss, M.D., Dean
1853 West Polk St. M/C 784
Chicago, IL 60612

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Michael Bailie, M.D., Regional Dean
One Illinois Dr., P.O. Box 1649
Peoria, IL 61656

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
Bradford Schwartz, M.D., Regional Dean
190 Medical Sciences Bldg.
506 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61081

Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Daniel Winship, M.D., Dean
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153

Indiana University School of Medicine
Robert Holden, M.D., Dean
1120 South Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5114

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Robert Walker, M.D., Dean
1542 Tulane Ave., Rm. 214
New Orleans, LA 70112-2822

Tulane University School of Medicine
James Corrigan, M.D., Dean
1430 Tulane Ave., SL 77
New Orleans, LA 70112

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Val Hemming, M.D., Dean
4301 Jones Bridge Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Boston University School of Medicine
Aram Chobanian, M.D., Dean
715 Albany St. L103
Boston, MA 02118

University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Wallace Conerly, M.D., Dean
2500 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39216-4505

St. Louis University School of Medicine
Patricia Monteleone, M.D., Dean
1402 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Paul Roth, M.D., Dean
BMSB, Rm. 177
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Albany Medical School
James Mandell, M.D., Dean
47 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208

Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Antonio Gotto, M.D., Dean
1300 York Ave., Rm. F-105
New York, NY 10021

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Arthur H. Rubenstein, Dean
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574

New York Medical College
Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D., Dean
Administration Bldg.
Valhalla, NY 10595

University of Rochester, School of Medicine
Lowell Goldsmith, M.D., Dean
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 706
Rochester, NY 14642

SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Eugene B. Feigelson, M.D., Dean
SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine
450 Clarkson Ave., Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11203-2098

State University of New York at Stony Brook
Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Norman Edelman, M.D., Dean
169 Health Sciences Center
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8430

State University of New York at Syracuse, College of Medicine
Gregory Eastwood, M.D., Dean
155 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Weiskotten Hall, Rm. 1154
Syracuse, NY 13210

Duke University School of Medicine
Ralph Snyderman, M.D., Dean
106A Davison Bldg., Box 3701 Med. Center
Durham, NC 27710

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Nathan A. Berger, M.D., Dean 10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-4915

Northeastern Ohio Universities, College of Medicine
Robert S. Blacklow, M.D., Dean
Dean’s Office, College of Medicine
4209 St. Rt. 44
P.O. Box 95
Rootstown, OH 44272-0095

Ponce School of Medicine
Jaime Rivera Dueno, M.D., Dean
P.O. Box 7004
Ponce, PR 07732

Brown University School of Medicine
Donald J. Marsh, M.D., Dean
Box G-A1
Providence, RI 02912

University of South Dakota, School of Medicine
Robert C. Talley, M.D., Dean
Health Science Center, 1400 West 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

University of South Carolina, School of Medicine
Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., Dean
Columbia, SC 29208

East Tennessee State University
James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Ron. D. Franks, M.D., Dean
P.O. Box 70694
Johnson City, TN 37614

Meharry Medical College
A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D., Dean
Office of the Dean
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599

University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Medicine
Henry G. Herrod, M.D., Dean
790 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38163-2166

University of Texas, Medical Branch School of Medicine
Stanley M. Lemon, M.D., Dean
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1317

University of Texas Medical School at Houston
L. Maximilian Buja, M.D., Dean
6431 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030-1501

University of Wisconsin Medical School
Philip M. Farrell, M.D., Dean
1300 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706

Medical College of Wisconsin
Michael J. Dunn, Dean
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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