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Sherman O. Canapp, Jr.
DVM, MS, CCRT
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Sherman Canapp, a Maryland native, performed his graduate studies in biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University, where he gained experience in surgical and pharmaceutical research. Dr. Canapp completed a combined DVM and Masters of Clinical Science in Surgery at Kansas State University in 1999. Upon graduation, Dr. Canapp completed an internship in small
President & CEO
animal surgery at the University of Florida. In 2004, Dr. Canapp became a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2005, Dr. Canapp completed his certification in Canine Rehabilitation. Dr. Canapp has the extreme honor to be named a charter Diplomate in the newly recognized American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) where he is Past President of the college.
Areas of Expertise:
Dr. Canapp completed his resident research, masters research and advanced training in the treatment of joint diseases. Dr. Canapp is currently researching regenerative medicine; specifically, the use of stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma for the treatment of sports-related soft tissue injuries as well as osteoarthritis. Additionally, Dr. Canapp is a noted reviewer for many prominent scientific veterinary and human journals. He publishes and lectures frequently on the subjects of osteoarthritis, sports medicine, rehabilitation therapy, regenerative medicine and minimally invasive surgery, specifically arthroscopy. Due to the significant translational application of his work in regenerative medicine for soft tissue injuries he has had the honor of being an invited speaker and panelist at numerous human conferences as well as the FDA-CVM. Dr. Canapp regularly speaks at national and international continuing education meetings.
Dr. Canapp currently practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction, MD where he is owner and Chief of Staff. Dr. Canapp is also the President and CEO of Orthobiologic Innovations LLC, where he is actively engaged in concept and product design and development for orthopedic and arthroscopic devices, instrumentations, medical systems, biologics and regenerative medicine technologies and telemedicine platforms. Dr. Canapp is also an orthopedic surgery and sports medicine consultant for numerous medical and pharmaceutical companies, veterinary and human medical organizations, universities as well as national and international performance and working dog organizations.
Dr. Canapp’s particular area of interest lies in regenerative medicine, sports medicine and minimally invasive surgery, specifically canine sports related injury and arthroscopy. Dr. Canapp teaches advanced courses in arthroscopy and regenerative medicine and routinely receives referrals for arthroscopic procedures and regenerative medicine treatments from domestic and international sources. Dr. Canapp offers this type of advanced care for our canine companions because he believes clients expect and deserve a standard of care no less than that of human patients.
Examples Dr. Canapp’s recent peer-reviewed publications in the area regenerative medicine include the use of adipose derived progenitor cells and platelet rich plasma as well a bone marrow aspirate concentrate for the treatment of supraspinatus tendinopathies; partial cranial cruciate ligament tears treated with stem cells and platelet rich plasma combination therapy as well as a multicenter prospective analysis on the various canine PRP systems. Examples of Dr. Canapp’s current research studies include the clinical efficacy of joint modifying agents for the treatment of elbow osteoarthritis in dogs; the use of a gelatin bioscaffold for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs; biomarkers for osteoarthritis and cranial cruciate ligament injury; regenerative medicine for the treatment of carpal injuries; ultrasound – magnet assisted gastropexy in dogs; and bioscaffolds for tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLOs) in dogs.
Recent projects completed by Dr. Canapp through Orthobiologic Innovations, LLC include development of unique line of low profile, limited contact, locking, pre-contoured TPLO plates; development of a canine specific arthroscopic instrumentation system; validation and clinical testing of a micro-arthroscopic (needle scope) – msk ultrasound tablet technology; and validation of a bone marrow aspirate concentrate pure system in the canine in collaboration with the University of Maryland, School of Biomedical Engineering. Current activities include development of a canine specific hyaluronic acid product; development and validation of an adipose derived regenerative medicine canine technology; development and validation of a platelet rich plasma system for cats; development of a client/patient – doctor communication web based system; and creation of a global diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and arthroscopic telemedicine platform.
In 2015, Dr. Canapp established Project GO (Global Orthopedics for Animals). Project GO is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping animals with musculoskeletal injuries from working dog government organizations, rescue organizations, wildlife organizations that have significant budget constraints as well as pet owners with financial hardship. In 2014, Dr. Canapp established The VOSM Academy, LLC educational training programs for veterinarians in the areas of sports medicine, regenerative medicine, rehabilitation therapy, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, arthroscopic procedures. The VOSM Academy Certification Program was then created in 2015 to allow practices and individual clinicians trained and certified by Dr. Canapp to become a VOSM affiliate member. Certified locations include Seattle, Philidelphia, Finland and Australia. Locations in progress include Nashville, New Jersey and South Africa.
Currently, Dr. Canapp and his wife, Dr. Debra Canapp (VOSM’s Medical Director and Director of Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound), along with their daughters Allyson and Isabella and son Caden live in Howard County, where they share a home with their Doberman Ygritte and hairless cat, Decan. His personal interests include playing drums, racing cars, mountain biking and playing tennis.
DVM, CCRT, CVA
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
For the past eight years, Dr. Canapp’s exclusive area of interest, clinical work, lecturing, and research has revolved around sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy, specifically canine sports-related injury, sport rehabilitation, and performance. She has completed advanced courses in canine rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, sports medicine, orthopedics, and stem cell
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therapy. Currently Dr. Canapp practices sports medicine, acupuncture, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and rehabilitation at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Dr. Canapp is active in teaching rehabilitation medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative medicine to visiting veterinary students, rehabilitation therapy certification candidates, and veterinarians. Dr. Canapp’s current primary area of interest and research is small animal musculoskeletal ultrasound, and defining specific pathology and treatment options. Dr. Canapp currently also serves as the co-principal and medical director at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group.
B.S., Ecology, Evolution & Sustainable Studies
Jeff Curry is the research technician for Orthobiologic Innovations, LLC. Jeff graduated with a BS in Wildlife Biology from Frostburg State University in 2013 and came to work at VOSM after leaving his previous government position. He has been involved in a variety of capacities throughout the organization, but currently enjoys assisting with clinical trials and expanding everyone’s understanding of veterinary orthopedics. When not at work, Jeff enjoys boating, cooking, and playing games with his friends. Jeff shares his home with a loving dog and cat, both rescued from local shelters.
B.S. Environmental Science and Policy
Alyse Carter earned her Bachelors of Science degree in 2011 from the University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in Environmental Science & Policy with a focus on sociology. Since graduation, Alyse has gained experience in academia working for the College of Agriculture and Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Her interest lies in the intersection of education and science. As Program Manager of Orthobiologic Innovations, her focus on research, development and education is crucial to taking our studies one step further from conceptualization.
When not in the office, you can find Alyse out in the wild at Merriweather Post Pavilion and cheering on her beloved Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. A true Marylander, Alyse lives in Columbia with an animated border collie and always finds a way to sneak Old Bay into her cooking!
Project Manager, R&D and Education