Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Orthopedic Surgery, Regenerative & Sports Medicine
Dr. Sherman Canapp, a Maryland native, performed his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Towson University. He performed graduate studies in biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University, where he gained experience in surgical and pharmaceutical research. Dr. Canapp completed a combined Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Clinical Science in Surgery at Kansas State University in 1999. Upon graduation, Dr. Canapp completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri, followed by a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida. In 2004, Dr. Canapp became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2005, Dr. Canapp completed his certification in Canine Rehabilitation, followed by his certification in stem cell therapy in 2007 and TPLO certification in 2001. 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 and current chair of the public relations and marketing committee.
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 and 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. He has presented multiple times at national and international veterinary and human conferences, including TOBI (Human) Regenerative Medicine Symposium, the Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference, the North American Veterinary Community Conference (NAVC), International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (IAVRPT), European College of Veterinary Surgeons, European Society of Veterinary Orthopedics & Traumatology, and has presented at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Symposium every year since 1999. He also regularly speaks at national and international continuing education meetings.
Dr. Canapp has served as chairperson for the Rehabilitation Therapy & Sports Medicine programs and wet labs at the ACVS Symposium, NAVC, IAVRPT, and ACVSMR since the mid-2000s. Dr. Canapp also had the honor to speak at the 2007 American Physical Therapy Association Meeting on Orthopedic Conditions in Performance Dogs and at the 2007 and 2011 United States Police Canine Association National Training Seminar. In 2007, Dr. Canapp was elected as the founding president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). In 2009, Dr. Canapp was included as an instructor for the Canine Rehab Institute. Dr. Canapp’s international lecture activities on sports medicine and regenerative medicine include the Keynote speaker for the AVO symposium in Berlin, Germany in 2012 as well as a NAHA lecture tour through the major cities of Japan in 2013.
Dr. Canapp currently practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, 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, biologics, and regenerative medicine technologies. Dr. Canapp is also an orthopedic surgery and sports medicine consultant for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Zoo, the Washington, D.C. and regional police K-9 units and search and rescue dogs, TSA, NSA, and military K-9 units, the Washington Animal Rescue League, and national agility, fly ball, field trial, and disc dog organizations, Elanco and Zoetis Animal Health, Everost, Nutramax Laboratories, Merial Animal Health Company, Smith & Nephew, Inc., EmCyte Corporation, Canine Regenerative Therapies, Harvest/Terumo, Vetra - StemWalker, Companion Animal Health, Trice Medical, Owl Manor Veterinary, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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 pets because he believes clients expect and deserve a standard of care no less than that of human patients.
In addition to the use of regenerative medicine for the treatment of sports-related injury clinically, Dr. Canapp’s current research studies include the use of adipose and bone marrow derived stem cells for the treatment of tendon injuries (including a fully funded landmark study by the AKC-CHF), partial cranial cruciate ligament tears, osteoarthritis, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Canapp just completed a multicenter prospective analysis on the various canine PRP systems and is beginning a PRP efficacy study on the treatment of osteoarthritis. Additional ongoing studies include bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and stromal vascular fraction (SVF) validation in the canine; the use of hyaluronic acid for the treatment of elbow osteoarthritis in dogs, functional hinged stifle braces for cranial cruciate ligament injury; OMEGA 7 fatty acids for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs; and shockwave therapy for the treatment of frozen shoulders. Activities of Orthobiologic Innovations, LLC, include the development orthopedic surgical implants, medical devices, client-doctor web-based communication systems, and pain-modulating devices.
In 2014, Dr. Canapp established VOSM Academy, LLC, which focuses on educational training programs for veterinarians in the areas of sports medicine, regenerative medicine, rehabilitation therapy, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, and arthroscopic procedures. The VOSM Academy Certification Program was then created in 2015 to allow practices and individual clinicians trained in these areas to be certified and become accredited through the VOSM Academy program. Training locations include New Jersey, Philadelphia, Seattle, Germany, Finland, Japan, and Australia.
In 2015, Dr. Canapp established Project GO (Global Orthopedics for Animals). Project GO is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to animals with musculoskeletal injuries from shelter and rescue organizations, working dog, K-9 units, and animals sanctuaries. Dr. Canapp serves as president and CEO of Project GO. You can learn more about this exciting endeavor at www.project-go.org.
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, Border Collie, Enzo and hairless cat, Dekan. His personal interests include playing drums, racing cars, and mountain biking.