Dr. James Fingeroth, ACVS
Dr. Fingeroth joined OPVMC in 2009 as our Senior Staff Surgeon, after having practiced for almost 30 years in both university teaching hospitals and private referral centers. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in various surgical fields, including orthopedics, neurosurgery, endocrine and oncologic (cancer) surgery. In addition to his duties at OPVMC Dr. Fingeroth is a senior consultant to the Veterinary Information Network (an online consulting service for veterinarians around the world), serves as a reviewer for several major scientific publications, contributes chapters to a large number of widely-read veterinary textbooks, is the author or co-author of numerous publications in scientific journals, consults with various industry partners in developing new surgical techniques and devices, and is in the process of authoring/editing the first veterinary textbook focused on intervertebral disc disease in dogs and cats. In addition to his own clinical duties at OPVMC, Dr. Fingeroth provides ongoing mentoring to Dr. Kloc, our residency-trained veterinarian who limits his practice to surgery, as well as consultations on surgical issues to our staff of associate veterinarians. He works closely with Dr, David Brummer, our board-certified internal medicine specialist, in providing state-of-the-art specialty service to our referral and community practice clients, as well as assisting on emergency cases.
Dr. Fingeroth originally hails from New York City, but spent his college years in upstate New York, earning his B.S. at Hobart College in Geneva), and then his D.V.M from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca. After graduation from veterinary medical school Dr. Fingeroth was selected as an intern/first year resident at New York City?s prestigious and world-famous Animal Medical Center. He was then invited to stay on at the AMC for his surgery residency. Dr. Fingeroth completed his second year of residency at the AMC and then had the opportunity to expand his horizons by completing the final two years of his residency in small animal surgery at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, OH. Upon completing his formal residency Dr. Fingeroth remained for two more years at Ohio State, joining the faculty as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery. In 1988 Dr. Fingeroth passed the rigorous certifying examination in veterinary surgery, making him at that time one of only 350 board-certified veterinary surgeons in the world. Only veterinarians who have completed a residency in surgery and passed the ACVS examination are qualified to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. That same year he relocated to Rochester, NY, where he helped found and establish Veterinary Specialists of Rochester. Over the next twenty years he helped recruit numerous other specialists to upstate New York, and also helped to train dozens of graduate veterinarians through internship and residency programs. He is proud to count a number of specialists board-certified in surgery, neurology, internal medicine, oncology, emergency medicine, pathology, and ophthalmology among those he helped to train early in their post-graduate careers.
Dr. Fingeroth is available by appointment for consultations on a wide range of surgical or potentially surgical problems for dogs and cats. Patients are typically referred to him by primary care veterinarians, either at OPVMC or from outside hospitals, who are seeking expert guidance or the ability to offer surgical procedures not routinely performed in general veterinary practice. While Dr. Fingeroth prides himself on his ability to help animals through his surgical skills, he takes equal or greater pride in providing candid and easily understood advice to clients, often finding ways to help pets without resorting to surgery.
While it is impossible to list all the kinds of surgeries offered by Dr. Fingeroth and the OPVMC team, his expertise includes joint replacement (he has been performing total hip replacements since 1984, and has been involved in early testing of artificial knees and elbows), knee surgery, fracture repair, spinal and brain surgery, and a wide variety of thoracic and abdominal surgeries. He is also renowned as an oncologic surgeon, including major resections and reconstructions for maxillofacial and oral tumors, chest tumors, and so forth.
On his personal side, Dr. Fingeroth commutes to Orchard Park from his home in Mendon, NY (southeast of Rochester) where he lives in a park with his wife Robbie and a menagerie of animals that includes a large number of canines, cats, horses, and an assortment of rodents and fish. He is an avid native horseman, and has been a licensed pilot since 1973. He enjoys flying for pleasure, business, and also provides charity flights for people through Angel Flights/Patient Airlift Services and for animals through Animal Rescue Flights and Pilots ?N Paws. In his spare time Dr. Fingeroth also enjoys reading, music, native craftwork, hiking, and solitude.