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Jose M. Garcia-Lopez - VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

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
  • AOVET Faculty
  • 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. Manso-Díaz, G., García-López, J.M., López-Sanromán, J., Taeymans, O. 2020. Magnetic resonance dacryocystography in the horse: A feasibility study. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  2. Prisk, A.J., García-López, J.M. 2019. Long-term prognosis for return to athletic function after interspinous ligament desmotomy for treatment of impinging and overriding dorsal spinous processes in horses: 71 cases (2012–2017). Veterinary Surgery.
  3. Manso-Díaz, G., Taeymans, O., García-López, J.M., Weller, R. 2019. Application and indications of magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography of the equine head. Equine Veterinary Education.
  4. García-López, J.M. 2018. Tarsal luxation in the horse: Management options and challenges. Equine Veterinary Education.
  5. Aarsvold, S., Solano, M., Garcia-Lopez, J. 2018. Magnetic resonance imaging following regional limb perfusion of gadolinium contrast medium in 26 horses. Equine Veterinary Journal.
  6. García-López, J.M. 2018. Equine Sports Medicine: Our Daily Challenge. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice.
  7. García-López, J.M. 2018. Neck, Back, and Pelvic Pain in Sport Horses. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice.
  8. Bergren, A.L., Abuja, G.A., Bubeck, K.A., Spoormakers, T.J.P., García-López, J.M. 2018. Diagnosis, treatment and outcome of cranial nuchal bursitis in 30 horses. Equine Veterinary Journal.
  9. García-López, J.M. 2017. Angular Limb Deformities: Growth Augmentation. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice.
  10. Haupt, J., García-López, J.M., Chope, K. 2015. Use of a novel silk mesh for ventral midline hernioplasty in a mare. BMC Veterinary Research.
  11. Manso-Díaz, G., García-López, J.M., Maranda, L., Taeymans, O. 2015. The role of head computed tomography in equine practice. Equine Veterinary Education.
  12. Manso-Díaz, G., Dyson, S.J., Dennis, R., García-López, J.M., Biggi, M., García-Real, M.I., San Román, F., Taeymans, O. 2015. Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of equine head disorders: 84 cases (2000-2013). Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  13. Abuja, G.A., Kowaleski, M.P., García-López, J.M. 2014. Management of bilateral patellar luxation in an Alpaca. Veterinary Surgery.
  14. Abuja, G.A., García-López, J.M., Manso-Díaz, G., Spoormakers, T.J.P., Taeymans, O. 2014. The cranial nuchal bursa: Anatomy, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging and endoscopic approach. Equine Veterinary Journal.
  15. Gross, J.E., Horan, R.L., Gaylord, M., Olsen, R.E., McGill, L.D., García-López, J.M., Biber, K., Barnico, K., Toponarski, I., Altman, G. 2014. An evaluation of SERI surgical scaffold for soft-tissue support and repair in an ovine model of two-stage breast reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  16. Abuja, G.A., Bubeck, K.A., Quinteros, D.D., García-López, J.M. 2013. Surgical treatment of distal tarsal joint luxations in three horses. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  17. Holowinski, M.E., Solano, M., Maranda, L., García-López, J.M. 2012. Magnetic resonance imaging of navicular bursa adhesions. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  18. Quinteros, D.D., García-López, J.M., Abuja, G.A., Tarkanian, M., Maranda, L.S., Bubeck, K., Kowaleski, M.P. 2012. In vitro biomechanical evaluation and comparison of a new prototype locking plate and a limited-contact self compression plate for equine fracture repair. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  19. García-López, J.M., Parente, E.J. 2011. Angular Limb Deformities. Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse.
  20. García-López, J.M. 2011. Osteochondrosis. Clinical Veterinary Advisor: The Horse.

General Research Interests

  • Equine Orthopedics
  • Equine Upper respiratory

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 and Clinical Interests

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Upper Airway Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Equine Lameness Evaluation
  • Advanced Imaging
  • Stem-cell and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
  • IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) Therapy
  • Orthopedic and Upper Respiratory Instrument Development

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)