After graduation from the University of Berlin in 2001, Dr.
von Pfeil obtained the American DVM, was accepted
for a 1-year internship at Kansas State University (KSU),
followed by a 3-year surgical residency, and 1-year
surgical fellowship at Michigan State University (MSU).
Supported by an international scholarship he completed
his dissertation in orthopedic implant biomechanics. He
became double-board-certified in 2008. After returning
to KSU as assistant professor, teaching orthopedic, soft-
tissue, oncologic- and neurosurgery, he worked for 5 years
at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska. He joined VSC in 2014.
His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, fluoroscopically
guided fracture repairs, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy), tibial plateau leveling
osteotomy (TPLO), sports medicine, growth plate injuries, comminuted fractures, joint
replacements, salivary gland-, laryngeal-, reconstructive- and oncologic surgery.
Dr. von Pfeil authored many scientific publications and book chapters, edited books, speaks at national and international
conferences and is involved in teaching surgical CE-classes. He serves as adjunct
professor at MSU, volunteers on the board of referees for multiple peer-reviewed
journals and is member of several Veterinary Medical Associations (AAHA, ACVS, ECVS,
VOS, AVORE, VES, ESVOT, ISDVMA, DAAD, DTB). Some of his academic achievements
include research resulting in the development of the I-LOC (interlocking nail), an
orthopedic implant used for fracture repairs in minimally-invasive manner, and
descriptions of modified approaches for TPLO- , laryngeal paralysis- and salivary
gland surgeries. As race veterinarian in Alaska he investigated orthopedic injuries
and genetics of congenital laryngeal paralysis in sled dogs.
Dr. von Pfeil was elected resident of the year from the MSU class of 2006 and honored
to receive the prestigious Golden Stethoscope Award during the Iditarod Sled Dog
In his free time he enjoys triathlons, photography, music and languages. The von
Pfeils live with their 2 children in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.