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Samuel P. Franklin, MS, DVM, PhD

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal)

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (Canine)

ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Small Animal Orthopedics

Dr. Sam Franklin's passion is to return dogs, and their owners, to the activity they love, whether that be leisurely walks in the neighborhood, long runs and hiking, sports such as agility competitions and field trialing, or active work like search-and-rescue dogs. Part of the reason that this drives Dr. Franklin is because he loves being active and for the last 20 years his joy away from work has been running, hiking, and swimming with his Labrador Retriever, Redbone coonhound, Redtick coonhound, and now a Treeing Walker coonhound. He has run or hiked over 10,000 miles with these dogs from the fields of Missouri to the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of the northeast. Not only does he enjoy these activities, but the dogs love them too. He wants to enable all his patients and clients to return to the activity that brings them joy!

With that goal in mind, Dr. Franklin has developed numerous areas of expertise that are part of his clinical practice as well as his research and presentation portfolio. They include both non-surgical and surgical aspects of orthopedic practice:

  • Musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging including MRI and musculoskeletal ultrasound

  • Use of orthobiologics such as injections of platelet-rich plasma, autologous protein solution, bone marrow aspirate, and stem cells

  • Sports medicine injuries such as medial shoulder instability and metacarpo/metatarso-phalangeal injury

  • Knee injuries including meniscal injury, CCL/ACL rupture, and TPLO

  • Elbow injury and treatment including elbow arthroscopy and medial compartment elbow replacement

  • Hip surgeries including total hip replacement, pelvic osteotomy for hip dysplasia, hip toggle

  • Angular limb deformity correction and use of 3D printing technologies to aid in such surgeries

  • Joint restoration using osteochondral allografting

Dr. Franklin has dedicated himself diligently to developing these skills. He attended Colorado State University for veterinary school, earning his DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) cum laude in 2007. He then completed a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to the University of Missouri in Columbia for a combined small animal surgical residency and PhD. Dr. Franklin completed his surgical residency and became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) in 2012. He completed his PhD investigating the use of stem cells, cartilage cells, and absorbable materials to resurface osteoarthritic hips in dogs later the same year. He then became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) in 2013. He subsequently obtained Founding Fellow status in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018 for his contributions and sub-specialization in arthroscopy and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries.

Dr. Franklin has been practicing sports medicine, orthopedics, and spinal surgery exclusively since 2013 and he is one of few individuals in the world that is a Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery and the only individual with such designation in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Furthermore, he is the only board-certified diplomate of the ACVSMR in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. He has over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 10 book chapters, has given over 100 presentations at local, national, or international conferences, is co-editing a new textbook on canine arthroscopy, has filed several patent applications, and has contributed to the development or validation of numerous orthopedic devices or procedures. Click here to review Dr. Franklin’s publications and accomplishments that are a testament to his dedication to the science and art of veterinary sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. 

Part of the reason that Dr. Franklin has been so devoted to his pursuit of orthopedic excellence is because he knows what is feels like to be deprived of activity by injury. He was a successful collegiate athlete and professional soccer player but had his fair share of orthopedic injuries that precluded him from training and competing. He has also worked through recovering his own dogs from CCL/ACL rupture and TPLO as well as elbow dysplasia, elbow arthroscopy, and medial compartment elbow replacement. All of these experiences were challenging. Consequently, he knows from experience the effect that orthopedic injury has on the life of a canine athlete and on their human companion. Thus, he derives deep satisfaction from relieving the pain and loss that occurs with such injury, and restoring their ability to do what they love! 

DIPOLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS (DACVS)

Diplomate Certification, May 2012. Small Animal Surgical Residency completed at the University of Missouri. Over the course of 4 years, specialized training, teaching, peer reviewed scientific research and a rigorous examination were completed to obtain specialist board certification. 

DIPLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETEIRNARY SPORTS MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION (DACVS-MR)

Diplomate Certification, May 2013. The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation advances the art and science of veterinary medicine by promoting expertise in the structural, physiological, medical and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness.

FOUNDING FELLOW, MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY, SMALL ANIMAL ORTHOPEDICS

Founding Fellow of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Minimally Invasive Surgery in the area of Small Animal Orthopedics, obtained February 2018. A Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) who has obtained additional training and experience in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) beyond ACVS surgery residency training and devotes professional effort to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients undergoing MIS therapies and to research in the field of MIS.

Doctorate of philosophy in Veterinary Pathobiology obtained 2012. Thesis title: Development of Biological Hip Resurfacing in Dogs.     

PhD VETERINARY PATHOBIOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, May 2007. Graduated Cum Laude.

DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY 

SMALL ANIMAL ROTATING INTERNSHIP - UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 

Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2007-2008.

Master of Science in Ecology from the Program in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. Thesis Title: Predator Influence on Golden Lion Tamarin Nest Choice and Presleep Behavior. 

MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) - UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

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