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Faculty of the Orthopaedic Research Center

For the most up-to-date list of faculty research, please visit each faculty member's PubMed account.​

Wayne McIlwraith

Equine orthopaedic surgery, joint disease (arthritis) research as well as osteoarthritis therapy (including gene therapy and stem cell therapies), articular cartilage repair, and early diagnosis in osteoarthritis and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.

Laurie Goodrich

New approaches to bone and joint healing in equine athletes including gene therapy and stem cell therapy. Ongoing studies include using adeno-associated viral vectors to deliver growth factors and anti-inflammatory molecules important in cartilage and bone healing.

Erin Contino

Dr. Erin Contino joined our faculty in 2014 as a Fellow in Equine Imaging and as a Clinical Instructor in Equine Sports Medicine. She was promoted to Assistant Professor of Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2015. Erin graduated with a DVM from Colorado State University in 2010 and completed a one year internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in California. She then returned to CSU for a three-year Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2014. Before and during her time as a DVM student, Erin also completed a Master’s Degree in Equine Radiology at the Orthopaedic Research Center. Erin’s research interests include equine musculoskeletal imaging, diagnostic analgesia, lameness, and performance issues in equine athletes. In her free time, Erin is a passionate three day event rider.

​PubMed for Erin Contino
Office Phone: (970) 297-4507​​

David Frisbie

Dr. Frisbie is a Professor of Equine Surgery at the ORC and a partner in Equine Sports Medicine, LLC, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Frisbie specializes in equine orthopaedic research, intra-articular therapeutics, new methods of cartilage repair, equine lameness, orthopaedic surgery, biologics for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries (emphasis on stem cells), and gene therapy.
PubMed for David Frisbie
Office Phone: (970) 297-4555

Kevin Haussler

Clinical Interests: Sports medicine, Spinal and pelvic-related disorders, Acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Research Interests: Diagnosis and management of back problems in equine athletes, Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, Objective assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunction, Acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy.

Chris Kawcak

Dr. Kawcak is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent and treat catastrophic injuries in equine athletes. He is assessing three-dimensional imaging techniques, MRI and CT to diagnose early joint disease and microscopic joint injuries before these develop into serious injuries.

Melissa King

Dr. Melissa King received her D.V.M. from CSU in 1997 and completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. King returned to northern Colorado to begin her career as an equine ambulatory clinician focusing on equine sports medicine. In 2011, Dr. King completed a Ph.D. at the ORC assessing the efficacy of underwater treadmill exercise to diminish the progression of carpal osteoarthritis. Currently, Dr. King is a clinical instructor and the lead clinician for the Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at CSU.

PubMed for Melissa King
Office Phone: (970) 297-4165​​

John Kisiday

Regenerative therapies for orthopaedic tissues, mechanobiology.
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Office Phone: (970) 297-5071

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