Meet our Doctors

Stephen Garofolo, DVM

Specialty Surgeon

Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery

Dr Stephen Garafolo

I grew up and went to high school outside of Philadelphia. I went to undergrad at Florida State and attended veterinary school at the University of Florida. Following veterinary school, I spent 2 years working at the University of Minnesota Medical School in preclinical heart valve research. Later, I decided to return to the clinical side of veterinary medicine and completed a small animal surgery internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL on Chicago’s North Shore. I returned to Minneapolis the following year and completed my small animal surgery residency at the University of Minnesota. I have 3 dogs at home. Frank a chihuahua mix, Marvin a terrier mix, and Sasha a Husky Shepherd Mix.

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I was drawn to Friendship because of the hospital’s reputation for providing quality care, it’s location, and most importantly because I got the feeling that people genuinely enjoy working there.

Education

  • Florida State University (1999-2004)
  • University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM (2009-2013)
  • Veterinary Specialty Center, Small Animal Surgery Internship (2015-2016)
  • University of Minnesota, Small Animal Surgery Residency (2016-2019)

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Arthroscopy

Publications

  • Garofolo SQ, Pozzi A. Effect of plating technique on periosteal vasculature of the radius in dogs: a cadaveric study. Vet Surg 2013 Apr; 42(3):255-61.
  • Easley JT, Garofolo SQ, Ruehlman D, Hackett ES. A 3-portal laparoscopic ovariectomy technique in ewes. Small Ruminant Res 2014, Oct 2014; 121(2-3);336-339.
  • Garofolo SQ, Bianco RW, Robinson NA. Cases of sudden death in a sheep model implanted with aortic bioprostheses. J Veter Sci Med 2014 Aug; 2(2):4.
  • Garofolo SQ, Conzemius MG. Articulated Joint Distraction in a Cadaveric Model of the Canine Elbow. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2019 Jun 14 doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1691819.

Research Presentations and Posters

  • Veterinary Orthopaedic Society Conference, Snowmass, CO
    Poster Presentation (March 2018)
    • Garofolo SQ, Loughran GM, Freeman AL, Conzemius MG. Articulated Joint Distraction in a Cadaveric Model of the Canine Elbow.
  • International Workshop on Laboratory Large Animal Science, Tamil Nadu, India
    Presenter (May 2015)
    • Sheep as a model for heart valve research, cardiopulmonary bypass and management.
  • University of Minnesota Department of Surgery Research Day, Minneapolis, MN
    Poster Presentations (June 2014)
    • Garofolo SQ, Bianco RW, Robinson NA. Cases of sudden death in a sheep model implanted with aortic bioprostheses.
    • Robinson NA, Garofolo SQ, Carney JP, Lahti MT, Bianco RW. Acute structural valve deterioration of a novel aortic bioprosthesis of Carpentier-Edwards Perimount design, in a sheep model three years after implantation.
  • Orthopaedic Research Society Conference, San Antonio, TX
    Poster Presentation (January 2013)
    • Easley JT, Garofolo SQ, Ruehlman D, Hackett ES. A minimally invasive laparoscopic technique to surgically establish osteoporosis in sheep utilized for comparative orthopaedic research.
  • Veterinary Orthopaedic Society Conference, Snowmass, CO
    Presenter (March 2011)
    • The effect of minimally invasive plating osteosynthesis and open plating techniques on the extraosseous blood supply of the canine radius.

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