Small Animal Clinical Sciences Faculty

Sunshine M. Lahmers, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

Clinical Associate Professor
Cardiology
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Education

  • 2005
    Doctor of Philosophy, Veterinary Sciences
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA
  • 1998
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
  • 1994
    Bachelor of Arts, Biology
    University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY

Board Certification

2007 - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

Research Interests & Experience

  • Heritable cardiovascular diseases
  • Pharmacogenomics

Professional Experience

  • 2017-present
    Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiology
    VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2013-2017
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiology
    VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2007-2013
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology/
    Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA
  • 2007
    Resident, Cardiology
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA
  • 1998
    Intern
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA

Honors & Awards

  • 2010-12
    Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
  • 2005
    Harriett B. Rigas Award (Honorable), Pullman, WA

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Phi Zeta Honor Society

Selected Publications

  1. Maran BA, Mealey KL, Lahmers SM, Nelson OL, Meurs KM. Identification of DNA variants in the canine beta-1 adrenergic receptor gene. Research in Veterinary Science. 2013 Apr
  2. Reina Doreste Y, Stern JA, Lahmers SM, Baumwart RD. ECG of the Month: Title: SVT with 2:1 AV conduction and paroxysmal ventricular bigeminy in a syncopal cat.Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2013 Apr
  3. Doreste Y, Stern J, Barnett S, Lahmers S, Baumwart R, Seino K, Bonagura J. Resolution of sustained narrow complex ventricular tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy in a quarter horse following quinidine therapy. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology 2012 Sept
  4. Meurs KM, Keene B, Lahmers S, Oyama MA, White S. A splice site mutation in a gene encoding for PDK4, a mitochondrial protein, is associated with the development of dilated cardiomyopathy in the Doberman pincher. Human Genetics. 2012 Aug
  5. Stern J, Meurs K, Nelson OL, Lahmers S, Lehmkuhl L. Familial subvalvular aortic stenosis in golden retrievers: inheritance and echocardiographic findings. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 2012 Apr
  6. Maran BA, Meurs KM, Lahmers SM, Nelson OL. Identification of beta-1 adrenergic receptor polymorphisms in cats. Research in Veterinary Science. 2012 June
  7. Ramirez CJ, Minch JD, Gay JM, Lahmers SM, Guerra DJ, Haldorson GJ, Schneider T, Mealey KL. Molecular genetic basis for fluoroquinolone-induced retinal degeneration in cats. Pharmacogentic Genomics. 2011 Feb
  8. Meurs KM, Mauceli E, Lahmers S, Acland GM, White SN, Lindbload-Toh K. Genome-wide association identifies a deletion in the 3' untranslated region of striain in a canine model of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.Human Genetics. 2010 Sept
  9. Nelson OL, Lahmers S, Schneider T, Thompson P. The use of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in a Boxer Dog to control clinical signs of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2006 Sep
  10. Labeit S, Lahmers S, Burkart C, Fong C, McNabb M, Witt S, Witt C, Labeit D, Granzier H. Expression of distinct classes of titin isoforms in striated and smooth muscles by alternative splicing and their conserved interaction with filamins.Journal of Molecular Biology. 2006 Sept
  11. Nagueh S, Shah G, Wu Y, Guillermo T, King N, Lahmers S, Witt C, Becker K, Labeit S, Granzier H. Altered titin expression, myocardial stiffness and left ventricular function in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Circulation. 2004 July
  12. Lahmers S, Wu Y, Call D, Labeit S, Granzier H. Developmental control of titin isoform expression and passive stiffness in fetal and neonatal myocardium.Circulation Research, 2004 Mar
  13. Granzier H, Labeit D, Wu Y, Witt C, Watanabe K, Lahmers S, Gotthardt M, Labeit S. Adaptations in titin's spring elements in normal and cardiomyopathic hearts.Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2003
  14. Labeit D, Watanabe K, Witt C, Fujita H, Wu Y, Lahmers S, Funck T, Labeit S, Granzier H. 2003, Calcium-dependent molecular spring elements in the giant protein titin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U S A. 2003 Nov