The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has honored Dr. A. Simon Turner, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Clinical Sciences, with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Turner received the award in June during the The Ohio State University’s annual Oath and Hooding ceremony. Former CSU Professor Gary L. Cockerell, a veterinary pathologist, also was honored at the ceremony with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
“Dr. Turner is an outstanding veterinarian, scientist, and accomplished equine surgeon who successfully transitioned from a distinguished career as a clinician-educator to a second career as one of the pre-eminent translational scientists in musculoskeletal research,” noted Ohio State’s commendation. “He is both passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the role of veterinarians as translational scientists, as so much of his own research involves collaborations with physicians and biomedical engineers. In addition he is recognized nationally and internationally as the foremost expert on the use of sheep as surgical models in orthopedics. A prolific writer, Dr. Turner has published over 350 scientific abstracts and papers in peer-reviewed journals and the diversity of these journals speaks to the tremendous breadth of his work. He has written nine books and also contributed ten book chapters.”
Dr. Turner received his BVSc Degree from the University of Melbourne in 1972 and, after a year in general practice in Australia, came to OSU to pursue a residency in equine surgery. He completed the residency in 1975, along with a master’s degree. After leaving OSU, he held a faculty appointment at Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, first as an Assistant Professor and then as an Associate Professor.
He left Western in 1977 to take an appointment at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1978 and was promoted to full Professor in July 1986. During his time at CSU, Dr. Turner has been awarded three "Excellence in Teaching" awards and in 2001 was inducted into the Glover Gallery for distinguished alumni and faculty at CSU. In 2009, Dr. Turner was awarded the Lifetime Excellence in Research Award by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“Dr. Turner has created a legacy in musculoskeletal research and teaching that continues to have profound impacts in human and veterinary medicine both here in Colorado and around the world,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “We congratulate Dr. Turner on this well-deserved honor from The Ohio State University.”
Although he had planned to continue working for many more years, Dr. Turner recently retired from CSU following injuries sustained in a cycling accident in 2010. As a Professor Emeritus, Dr. Turner will continue to be involved in research and teaching at Colorado State University, by sharing his experience and expertise in orthopaedic research, and occasionally assisting other investigators with their projects.