Michael Conzemius, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor, Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine

Michael Conzemius

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Address:
C339 VMC

Mailing Address:
1352 Boyd Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

DVM, Iowa State University

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Iowa State University

Diplomate ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons)


Dr. Conzemius received his D.V.M. from Iowa State University in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 2000 from Iowa State University. Dr. Conzemius received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 2002. He holds several patents, including two for a canine total elbow implant.



Jessica E Goetz, Duane A Robinson, Douglas R Pedersen, Michael G Conzemius, & Thomas D Brown. Cryoinsult Parameter Effects on the Histologically-Apparent Volume of Experimentally-Induced Osteonecrotic Lesions. J Orthop Res 2011, 29(6):931-7. PMID: 21259339

JL Cook, R Evans, MG Conzemius, BDX Lascelles, CW McIlwraith, A Pozzi, A Cross, P Clegg, K Schulz, J Houlton, K Hayashi, J Innes, A Kapatkin, DC Brown, L Fortier, A Stewart. Proposed definitions and criteria for reporting time frame, outcome, and complications for clinical orthopaedic studies in veterinary medicine. Vet Surg 2010, 39:905-8. PMID: 21133952

McBrien C, Vezzoni A, Conzemius M. Growth dynamics of the proximal tibial physis. Accepted for publication. Vet Surg, May, 2010. PMID: 21470252
Robinson DA, Bechtold JE, Carlson CS, Evans RB, Conzemius MG. Development of a Fracture Osteomyelitis Model in the Rat Femur. J Orthop Res, 2010. PMID: 20602463

Judith D Feldsein; Vicki L Wilke; Richard B Evans; Mike G Conzemius. Serum cortisol concentration and force plate analysis in the assessment of pain associated with sodium urate-induce acute synovitis, AJVR, 2010, 71(8):940-5. PMID: 20673094

Martin B, Conzemius M. Prevalence of Incomplete Ossification of the Humeral Condyle in the Limb opposite Humeral Condylar Fracture: 14 Dogs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2010;23(3):168-72. PMID: 20422122

Robinson DA, Griffith RW, Shectman D, Evans R, Conzemius MG. In-vitro antibacterial properties of magnesium metal against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus. Acta Biomater. 2010 May;6(5):1869-77. PMID: 19818422

WJ Gordon-Evans, RB Evans, K Knap, J Hildreth, C Pinel, D Imhoff, MG Conzemius. Characterization of the temporo-spatial parameters in the gait of normal, and neurologic dogs. Am J Vet Res.2009; 70(12): 1444-9. PMID: 19951114

Reed KL, Brown TD, Conzemius MG. Contact stress distributions of the femoral head of the emu (Dromaius novaelhollandiae). J Biomech. 2009, 13;42(15):2495-500. PMID: 19665715; PMCID:2783888

Wilke VL, Zhang S, Evans RB, Conzemius MG, Rothschild MF. Identification of chromosomal associations to cranial cruciate ligament rupture in the Newfoundland dog. Am J Vet Res.2009;70(8):1013-7. PMID: 19645583

WJ Gordon-Evans, RB Evans, MG Conzemius. Accuracy of spatiotemporal variables in gait analysis of neurologic dogs. J Neurotrauma, 2009: EPub, March 3. PMID: 19257805

Conzemius MG. Nonconstrained elbow replacement in dogs. Vet Surg, 2009; 38:279-84. PMID: 19236685

Goetz JE, Pedersen DR, Robinson DA, Conzemius MG, Baer TE, Brown TD., Thomas E. Baer, Thomas D. Brown. The Apparent Critical Isotherm for Cryoinsult-Induced Osteonecrotic Lesions in Emu Femoral Heads. J Biomech. 2008;41(10):2197-205. PMID: 18561937; PMCID:2612542

Evans R, Gordon-Evans W, Conzemius M. Comparison of three methods for the management of fragmented medial coronoid process in the dog. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2008;21(2):106-9. PMID: 18545711

Waxman AW, Robinson DA, Evans R, Hulse D, Innes J, Conzemius MG. Relationship between objective and subjective assessment of limb function in normal dogs with an experimentally induced lameness. Vet Surg 37(3): 241-6, 2008. PMID: 18394070

Gordon-Evans WJ, Yaeger M, Conzemius MG. Sequential use of fibroblastic growth factor 2 and transforming growth factor B1 for cartilage tissue engineering using canine chondrocytes. The Open Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Journal, 2008; 1: 8-13.

Goetz JE, Derrick TR, Pedersen DR, Robinson DA, Conzemius MG, Baer TE, Brown TD. Hip joint contact force in the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) during normal level walking. J Biomechanics. 41(4):770-778. 2008. PMID: 18206892; PCMID:2291359

Troy KL, Lundberg HJ, Conzemius MG, Brown TD. Habitual hip joint activity level of the penned emu (Dromaius Novalehollandie). I. Orthop. J. 2007;27:17-23. PMID: 17907425; PMCID:2150645

Robinson DA, Romans CW, Gordon-Evans WJ, Evans RB, Conzemius MG. Evaluation of short-term limb function following unilateral carbon dioxide laser or scalpel onychectomy in cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc, 2007; 230(3), 353-8. PMID: 17269865


Board Certifications

Diplomate ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons)

Clinical Interests

Joint replacement Adult stem cell therapy Animal models of human disease Genetic markers of orthopedic disease ACL injury prevention and treatment