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Dirsko von-Pfeil
Dirsko von Pfeil
Dr.med.vet., DVM, DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR, Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University

Dr. von Pfeil graduated from the Free University Berlin, Germany, in 2001 before being selected for an internship at Kansas State University (KSU). This was followed by the American DVM and a surgery residency and fellowship at Michigan State University (MSU). During that time he was elected as resident of the year by the MSU class 2006. In 2008 he became double-board certified with the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. Following years of sports medicine related work, Dr. von Pfeil gained his third board-certification in 2016 with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He worked as a professor in surgery at KSU and as specialty surgeon at referral centers in AK, VA and DC before joining Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center in 2018.

Dr. von Pfeil has a strong passion for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair and trauma. Other areas of interest include musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine, physical rehabilitation, and joint replacement surgery.

Throughout his career his focus has been orthopedics. His dissertation on orthopedic implant biomechanics provided the basis for the development of the first angle-stable interlocking nail (I-LOC) in the veterinary and human industry, used for minimally invasive fracture repair today. Dr. von Pfeil has served as an adjunct professor at MSU since 2009. In cooperation with multiple academic and private institutions Dr. von Pfeil continues to be actively involved in clinical research and enjoys working together with colleagues, interns, residents or post-graduate students on scientific studies.

He has developed, presented and published modifications to surgical techniques such as minimally invasive percutaneous growth plate fracture repair and made over 30 other contributions to the veterinary literature. Among others he has written numerous publications on cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR), including the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedure and a landmark survey on the best method to treat CCLR, with input from surgeons around the world. He frequently speaks at national and international meetings and has given close to 80 presentations on surgical topics.

Since 2007 Dr. von Pfeil has been involved in many sled dog races across Alaska and was honored with the “Golden Stethoscope Award” during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2013. He has authored several papers in this field, and is the main editor of the “Musher and Veterinary Handbook”. He was also awarded the Mark S. Bloomberg Lecturer Award of the International Canine Sports Medicine Symposium in 2018 as a sign of appreciation for his contributions to the field of sports medicine.

Furthermore, he acts as section editor for articles on sports medicine for one of several international veterinary surgical journals he has been on the board of referees for since 2011, including Veterinary Surgery, the official publication of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. Finally he serves as faculty of the AOVet North America.

Aside from time with his wife and three children, Dr. von Pfeil enjoys foreign languages and cultures, photography, and the occasional triathlon. For family reasons he currently regularly commutes between South America and Omaha.

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