Faculty Spotlight: Tamas Ambrisko, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA

Nov 27, 2018 / Practitioner Updates

[Tamas Ambrisko]Tell us about your background and interests.

I earned my DVM in Hungary in 1995, followed by a PhD in Japan in 2003 and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2006. I later worked at Massey University in New Zealand, the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, and at Ross University in St. Kitts.

My professional interests involve all aspects of anesthesia research, teaching, and clinical service.

Outside of my work life, I have four children between the ages of 6 and 14  who will remain in Vienna with my wife for the next year or two, which will be challenging for our family.

What brought you to Illinois?

A fantastic academic opportunity and the good impression that friendly and positively thinking colleagues made on me during my interview.

Tell us about a favorite case of yours. 

Literally, the last case during my previous employment was a sheep we anesthetized with students. The sheep was extubated, holding his head and breathing air quietly through his nostrils after the procedure. We were just planning to transport him out of the OR when I spotted that the mucus membranes turned blue. The sheep showed no effort to breathe. When I asked the student to release the sheep’s head, we realized that the sheep completely passed out from hypoxia.

Rapid reintubation, O2 supplementation, and intravenous naloxone (he received a standard dose of morphine for premedication) saved his life and led to uneventful recovery.

This is the most sudden and severe case of post-operative hypoxia I have ever seen on healthy sheep. It was a great learning opportunity for the students as well as for me. The patient doesn’t “know” whether it is a special day for us. Any kind of problem—even rare ones—can occur at any time. We must continuously watch for those.

What most excites you about your job?

There is a great opportunity to pursue independent research projects, where I can explore the limits of my own creativity while trying to answer clinically important questions.

What would you like veterinarians to know about your service area/field? 

I would love to provide continuing education projects and anesthesia consultation service to private veterinarians.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

I love sports such as running, hiking, and going to the gym. I also practice traditional archery.

Do you have any pets? 

The only pet we currently have is a dwarf hamster; once we establish our life in Illinois, we dream about having a small zoo: dogs, cats, rabbits, and alpacas.