Orthopedic organization honors equine veterinarian

Published on April 30, 2014
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Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, professor of surgery and founding director of the Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center, received the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Marshall R. Urist, MD Award, for contributions to tissue regeneration research as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. He is the first veterinarian honored with this award, which was given in mid-March.

Dr. McIlwraith is known for pioneering arthroscopic surgery in the horse and for research in translational medicine, particularly for his achievements in cartilage repair and regeneration, and for his role in educating and training the next generation of orthopedic researchers. 

Dr. McIlwraith
Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith

His research interests include equine orthopedic surgery; joint disease research as well as osteoarthritis treatments, including the use of gene therapy and stem cells; articular cartilage repair; and early diagnosis in osteoarthritis and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.

Dr. McIlwraith received his BVSc degree from Massey University in New Zealand in 1970. After time spent in private practice, he served a surgical internship at the University of Guelph, followed by a surgical residency at Purdue University. He also completed his master’s and doctorate in the area of joint disease (arthritis) research while at Purdue. Dr. McIlwraith became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1979 and joined the faculty at Colorado State that same year. He became a full professor in 1986. He is a past president of the ACVS and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is also a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation.