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Advisory Council

Stokes Pharmacy is excited to have formed our very first advisory council which includes some of the most forward-thinking leaders in the veterinary industry. With their advice and expertise, we look forward to taking Stokes to the next level.



Philip J. Bergman, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

Philip J. Bergman, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACVIM

Director, Clinical Studies, VCA                                                                          Oncologist at VCA Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center – Bedford Hills, NY

Dr. Bergman is the Director of Clinical Studies for VCA. He is the principal veterinary investigator for the recently fully licensed canine melanoma vaccine (Oncept). Dr. Bergman is an adjunct faculty member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to Dr. Bergman joining VCA, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for BrightHeart Veterinary Centers from July 2007 to August 2011; from 1999 to June 2007 he was the head of the Donaldson-Atwood Cancer Center at AMC. After finishing veterinary school from Colorado State in 1990, he was an intern at Kansas State (90-91) and returned to CSU for his medical oncology residency (91-94) and then completed a PhD Fellowship in human cancer biology from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (94-99). He was previously Chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents and President of the Veterinary Cancer Society.

Dr. Bergman has been a veterinary oncologist at Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center since 2007.

Bob Murtaugh, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC Chief Medical Officer, Pathway – Austin, TX

Bob Murtaugh, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC

Chief Medical Officer, Pathway – Austin, TX

Dr. Murtaugh earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1984, he completed a Residency in Veterinary Internal Medicine and MS at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and in 1985 he became Diplomate of ACVIM. From 1984 to 1998 Dr. Murtaugh was a Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Assistant Dean of Curriculum at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. From 1986 to 1989, Dr. Murtaugh served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (became AVMA recognized specialty in 1989). After serving as Chief of Staff at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Portland OR from 1998 to 2000, Dr. Murtaugh joined VCA as the Northeast Regional Medical Director from 2000 to 2010 and as Medical Director and ACVIM/ACVECC Specialist at VCA All Care Animal Referral Center in Orange County, CA from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, Dr. Murtaugh joined Pathway as Chief Medical Officer and is serving as Chairman of American Board of Veterinary Specialties (AVMA).