Brian Trumpatori

Board Certified in Surgery

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Brian Trumpatori is a board certified surgeon who received a BS in animal science from Cornell University followed by his veterinary degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Trumpatori completed a one year rotating medicine/ surgery internship at Colorado State University and then returned to NC State to complete a three year surgical residency where he conducted research related to local anesthesia. He went on to complete a one year fellowship with the Comparative Pain Research Laboratory at NC State, during which time he also served as a clinical instructor for the general and orthopedic surgery services. Dr. Trumpatori serves as VSH’s Chief of Surgery.

He is an adjunct faculty member at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management from 2013-2017. His primary clinical interests include chronic and perioperative pain management (including regenerative therapies for osteoarthritis), orthopedics and sports medicine (fracture repair, arthroscopy and management of joint diseases), minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy), oncologic and reconstructive surgery. He has authored book chapters and lectured on various topics related to pain management, wound management and oncologic surgery.


From a young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. It wasn’t until I started veterinary school, where I was first introduced to specialty veterinary medicine, that I knew I wanted to work at the highest level of our profession. I’ve always been drawn to taking things apart and putting them back together, so specializing in surgery was an easy decision. Throughout veterinary school, internship, residency and post-residency training, I have had the great honor to work closely with many excellent surgeons and those training to be surgeons. These interactions have helped to shape me as a veterinarian and bolster my desire to provide the highest level of care for all of my patients.