Pet Owners

Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery

Friendship Surgical Specialists (FSS) is led by board-certified surgeons, Dr. Mathieu Glassman and Dr. Laura Barbur.  FSS works closely with other specialists, including our anesthesiologist and emergency critical care specialists to ensure the most comprehensive care. FSS provides all disciplines of surgical care to the dogs and cats of Washington D.C., including orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery (abdominal and thoracic surgery), and all types of oncological surgery. In addition to surgical care, FSS also performs orthopedic/lameness evaluations and non-surgical orthopedic treatments.

Services offered:


  • Orthopedic traumatology/fracture management
  • Joint surgery
  • Cruciate disease, TPLO
  • Luxating patella surgery
  • Limb deformity correction
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Lameness evaluation
  • Pain management – Typically in conjunction with our anesthesiologist

Soft Tissue

  • Oncological surgery/in coordination with Friendship Oncology Specialists
  • Wound management and reconstruction
  • Hepatic Surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Megacolon
  • Thoracic surgeries
  • Airway Surgeries
  • Ear canal ablation (TECA/LBO)
  • Salivary mucocele
  • Urogenital surgery
  • Prophylactic surgery

Emergency surgeries performed by FSS:

  • Fracture repair
  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV)
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Hemoabdomen surgery
  • Pyometra surgery
  • Thoracic or abdominal wounds
  • Placement of the subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB)- for ureteral obstruction

How to schedule:

FSS operates Monday through Friday. Please call 202.363.7300 to make an appointment. You may also email

What sets us apart is our collaboration with other specialists, our team atmosphere, our dedication to providing the best communication and surgical services to our clients and patients, and our love of animals.

Friendship provides state of the art, comprehensive services for our clients and patients. But, more than that, we provide a caring team who understands the unique human-animal bond. View Our Services