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Professor of Surgery
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
The University of Tennessee
C247 Veterinary Medical Center
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8387
FAX: (865) 974-5554


  • Undergraduate
    University of Kentucky, 1960
    Western Kentucky University, 1961-1962 DVM
  • Veterinary
    Auburn University, DVM, 1966
    (High Honors, Graduated No. 1 in Class)
  • Graduate
    Michigan State University,, 1973
    (Thesis title: Cardiopulmonary Effects of Droperidol-Fentanyl, Nitrous Oxide and Atropine Sulfate in the Dog)

Recent Honors, Scholarships and Awards

  • University of Tennessee, Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, 2003.
  • University of Tennessee, Outstanding Clinician Award, 2003.
  • University of Tennessee, National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, 2004.

Clinical Interests

General interest is that of soft tissue surgery with specific interest in cardiovascular and reconstructive surgical diseases. Additional primary interest includes traumatology, critical care, Cardiorespiratory and Reconstructive surgery.

Research Interests

Research interests include the development and evaluation of new clinical surgery procedures, especially those used in correction of cardiovascular disease. Other research interests are: investigation of improved methods of trauma care, wound care, Airway surgical disease, and evaluation of reconstructive surgical techniques.

Professional Societies

  • Diplomate- American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Diplomate- American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists
  • Diplomate- American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • President, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, 1998
  • President, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, 1987-88
  • AVMA House of Delegates, 1999-2003



  • Weigt A.K., McCracken M.D., Krahwinkel, D.J."Extramedullary Plasmacytoma in the Canine Trachea". Comp. Cont.Ed. 23 (Feb. 2001) 143-151.
  • Krahwinkel, D.J., Rohrbach, B.W., Hollis,B.A.: "Factors associated with Survival in Dogs and Cats with Pneumothorax". J. Vet. Em. Crit. Care, 9 (March 1999) 7-12.
  • Jones, J.L., Krahwinkel, D.J. "Nitric Oxide Response in Critically Ill Dogs". J. Vet. Em. Crit. Care, 9 (Dec.1999) 195-202.
  • Kerstetter, K.K., Krahwinkel, D.J. "Short-term Hemodynamic Evaluation of Circumferential Mitral Valve Annuloplasty for Correction of Mitral Valve Regurgitation in Dogs". J. Vet. Surg. (1998) 27 : 216-223
  • Kerstetter, K.K., Krahwinkel, D.J.: "Pericardiectomy in dogs: 22 Cases" (1978-1994). JAVMA 211 (Sept.15, 1997) 736-740.
  • Vogt, J.C., Krahwinkel, D.J., Bright, R.M. :"Gradual occlusion of portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats utilizing the ameroid constrictor". Vet. Surg. 25 (Nov.-Dec. 1996)495-502.
  • Wilkens, B., Sullivan, P., McDonald, T.P., Krahwinkel, D.J.: "Effects of cephalothin, cefazolin, and cefmetazoleon the hemostatic mechanism in normal dogs". Vet. Surg. 24(Jan.-Feb. 1995) 25-31.
  • Krahwinkel, D.J., Pardo, A.D., Sims, M..H.: "Effect of Total Ablation of the External Acoustic Meatus and lateral Bulla Osteotomy on Auditory Function in Dogs". JAVMA 202(March 15, 1993) 949-952.
  • Okrasinski, E.B., Krahwinkel, D.J., Sanders,W.L.: "Treatment of Dogs in Hemorrhagic Shock by Intraosseous Infusion of Hypertonic Saline and Dextran". Vet. Surg. 21(Jan.-Feb. 1992) 20-24.
  • Sackman, J.E., Sims, M.H., Krahwinkel, D.J.: "Urodynamic Evaluation of Lower Urinary Tract Function in Cats After Perineal Urethrostomy with Minimal and Extensive Dissection". Vet. Surg. 20 (Jan.-Feb. 1991) 55-60.
  • Griffin JF, Krahwinkel DJ. Laryngeal paralysis: Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and surgical repair. Compendium 200527: 857-869.
  • Krahwinkel DJ, Booth HW. Topical and systemic medications for wounds. Vet Clin NA 200636(4):739-758.
  • Sura PA, Krahwinkel DJ. Self-expanding nitinol stents for the treatment of tracheal collapse in dogs: 12 cases (2001-2004). JAVMA 2008232:1-9.
Recent book Chapters and Editorships

  • Krahwinkel DJ. "Surgery of the External Ear Canal, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, 3rd Edition, W. B. Saunders Co., 2002.
  • Krahwinkel DJ (Section Editor). "The Ear. Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, 3rd Edition, W.B. Saunders Co., 2002.
  • Swaim SF, Krahwinkel DJ (Editors). Veterinary Clinics of North America-Small Animal Practice: Wound Management. 2006 Jul;36(4).