Dr. Lyons received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis and completed a surgical and internal medicine internship in the Los Angeles area. After completing his residency in Radiation Oncology at North Carolina State University (in conjunction with Duke University and the University of North Carolina), Dr. Lyons joined the team at Veterinary Cancer Group in January of 2007. His special interests include medical oncology and palliative radiation therapy to improve the quality of life for end-stage cancer patients, as well as continuing to advance the field of veterinary oncology through publishing clinical studies.
Dr. Lyons is the author of "Survivor: The Dog Days of Cancer", a book about the journey of a dog going through cancer treatment and the family that loves him.
During his time at Veterinary Cancer Group as the head of the radiation oncology department, he has actively published clinical studies, including an investigation done in conjunction with Washington State University, that significantly advanced the survival for cats with a specific mouth tumor called squamous cell carcinoma. He currently heads 3 separate clinical prospective studies involving the use of radiation to treat arthritis, bladder cancer, prostatic cancer, and brain tumors.
Dr. Lyons is one of a handful of veterinarians in the world to offer sterotactic radiosurgery for companion animals, a state of the art form of delivering high doses of radiation with minimal to no side effects. He is a member of the nationally recognized Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, and has contributed to nationally syndicated news articles and blogs. He frequently lectures about cancer and radiation therapy around the Southern California area, and is an active participant in raising money to promote cancer awareness.
Dr. Lyons has worked hard to cultivate the collaborative efforts of Veterinary Cancer Group's radiation department, whose teamwork ensures our pet cancer patients receive the high quality medicine and care that they deserve. In his spare time, Dr. Lyons enjoys writing fiction, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with family.