Sherman Canapp, DVM

Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, MD

Dr. Sherman Canapp, a Maryland native, performed his undergraduate work at 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 DVM 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 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.

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 including The Orthobiologic Institute Conference – TOBI (2015, 2016, 2017), The American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine Conference – AAOM (2017), and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science – IFATS (2017). He has presented numerous times at National and International veterinary conferences including the Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference, the North American Veterinary 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 almost every year since 1999. He also regularly speaks at national and international continuing education meetings.

Dr. Canapp has served as Chair 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, University of Sydney 2016, London 2016, Helsinki and Leon 2017.

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. 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 D.C. 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, Zygood, Veton, i4C Innovations Inc, 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 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 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 Dasuquin Advanced for the treatment of elbow osteoarthritis in dogs; the use of hyperthermic therapy for the treatment of hip osteoarthritis in dogs; the use of pulse magnetic field therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs; Platelet Rich Plasma Pure for the treatment of elbow OA in the canine; and OsteoBioscaff for the treatment of elbow OA in the canine.

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, Decan. His personal interests include playing drums, racing cars, mountain biking and playing tennis.