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Fred WiningerVMD, MS, DIPLOMATE ACVIM (NEUROLOGY/NEUROSURGERY)

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology), Dr. Fred Wininger has extensive training and experience with both medical and surgical neurology. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the brain, spine, nerves and muscles.

Dr. Wininger graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After concluding a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia, he completed his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University, concurrently earning a Master of Science in Neuroscience in 2009.

Following residency, Dr. Wininger joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery and a member of the Comparative Neurology Program. In addition to serving as the attending neurosurgical clinician at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, he was an active researcher for the development of treatments of neurodegenerative disease that affect both young dogs and children. He received international awards for his efforts that contributed to therapies now utilized in both animals and humans. He maintains an adjunct professor role at Mizzou and remains an active member of the research and teaching program there. He developed one of the first hybrid private practice/academic residency training programs with the faculty at MU and trains four residents per year that will go on to practice neurosurgery themselves. The training of future veterinarians remains one of his top priorities.

Dr. Wininger has extensive clinical training in all aspects of veterinary neurology/neurosurgery with a neurosurgical certification from the ACVIM. His special interests include advanced MRI neuroimaging techniques and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures. He has authored several peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on these topics. He is the founding and current treasurer of Veterinary Neurosurgical Society, an organization committed to uniting veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons in discovering the best therapy for pets.He is the founder of 3D Veterinary Printing LLC.

Dr. Wininger joined VSS because of his desire to work more closely with his animal patients and their owners. Dr. Wininger prides himself on his compassionate care and is strongly bonded to his patients and clients. Dr. Wininger's wife Brandie is a professional chef and in their free time they enjoy exploring all of the wonderful restaurants St. Louis has to offer. At home, they have two dogs (a dachshund of course), a cat, 3 chickens and a large saltwater reef tank.