Ross Palmer

Associate Director, Education Clinical Sciences


(970) 297-4461

About Ross

Dr. Palmer's research is directed toward disease/injury of the canine/human knee, cartilage repair and bone healing. He has mentored numerous recipients of the Best Clinical Research Award and Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. He has research collaborations with Harvard Childrens’ Hospital, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the University of Colorado, the University of Kansas as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and numerous human and veterinary corporations. He is a board member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the North American Veterinary Conference and the Veterinary Surgery Journal. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout the US, Europe, South America, Africa, Russia and China. He is the founder of the Complete Course on External Skeletal Fixation now in its 20th year of educating veterinarians from around the world.


BS, Kansas State University, 1982DVM, Kansas State University, 1984MS, University of Georgia, 1989


American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Cabano NR, Troyer KT, Palmer RH, Puttlitz CM, Santoni BG. Mechanical comparison of two suture constructs for extracapsular suture stabilization (Vet Surg manuscript #VSU-09-229.R2 -- accepted June 2010, In Press - January 2011)Palmer RH. Nonunion, Delayed Union, and Malunion. In Mechanics of Disease in Small Animal Surgery - 3rd Edition, MJ Bojrab & E. Monnet eds, Teton New Media, Jackson, WY; 2010, pp 546-554.Palmer RH, James SP. Fracture Biomechanics of the Appendicular Skeleton. In Mechanics of Disease in Small Animal Surgery - 3rd Edition; MJ Bojrab & E Monnet eds, Teton New Media; Jackson WY; 2010, pp 669-685.Franklin SP, Gilley RS, Palmer RH. Meniscus injury in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Compd Contin Educ, epub, October 2010, E1-E11.Palmer RH, Ikuta CL, Cadmus JM. Comparison of femoral angulation measurement between radiographs and anatomic specimens across a broad range of varus conformations. Vet Surg manuscript # VSU-10-091.R2 -- accepted August 2010, In Press, 2011.Petazzoni M, Palmer RH. Femoral angular correction and lengthening in a large-breed puppy using a dynamic unilateral external fixator. Vet Surg manuscript # VSU 10-224, submitted Sept 2010, in review.Case JB, Dean C, Wilson DM, Knudsen JM, James SJ, Palmer RH. Comparison of the mechanical behaviors of locked and non-locked plate/screw fixation applied to experimentally induced rotational osteotomies in canine ilia. Vet Surg manuscript # VSU 10-198.R1, submitted August 2010, in review)Gadomski BC, McGilvray KC, Easley JT, Ehrhart EJ, Palmer RH, Santoni B, Puttlitz CM. A haversion bone model of simulated microgravity. Submitted to J Biom on 15 June 2013 (#BM-S-13-00780)Cadmus J, Palmer RH, Duncan C. The effect of preoperative planning method upon the recommended tibial tuberosity advancement cage size. Submitted to Vet Surg on 26 February 2013 (VSU-13-067).Wilson D, CSS Goh, Palmer RH. Arthroscopic biceps ulnar release procedure (BURP): technique description and in vitro assessment of the association of visualization and surgeon experience to regional damage and tenotomy completeness. Accepted to Vet Surg 16 June 2013 (VSU-13-026).Adrian CP, Haussler KK, Kawcak C, Reiser R, Reigger-Krugh C, Palmer RH, McIlwraith CW, Taylor RA. The role of muscle activation in cruciate disease. Manuscript # VSU-12-122, accepted to Veterinary Surgery on 12 April 2013.Flynn P, Duncan CG, Palmer RH, Duerr FM. In vitro incidence of fibular penetration with and without the use of a jig during tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. Manuscript # VSU-12-172, accepted to Veterinary Surgery on 12 December 2012.Becker WM, Mama KR, Rao S, Palmer R, Egger EL. Prevalence of dysphoria following fentanyl in dogs undergoing stifle surgery. Vet Surg 2013;42:302-307 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01080.x)Case JB, Palmer RH, Valdes-Martinez A, Egger EL, Haussler KK. Gastrocnemius tendon strain in a dog treated with autologous mesenchymal stem cells and a custom orthosis, Vet Surg 2013;42:355-360 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2013.12007.x)Petazzoni M, Nicetto T, Vezzoni A, Piras A, Palmer R. Treatment of pes varus using Fixin locking plate system in nine limbs of 7 dachshunds, Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2012;25:231-238 (doi:10.3415/VCOT-11-03-0035).

Research Specialty

Clinical Specialty/Interest: Traumatology, disease/injury of the knee, minimally-invasive orthopedic surgeryResearch interest: Preclinical translational orthopedic surgical research, disease/injury of the knee, bone healing, cartilage healing, bone fixationTeaching interest: Resident mentoring, clinical instruction of veterinary students and continuing professional development for practicing veterinarians, video demonstrations.