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

 Jose M. Garcia-Lopez
Associate Professor Large Animal Surgery
Director of Equine Sports Medicine

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  • 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)