Dr. William D. Liska
Dr. Liska received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1973. He completed an internship and surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York in 1976. He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1980. He started in practice in Houston from 1976 until 1988. In 1988, he founded one of the largest multi-disciplinary veterinary specialty hospitals accepting patients by referral only from other veterinarians. Dr. Liska received the 1999 Practitioner of the Year and the 2009 Specialty Practitioner of the Year Awards from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He was awarded the American Veterinary Medical Association Practitioner Research Award in 2009 for his canine and feline hip and knee replacement studies. Dr. Liska has played a significant role in the development of the canine total knee replacement, the Micro total hip replacement for small dogs and for cats, and new upgrade design of hip replacement implants for larger dogs.
Dr. Liska has performed over 2,000 joint replacement procedures. He has been the leader in numbers of received THR referrals and procedures performed in the State of Texas for many years, and is among the leaders in the country and internationally. He is Certified by the instrumentation and implant manufacturer (BioMedtrix LLC, Whippany, NJ) in all hip and knee replacement procedures currently available.
Dr. Liska founded, and now dedicates his career to Global Veterinary Specialists and the Global Veterinary Specialists Foundation. The educational and surgical services offered focus primarily on joint replacement surgery and orthopedics for dogs and cats. He has been an instructor in over 35 joint replacement workshops training other veterinary surgeons from the USA and many other countries. The most common joints involved are the hip and knee. Product development, technician staff training, and research projects are also part of his GVS activity.