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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.
 

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.
 

Dr. Frisbie is an Associate 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
Email: david.frisbie@colostate.edu
Office Phone: (970) 297-4555

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.
 

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.
 

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
Email: melissa.king@colostate.edu
Office Phone: (970) 297-4165​​

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

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