Theodore R. Hobbs

  • Associate Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center


Dr. Hobbs supervises the Surgical Services Unit (SSU) at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. SSU provides anesthesia, analgesia, critical care, post-operative care, and the surgical expertise to perform a wide range of procedures in support of research programs in a precise and efficient manner.  In addition to research support, SSU performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in support of the veterinary care program.  Dr. Hobbs’ responsibilities also include managing the administrative aspects of the unit such as personnel, budget management, and equipment purchases. He has over 20 years of surgical and medical experience along with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research.  Development of novel procedures, models and techniques, testing new equipment, and developing least-invasive techniques to refine current techniques are some of his favorite parts of the job.  Dr. Hobbs also mentors veterinary residents and veterinarians interested in clinical research projects.  He has been a voting member of the IACUC since 2007 and has a strong interest in biomedical ethics in the research setting. Dr. Hobbs’ independent research projects in rhesus macaques include significant work in characterizing alopecia, acid-base outcome predictors in multiple trauma cases, and blood volume determination. Each of these research projects was ultimately inspired by animal welfare concerns. Dr. Hobbs’ professional goal is to provide compassionate care for animals while assuring scientific integrity for research.

Education and training

    • B.S., 1989, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    • D.V.M., 1994, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
    • M.C.R., 2011, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Certifications

    • Human Investigations Program, Oregon Health and Science University, 2009

Memberships and associations:

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Founder, Clinical and Surgical Techniques Working Group, a component of the Nonhuman Primate Research Center Consortium
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Association of Primate Veterinarians
  • American Society of Primatologists
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
  • Comparative Medicine, ad hoc peer reviewer
  • Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, ad hoc peer reviewer
  • Laboratory Animals, ad hoc peer reviewer

Areas of interest

  • Surgery
  • Critical care
  • Medical devices
  • Translational medicine
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonology

Honors and awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Oregon National Primate Research Center Pilot Award
  • Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute’s Biomedical Innovation Program Award



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