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W. Brian Saunders

Associate Professor


Phone: (979) 845-2351

Mailstop: 4474

Department: VSCS

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  • Diplomate , American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2010
  • Residency , Texas A&M University 2009
  • Ph.D. , Texas A&M University Health Science Center 2005
  • Internship , University of Tennessee 2002
  • D.V.M. , Texas A&M University 2001
  • B.S. , Texas A&M University 1998


  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Texas Veterinary Medical License: 9108

Scholarly Interests

Clinical interests: total joint replacement, arthroscopy, minimally invasive osteosynthesis (MIO), cranial cruciate ligament disease. Research interests: cell-matrix interactions, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), canine and human adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), tissue engineering for bone and cartilage defects.


The association of bucket handle tear of the medial meniscus with arthroscopically-derived medial femorotibial cartilage and periarticular osteophyte scores in dogs with complete cranial cruciate ligament rupture
Kaufman K, Beale BS, Thames HD, Saunders WB
Veterinary Surgery. 2017 46(1):120-9.
The use of small field of view 3T MRI for identification of articular cartilage defects in the canine stifle: an ex vivo cadaveric study
Ruoff CM, Eichelberger BM, Pool RR, Griffin JF, Cummings KJ, Pozzi A, Padua A, Saunders WB
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. 2016 57(9):601-10.
Combined tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and tibial tuberosity transposition for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture and medial patellar luxation.
Leonard KC, Kowaleski MP, Saunders WB, Boudrieau RJ.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2016 29(6):536-40.
The effect of sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO) on frontal plane thoracic limb alignment: an ex-vivo canine cadaveric study.
Breiteneicher AB, Norby B, Schulz KS, Kerwin SC, Hulse DA, Fox DB, Saunders WB
Veterinary Surgery. 2016 45(8):1095-1107.
Fragmentation of the medial coronoid process in toy and small breed dogs: 13 elbows (2000-2012).
Hans EC, Saunders WB, Beale BS, Hulse DA.
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. 2016 52(4):234-41.
Outcome following surgical correction of grade 4/4 medial patellar luxation in dogs: 47 stifles (2001-2012).
Hans EC, Kerwin SC, Elliott AC, Butler R, Saunders WB, Hulse DA
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. 2016 52(3):162-169.
Serum concentrations of canine interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein in healthy dogs after incubation using an autologous serum processing system.
Huggins SS, Suchodolski JS, Bearden RN, Steiner JM, Saunders WB.
Research in Veterinary Sicence. 2015 101:28-33.
In Vitro Biomechanical Comparison of 3.5 mm LC-DCP/Intramedullary Rod and 5 mm Clamp-Rod Internal Fixator (CRIF)/Intramedullary Rod Fixation in a Canine Femoral Gap Model.
Bonin GA, Baker ST, Davis CA, Bergerson CM, Hildebrandt AA, Hulse DA, Kerwin SC, Moreno MR, Saunders WB
Vet Surg. 2014 43(7):860-868.
Thoracic limb alignment in healthy labrador retrievers: evaluation of standing versus recumbent frontal plane radiography.
Goodrich ZJ, Norby B, Eichelberger BM, Friedeck WO, Callis HN, Hulse DA, Kerwin SC, Fox DB, Saunders WB
Vet Surg. 2014 43(7):791-803.
Extra-articular stabilization of the canine cranial cruciate ligament injury using Arthrex Corkscrew and FASTak anchors
Kishi E, Hulse D, Rakse M, Saunders WB, Beale B
Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 03 (02), 156-160. 2013
An intrapericardial technique for PDA ligation: surgical description and clinical outcome in 35 dogs.
Selmic LE, Nelson DA, Saunders AB, Hobson HP, Saunders WB
J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2013 49(1):31-40.
Cardiac troponin I concentrations following medetomidine-butorphanol sedation in dogs.
Singletary GE, Saunders AB, Saunders WB, Suchodolski JS, Steiner JM, Fosgate GT, Hartsfield SM
Vet Anaesth Analg. 2010 37(4):342-6.
Determination of isometric points for placement of a lateral suture in treatment of the cranial cruciate ligament deficient stifle.
Hulse D, Hyman W, Beale B, Saunders B, Peycke L, Hosgood G.
Vet Comp Orthop Traum. 2010 23(3):163-7.
Endothelial cell lumen and vascular guidance tunnel formation requires MT1-MMP-dependent proteolysis in 3D collagen matrices.
Stratman AN, Saunders WB, Sacharidou A, Koh W, Fisher KE, Zawieja DC, Davis MJ, Davis GE.
Blood. 2009 114(2):237-47.
Coregulation of vascular tube stabilization by endothelial cell TIMP-2 and pericyte TIMP-3.
Saunders WB, Bohnsack BL, Faske JB, Anthis NJ, Bayless KJ, Hirschi KK, Davis GE.
J Cell Biology. 2006 175(1):179-91.
Tumor cell invasion of collagen matrices requires coordinate lipid agonist-induced G-protein and membrane-type-matrix metalloproteinase-1 dependent signaling.
Fisher KE, Pop A, Koh W, Anthis NJ, Saunders WB, Davis GE.
Molecular Cancer. 2006 5(69):1-23.
Endothelial tubes assemble from intracellular vacuoles in vivo.
Kamei M, Saunders WB, Bayless KJ, Dye L, Davis GE, Weinstein BM.
Nature. 2006 442(7101):453-456.
MMP-1 activation by serine proteases and MMP-10 (stromelysin-2) induces human capillary tubular network collapse in three-dimensional collagen matrices.
Saunders WB, Bayless KJ, Davis GE.
J Cell Sci. 2005 118(10):2325-40.
Evaluation of portal locations and periarticular structures in canine coxofemoral arthroscopy: a cadaver study.
Saunders WB, Hulse DL, Schulz KS.
Vet Comp Orthop Trauma. 2004 17(4):184-8.
Pneumoperitoneum in the dog and cat, 39 cases (1983-2002)
Saunders WB, Tobias KM.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003 223(4):462-8.

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