Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Jose M Garcia-Lopez

Large Animal Surgery and Sports Medicine

A fascination with equine athletes and sports medicine drew Dr. José M. García-López to join the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and its Hospital for Large Animals (HLA) in 2002. He is double certified, achieving Diplomate status in 2001 from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and in 2013 from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).

Dr. García-López is the current Head of the newly formed Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery Service within the HLA, where he specializes in lameness, advanced imaging (nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI), regenerative therapies (Stem Cell, PRP, IRAP), as well as orthopedic and respiratory surgery for his equine patients. Dr. García-López also serves as a director for the Skeletal Pathobiology course as well as a contributor the Large Animal Medicine & Surgery course, lecturing on Equine Musculoskeletal conditions.

In addition to his clinical interests, his area of research expertise include the development and testing of new instrumentation and techniques which aid in the management and treatment of fractures and joint injury. Dr. García-López presents regularly at National and International equine conferences. He has also written numerous publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and text book chapters and book chapters in the area of surgery and equine sports medicine. He and his wife, fellow Hospital for Large Animals faculty member Dr. Kate Chope, live in nearby Westborough, MA, with their three children, three English Pointers, a cat, and two ponies.


  • VMD - University of Pennsylvania - 1996
  • BS - University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus - 1991

Board Certification

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR
  1. Bassage LH, García-López JM, Currid EM:  Osteolytic lesions of the tuber calcanei in two horses.  J Am Vet Med Assn 2000; 217(5): 710-716.
  2. García-López JM, Provost PJ, Rush JE, Zicker SC, Burmaster H, LM Freeman:  Prevalence and prognostic importance of hypomagnesemia and hypocalcemia in horses that have colic surgery.  Am J Vet Research 2001; 62(1): 7-12.
  3. García-López JM, Boudrieau RJ, Provost PJ:  Surgical repair of coxofemoral luxation in a horse.  J Am Vet Med Assn 2001; 219(9): 1254-1258.
  4. García-López JM, Kirker-Head CA:  Occult Subchondral Osseous Cyst-like Lesions of the Equine Tarso-crural Joint.  Vet Surg 2004; 33(5): 557-564.
  5. Jenei T, García-López JM, Provost PJ, Kirker-Head CA: Surgical Management of Small Intestinal Incarceration through the Gastrosplenic Ligament: 14 Cases (1994-2006).  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2007; 231(8): 1221-1224.

General Research Interests

  • Equine Orthopedics
  • Equine Upper respiratory
  • Equine Gastrointestinal Disease

Selected Research Projects

  • In-Vitro Evaluation of Heat Generation, Pull-out Strength, and Microfractures for a New Positive Profile Self-Tapping Transfixation Pin for Use in the Equine Third Metacarpal Bone
  • In-Vitro Comparison of Temperature Generation Between Traditional Sequential Drilling and a Newly Designed Step Drill in the Equine Third Metacarpal Bone
  • In-Vitro Biomechanical Comparison of a New Locking Compression Plate (LCP) with a Limited Contact Dynamic Plate (LCDCP) for Use in the Equine Patient

Research Interests by Area

Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical application of stem cells for musculoskeletal disease.
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Fracture repair, tendon and ligament injury, stem cell treatment, developmental orthopedic disease, laminitis

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Musculoskeletal, arthroscopy, stem cell treatments bone and tendon

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Arthroscopy Equipment
  • Laparoscopy Equipment
  • Nd:YAG and CO2 Lasers
  • Video Endoscopy
  • High Definition Ultrasound
  • High-Speed Treadmill Evaluation
  • Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Digital High Resolution Gamma Camera
  • Computed Radiography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)