New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


Director, Translational Orthopaedic Research & Preclinical Studies, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center

Senior Research Investigator - Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center

Member, University of Pennsylvania IACUC Board

Member, University of Pennsylvania IACUC Veterinary Advisory Committee

Research Areas: Animal Models, Musculoskeletal system, Fracture healing, Orthopedic trauma, Recon, Spine, CMF, Infection, Microbiome

Contact Information:
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Dept of Clinical Studies
New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road

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Specialties: Preclinical translational research and service core. Preclinical study consulting, design and execution from proof-of-concept to pivotal trials compliant with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Regulations, 21 CFR Part 58. Bioskills training and protoype testing.

Stewart Suzanne, Barr Stephanie, Engiles Julie, Hickok Noreen J, Shapiro Irving M, Richardson Dean W, Parvizi Javad, Schaer Thomas P Vancomycin-modified implant surface inhibits biofilm formation and supports bone-healing in an infected osteotomy model in sheep: a proof-of-concept study. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 94: 1406-15, 2012.

Showalter Brent L, Beckstein Jesse C, Martin John T, Beattie Elizabeth E, Espinoza Orías Alejandro A, Schaer Thomas P, Vresilovic Edward J, Elliott Dawn M Comparison of animal discs used in disc research to human lumbar disc: torsion mechanics and collagen content. Spine 37: E900-7, 2012.

Schaer Thomas P, Stewart Suzanne, Hsu Bryan B, Klibanov Alexander M Hydrophobic polycationic coatings that inhibit biofilms and support bone healing during infection. Biomaterials 33: 1245-54, 2012.

Gasiorowski Janik C, Richardson Dean W, Boston Raymond C, Schaer Thomas P Influence of a resilient, hard-carbon thin film on drilling efficiency and thermogenesis. Veterinary surgery : VS 40: 875-80, 2011.

Jasmin Bambi H, Boston Ray C, Modesto Rolf B, Schaer Thomas P Perioperative ruminal pH changes in domestic sheep (Ovis aries) housed in a biomedical research setting. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science : JAALAS 50: 27-32, 2011.

Ahern Benjamin J, Schaer Thomas P, Terkhorn Shawn P, Jackson Karen V, Mason Nicola J, Hankenson Kurt D Evaluation of equine peripheral blood apheresis product, bone marrow, and adipose tissue as sources of mesenchymal stem cells and their differentation potential. American journal of veterinary research 72: 127-33, 2011.

Risbud Makarand V, Schaer Thomas P, Shapiro Irving M Toward an understanding of the role of notochordal cells in the adult intervertebral disc: from discord to accord. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists 239: 2141-8, 2010.

Ahern Benjamin J, Richardson Dean W, Boston Raymond C, Schaer Thomas P Orthopedic infections in equine long bone fractures and arthrodeses treated by internal fixation: 192 cases (1990-2006). Veterinary surgery : VS 39: 588-93, 2010.

Ahern Benjamin J, Harten Robert D, Gruskin Elliott A, Schaer Thomas P Evaluation of a fiber reinforced drillable bone cement for screw augmentation in a sheep model--mechanical testing. Clinical and translational science 3: 112-5, 2010.

Ahern Benjamin J, Soma Lawrance R, Boston Raymond C, Schaer Thomas P Comparison of the analgesic properties of transdermally administered fentanyl and intramuscularly administered buprenorphine during and following experimental orthopedic surgery in sheep. American journal of veterinary research 70: 418-22, 2009.

BS SAMD, Davos/Switzerland, 1986

VMD (Veterinary Medicine) University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 1996