Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Michael P Kowaleski

Clinical Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgery

As a member of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals' surgical team,Dr.Michael Kowaleski specializes in joint replacement, arthroscopy, stifle (knee) surgery, corrective osteotomy and fracture treatments. Although his most common patients are dogs and cats, he occasionally operates on exotic animals and, most recently, camelids such as alpacas. He serves as the course director forPrinciples of Surgeryfor second-year veterinary students and for an orthopedic elective in the third year, teaches small animal surgery for third-year students and serves as a facilitator for the school's Problem Based Learning course for first year students.

Dr.Kowaleski is a home-grown talent from a family of veterinarians. He grew up in nearby Sterling, Massachusetts and his father and sister are both veterinarians. He attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for hisDVMstudies and completed the dual residency in surgery at Tufts andAngell Animal Medical Center.The practice of medicine has always intrigued me,Dr.Kowaleski says.I have always been adept at taking things apart and repairing them; thus surgery is a very good fit for me.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Cummings School,Dr.Kowaleski was an assistant professor, then associate professor, of orthopedic surgery at The Ohio State University. He has enjoyed the demanding caseload here, as well as the opportunity to work on unique cases. Recently, he teamed up with the surgical team at the school'sHospital for Large Animalsto treat an alpaca with patellar luxation (looseness in the kneecap). In 2008,Dr.Kowaleski also adapted human instrumentation and implants to fix a middle-aged cocker spaniel with a poorly healing fracture in its elbow.

Dr.Kowaleski also enjoys participating in the school's clinical and basic science research projects (please seeDr.Kowaleski's academic profile for the latest research publications) and travels nationally and internationally to present on the latest surgical techniques.

Dr.Kowaleski and his wife, Lisa, have two young sons and enjoy boating, sailing, fishing, skiing and rock climbing.

Education

  • Surgical Residency - Tufts University/Angell Memorial Animal Hospital - 1999-2002
  • DVM - Tufts University - 1993
  • BS - University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Summa Cum Laude) - 1989

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Does Radiographic Arthrosis Correlate With Cartilage Pathology in Labrador Retrievers Affected by Medial Coronoid Process Disease?

Author(s):Farrell, M. | Heller, J. | Solano, M. | Fitzpatrick, N. | Sparrow, T. | Kowaleski, M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Management of bilateral patellar luxation in an Alpaca

Author(s):Abuja, G.A. | Kowaleski, M.P. | García-López, J.M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Radiographic outcome and complications of tibial plateau leveling osteotomy stabilized with an anatomically contoured locking bone plate

Author(s):Kowaleski, M.P. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Beale, B.S. | Piras, A. | Hulse, D. | Johnson, K.A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Comparison of the axial stiffness of carbon composite and aluminium alloy circular external skeletal fixator rings

Author(s):Gauthier, C.M. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Gerard, P.D. | Rovesti, G.L.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Biomechanical Considerations in Total Hip Replacement

Author(s):Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Advances in Small Animal Total Joint Replacement

The World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress:"synergy in action"

Author(s):Ehrhart, N. | Kowaleski, M. | Van Ryssen, B. | Pozzi, A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Mechanical Analysis of Twelve Toggle Suture Constructs for Stabilization of Coxofemoral Luxations

Author(s):Jha, S. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Biomechanical and computational evaluation of two loading transfer concepts for pancarpal arthrodesis in dogs

Author(s):Rothstock, S. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Beale, B.S. | Piras, A. | Ryan, M. | Bouré, L. | Brianza, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Evaluation of the dorsal acetabular coverage obtained by a modified triple pelvic osteotomy (2.5 pelvic osteotomy): An ex vivo study on a cadaveric canine codel

Author(s):Petazzoni, M. | Tamburro, R. | Nicetto, T. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Minimally Invasive Osteosynthesis Techniques of the Femur

Author(s):Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Biomechanical Concepts Applicable to Minimally Invasive Fracture Repair in Small Animals

Author(s):Chao, P. | Lewis, D.D. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Pozzi, A.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

In vitro biomechanical evaluation and comparison of a new prototype locking plate and a limited-contact self compression plate for equine fracture repair

Author(s):Quinteros, D.D. | García-López, J.M. | Abuja, G.A. | Tarkanian, M. | Maranda, L.S. | Bubeck, K. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Effect of pilot hole diameter and tapping on insertion torque and axial pullout strength of 4.0-mm cancellous bone screws

Author(s):Kunkel, K.A.R. | Suber, J.T. | Gerard, P.D. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Single cycle to failure in torsion of three standard and five locking plate constructs

Author(s):Cabassu, J.B. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Shorinko, J.K. | Blake, C.A. | Gaudette, G.R. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Single cycle to failure in bending of three standard and five locking plates and plate constructs

Author(s):Blake, C.A. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Torrance, B.S. | Tacvorian, E.K. | Cabassu, J.B. | Gaudette, G.R. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Extra-articular stabilization of the cranial cruciate deficient stifle with anchor systems | Einsatz von Verankerungssystemen zur extraartikulären Stabilisierung des Kniegelenks nach Ruptur des vorderen Kreuzbandes

Author(s):Hulse, D. | Saunders, B. | Beale, B. | Kowaleski, M.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Tierarztliche Praxis Ausgabe K: Kleintiere - Heimtiere

Combination tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and transverse corrective osteotomy of the proximal tibia for the treatment of complex tibial deformities in 12 dogs

Author(s):Weh, J.L. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Analysis of Suture Anchor Eyelet Position on Suture Failure Load

Author(s):Aktay, S.A. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Ex Vivo Biomechanical Evaluation of the Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament-Deficient Stifle with Varying Angles of Stifle Joint Flexion and Axial loads after Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

Author(s):Hoffmann, D.E. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Johnson, K.A. | Evans, R.B. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Tibial tuberosity transposition-advancement for treatment of medial patellar luxation and concomitant cranial cruciate ligament disease in the dog. Surgical technique, radiographic and clinical outcomes.

Author(s):Yeadon, R. | Fitzpatrick, N. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and comparative orthopaedics and traumatology : V.C.O.T

General Research Interests

  • Clinical orthopedics, with a focus on total joint replacement
  • Arthroscopy
  • Fracture healing
  • Implant design
  • Biomechanics and the role of osteotomy in the treatment of joint disease

Selected Research Projects

  • Biomechanical evaluation of TPLO and TTA
  • Initial stability of BFX™ cementless total hip replacment
  • Radiological assessment of limb alignment
  • Experimental evaluation of locking plate fixation

Teaching

  • Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
  • Principles of Surgery - Course Director
  • Spay Lab
  • Orthopedic Surgery - Clinical Rotation
  • Orthopedic Elective

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Osteoarthritis of the elbow, stifle and hip, cruciate ligament repair in dogs, total hip replacement, platelet-rich plasma applications, developmental orthopedic disease

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Biomechanics and the role of osteotomy in the treatment of joint disease, novel therapies for osteoarthritis. Orthopedic surgery research; spontaneous animal disease models for evaluating response to osteoarthritis treatments, fracture repair and implants, implant design, strength and application

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Instron Model 8511 servohydraulic materials testing device
  • Toshiba Acquilion 16 slice CT
  • Siemens Symphony 1.5 Tesla MRI
  • Digital high-resolution gamma camera (IS2 NuCamma Enhanced Technologies, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
  • AMTI dual platform force plate gait analysis system
  • Arthroscopy
  • Comprehensive surgical facilities
  • Media center
  • Clinical pathology and pathology facilities complement the environment

House Officer Training

  • Rotating Internship
  • ACVS Resident
  • ECVS Resident