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. Josť M. GarcŪa-Lůpez 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. GarcŪa-Lůpez 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. GarcŪa-Lůpez 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. GarcŪa-Lůpez 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.

Education

  • VMD - University of Pennsylvania - 1996
  • BS - University of Puerto Rico, RŪo 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

Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of equine head disorders: 84 cases (2000-2013)

Author(s):Manso-Díaz, G. | Dyson, S.J. | Dennis, R. | García-López, J.M. | Biggi, M. | García-Real, M.I. | San Román, F. | Taeymans, O.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

The cranial nuchal bursa: Anatomy, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging and endoscopic approach

Author(s):Abuja, G.A. | García-López, J.M. | Manso-Díaz, G. | Spoormakers, T.J.P. | Taeymans, O.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Equine Veterinary Journal

Management of bilateral patellar luxation in an Alpaca

Author(s):Abuja, G.A. | Kowaleski, M.P. | García-López, J.M.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Surgical treatment of distal tarsal joint luxations in three horses

Author(s):Abuja, G.A. | Bubeck, K.A. | Quinteros, D.D. | García-López, J.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Magnetic resonance imaging of navicular bursa adhesions

Author(s):Holowinski, M.E. | Solano, M. | Maranda, L. | García-López, J.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

In vitro biomechanical evaluation and comparison of a new prototype locking plate and a limited-contact self compression plate for equine fracture repair

Author(s):Quinteros, D.D. | García-López, J.M. | Abuja, G.A. | Tarkanian, M. | Maranda, L.S. | Bubeck, K. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Angular Limb Deformities

Author(s):García-López, J.M. | Parente, E.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse

Toggle-Pin Technique for Management of Coxofemoral Luxation in an Alpaca

Author(s):Quinteros, D.D. | García-López, J.M. | Jenei, T.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Angular Limb Deformities

Author(s):García-López, J.M. | Parente, E.J.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse: Second Edition

Coxofemoral luxations in the horse: Surgical options and challenges

Author(s):García-López, J.M.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Equine Veterinary Education

Complete caecal bypass without ileal transection for caecal impaction in horses: Seven clinical cases (1997-2007)

Author(s):Quinteros, D.D. | García-López, J.M. | Provost, P.J.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Australian Veterinary Journal

Diagnosis and management of cranial and caudal nuchal bursitis in four horses

Author(s):García-López, J.M. | Jenei, T. | Chope, K. | Bubeck, K.A.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

In vitro comparison of two centrally threaded, positive-profile transfixation pin designs for use in third metacarpal bones in horses

Author(s):Bubeck, K.A. | García-Lopez, J.M. | Jenei, T.M. | Maranda, L.S.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Pararectal Cystotomy for Urolith Removal in Nine Horses

Author(s):Abuja, G.A. | García-López, J.M. | Doran, R. | Kirker-Head, C.A.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

In vitro comparison of cortical bone temperature generation between traditional sequential drilling and a newly designed step drill in the equine third metacarpal bone

Author(s):Bubeck, K.A. | García-López, J. | Maranda, L.S.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Transpalpebral enucleation using a chain écraseur

Author(s):García-López, J.M. | Poulin, A.E. | Doran, R.E. | Quinteros, D.D. | Abuja, G.A.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Equine Veterinary Education

Surgical management of small intestinal incarceration through the gastrosplenic ligament: 14 Cases (1994-2006)

Author(s):Jenei, T.M. | García-López, J.M. | Provost, P.J. | Kirker-Head, C.A.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Occult subchondral osseous cyst-like lesions of the equine tarsocrural joint

Author(s):García-López, J.M. | Kirker-Head, C.A.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Angular Limb Deformities

Author(s):Parente, E.J. | García-López, J.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse

Computed Tomography

Author(s):García-López, J.M.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse

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)