Experienced veterinary surgeon Steven Leshem, DVM, serves on the team at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford. Steven Leshem, DVM, holds board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Steve Leshem has achieved certification through the University of Pennsylvania’s Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP).

PennHIP is an initiative developed from the research of Dr. Gail Smith, who began to explore methods for providing early diagnosis of canine hip dysplasia (CHD) in 1983. His research soon led to the development of a diagnostic method that enables veterinarians to estimate a dog’s susceptibility to CHD as early as 4 months of age.

Dr. Smith established PennHIP in 1993 as a scientific initiative designed to explore new technologies and methods for diagnosing CHD. Now part of the University of Pennsylvania, PennHIP continues to lead the way in advancing the research and technology surrounding CHD diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Articles on the program’s methods have appeared in several industry publications, including Veterinary Surgery and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.