Dr. von Esse is Chief of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care and is the Director of Emergency Services.
He earned his BA in Physics and Mathematics from Boston University and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. von Esse is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
He has published papers on reptiles and amphibians in conjunction with veterinarians at the Philadelphia Zoo – as well as papers regarding atmospheric physics “many moons ago” in conjunction with the Harvard Smithsonian Center and a government laboratory.
In addition to his role as Director of Emergency Services at Saint Francis, Dr. von Esse is a support veterinarian at Veterinary Imaging Partners for their MRI studies.
When we asked Dr. von Esse to tell us anything else he’d like the world to know, he wrote:
I love spending time with my children, skiing, and taking my car out on the track, especially if I can combine it with camping up at Watkins Glen.
Though I have always loved animals, in contrast to most people that go into veterinary medicine I did not grow up wanting to become a vet. It was not until I purchased my Lory (Thurston) right after college that the thought entered my mind. Between learning the proper care for this type of parrot, taking additional courses to fill in my limited biology exposure, and volunteering at several institutions (a humane hospital, the Boston zoo, a local veterinary clinic), I determined that taking care of animals as a veterinarian would be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling profession. Indeed, I could have chosen any number of paths; I have never regretted my decision to become a vet.
I moved to the Delaware Valley to attend PENN in 1995 and have remained since save for some brief absences. I love the diversity of the area and all that it has to offer, including its proximity to NYC (my kids love the city). Alas, I just wish that the mountains would be tall enough to remain snow capped year round. I have lived in many wonderful parts of the world: born in Poland, lived in NYC when we first immigrated, Colorado, San Diego, Boston and now the Philadelphia area. Along the way, I have also spent a significant amount of time in New Jersey, Maine, and Baltimore.
I live in Paoli, PA with my wife, Ann Marie, two children, Sofia (6) and Christian (8). My mother also lives close by, moving here from Colorado to be close to me and the grandchildren.