Jeffrey J. Runge, DVM, DACVS


Jeffrey J. Runge, DVM, DACVS, is an internationally recognized
board-certified surgeon who holds the honor of being an American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS) Founding Fellow in minimally invasive surgery.
He has extensive expertise in soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery and is widely respected for his clinical expertise and scientific research in veterinary minimally invasive surgery.

He attended veterinary school at Ross University and the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2005. He went on to complete a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, the PennHIP Orthopedic Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a surgical residency, also at the University of Pennsylvania (where he won first place for the Clinical ACVS Resident Research Award).

From 2010 to 2018, he was a lecturer in surgery and then an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. During that time, he headed the minimally invasive surgery program and served as chief of surgery from 2016 to 2018.

Dr. Runge was a pioneer in single-port laparoscopic surgery in pets and has modernized the techniques of numerous thoracoscopic and laparoscopic procedures in dogs and cats. He uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat diseases of the lungs, heart, lymphatic system, liver, gallbladder, kidney, adrenal, stomach, intestines and bladder, as well as in reproductive tract procedures for male and female pets.

Outside the OR, he has published over 50 manuscripts, authored 15-plus book chapters, taught more than 20 surgery courses, and lectured on minimally invasive surgery on three continents. He has won seven outstanding faculty teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also president-elect of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society.

Dr. Runge’s Lectures And Speaking Engagements 2019

In 2019, Dr. Jeffrey Runge (Surgery) continued to maintain his scholarly commitment to teaching advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as open surgical procedures to veterinarians around the world.

Below is a list of his speaking and teaching engagements for 2019.

Oct 2019

(ACVS) American College of Veterinary Surgeons Annual Summit (Las Vegas NV)

  • Chair/Head of the Minimally Invasive Surgical Session: Friday, Oct 18, 2019
  • Lecture: Single Port vs Needlescopic MIS: Friday, Oct 18, 2019
  • (Link)

Nov 2019

(NY Vet) New York Veterinary

  • Small Animal Soft Tissue and Surgical Principles Laboratory (Link)

Feb 2019:  

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Lead Instructor

Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Abdominal Procedures (Taipei, Taiwan)

  • Lead Instructor

May 2019:

Veterinary Endoscopy Society 15 Annual Meeting (Lake Tahoe, CA)

  • Abstract: Feline Laparoscopic Embryonic Transfer: Early outcomes
  • Abstract: MIS treatment of Feline Chylothorax

August 2019:

ACVS Laboratory: Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (Colorado State University, CO)

Dr. Runge’s Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications

Dr. Jeffrey Runge joined Guardian Veterinary Specialists in January of 2019 and since that time he has maintained his ability to produce and publish new scientific research for the veterinary profession whilst maintaining a busy clinical caseload!

Below are four peer-reviewed scientific publications from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Journal of Veterinary Surgery (with links to abstracts) published this year alone!

The chylothorax publication was written in collaboration with leading human surgeons on a technique that Dr. Runge developed using near-Infrared imaging for mapping of the lymphatic system.

Please enjoy the listings and links to abstract summaries below:

1. Hybrid single-port laparoscopic cisterna chyli ablation for the adjunct treatment of chylothorax disease in dogs.

Morris KP, Singh A, Holt DE, Stefanovski D, Singhal S, Bosco J, Capps M, McCallum M, Runge JJ. 

Veterinary Surgery. 2019 Jun;48(S1):O121-O129

2. Optimization of surgical approach for thoracoscopic-assisted pulmonary surgery in dogs.

Singh A, Scott J, Case JB, Mayhew PD, Runge JJ.

Veterinary Surgery. 2019 Jun;48(S1):O99-O104

3. Perioperative morbidity and mortality in dogs with invasive adrenal neoplasms treated by adrenalectomy and cavotomy.

Mayhew PD, Boston SE, Zwingenberger AL, Giuffrida MA, Runge JJ, Holt DE, Raleigh JS, Singh A, Culp WTN, Case JB, Steffey MA, Balsa IM.

Veterinary Surgery. 2019 Jul;48(5):742-750.

4. Evaluation of minimally invasive small intestinal exploration and targeted abdominal organ biopsy with the use of a wound retraction device in dogs: 27 cases (2010-2017).  

Shamir SK, Singh A, Mayhew PD, Runge JJ, Case JB, Steffey MA, Balsa IM, Culp WTN,

Giuffrida MA, Kilkenny JJ, Zur Linden A.

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association  2019 Jul 1;255(1):78-84

5. Determination of optimal location for thoracoscopic-assisted pulmonary surgery for lung lobectomy in cats

Jacqueline E ScottAmeet SinghJ Brad CasePhilipp D MayhewJeffrey J Runge

American Journal of Veterinary Research 2019 Nov;80(11):1050-1054. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.80.11.1050.

6. Single-Port Laparoscopic Treatment and Outcome of Dogs with Ovarian Remnant Syndrome: 13 Cases (2010-2018)

Aaron PercivalAmeet SinghCathy GartleyIngrid BalsaJ Brad CasePhilipp D MayhewMichelle OblakBrigitte A BrissonJeffrey J RungeAlexander ValverdeR Alex Zur LindenMatthieu Gatineau

Journal of American Animal Hospital Association Mar/Apr 2020;56(2):114-119. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6923. Epub 2020 Jan 21.

7. A survey of criteria used to evaluate applications for small animal surgery residency positions

Jeremy T FlemingMichelle A GiuffridaWilliam T N CulpJeffrey J Runge

Veterinary Surgery 2020 Apr;49(3):540-549. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13345. Epub 2019 Nov 21.

8. Paramedian incisional complications after prophylactic laparoscopy-assisted gastropexy in 411 dogs

Jessica K BaronSue A CasaleEric MonnetPhilipp D Mayhew , Jeffrey J RungeChristelle M FolletteKevin PhippsMargaret E PowellAlicja I ReczynskaNathan T SquireBruce A BartonJohn Berg

Veterinary Surgery 2020 Jun;49 Suppl 1:O148-O155. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13348. Epub 2019 Dec 8

9. Retrospective multicentric study comparing durations of surgery and anesthesia and likelihoods of short- and long-term complications between cats positioned in sternal or dorsal recumbency for perineal urethrostomy

Alicia K NyeJill K LutherF A MannKelley Thieman MankinHeidi PhillipsKelsey J GoodePamela SchwartzNathan T SquireJeffrey J RungeElizabeth A SwansonDanielle R Dugat

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2020 Jul 15;257(2):176-182. doi: 10.2460/javma.257.2.176.