Doctors & Staff



Ross A. Lirtzman, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

A native Chicagoan, Ross Lirtzman and family have been making winter pilgrimages to Scottsdale, Arizona since the 1960s. As of 2004, Ross is pleased to call North Scottsdale home to his own family, lifestyle and the Animal Specialty Group of Scottsdale.

A graduate of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in 1986, Dr. Lirtzman attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in Champaign-Urbana with a graduate degree of doctor of veterinary medicine in 1990.  Lirtzman then completed a one year rotating internship in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Between 1991 and 1995, Ross Lirtzman was a resident and chief resident in Small Animal Surgery at the highly regarded Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. During his UC-Davis tenure, Lirtzman was involved in both microvascular surgical research and clinical investigations of kidney transplantation in cats and dogs.

Following residency, Dr. Lirtzman was dedicated for nearly five years to cardiovascular device surgical research with a Santa Barbara, California company – Ramus Medical Technologies. As a surgeon and medical device innovator, Lirtzman studied and co-developed a novel coronary artery bypass graft for use in human cardiac patients known as the RapidGraft™. Dr. Lirtzman has collaborated with numerous prestigious medical centers and research institutions in Europe and the United States, including Stanford University, Loma Linda Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.


Ross Lirtzman has been committed full time to private veterinary surgery specialty practice since 2000 with a majority of his experience in a large, multi-specialist referral center in the southern California counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara. Since choosing to establish home and family in Arizona, Lirtzman has developed Scottsdale’s first and only orthopedic surgery specialty center for dogs and cats – Animal Specialty Group of Scottsdale and Arizona Canine Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - with an emphasis on arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive fracture repair and joint replacements. 

Lirtzman is a strong advocate of specialty veterinary services and value-driven healthcare objectives based on more substantial medical and surgical training, unequaled and diverse research and clinical experience and superior technologies.

Dr. Lirtzman has served as a member of the editorial review boards for the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs Journal (ASAIO) and Veterinary Surgery.  Previously a member of the Public Relations Committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Lirtzman has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and the HALO Animal Rescue.  Currently, Dr. Lirtzman serves as a surgical consultant to the Phoenix Zoo and is a member of the Zoo's Animal Health Advisory Committee.

Ross is married to physician Julia E. Solomon, M.D., who is board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine. Ross and Julia are the proud parents of daughter Isabella and six “fur kids” - Spinone Italiano dogs Carmela, Vinnie and Louie plus three Scottish Fold cats.


Ross Lirtzman, D.V.M., is specialty board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Other key members of the ASG staff include:

Cari Alford - Practice Administrator and Referral Outreach Coordinator

Karen Lyons - Front Office Supervisor

Emileigh Clark, AOS, Certified Surgical Technologist - OR Supervisor

Emileigh joined the ASG team after completing her externship from Kaplan College in 2012. Previously, Clark worked as a formally trained surgical scrub nurse in a cosmetic surgery center. Emileigh now brings her unique and substantial operating room experience to our veterinary operating rooms. With a real passion for surgery, Emileigh brings improved coordination and physician-level support to ASG's surgeons.