AMES, Iowa --- Mary Sarah Bergh, DVM, MS, a board-certified small animal orthopedic surgeon, has joined the faculty at the Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) at Iowa State University. Bergh is the fourth board-certified orthopedic surgeon on staff, and will further advancethe strong orthopedic and neurosurgical services offered at the VMC. She is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
“Dr. Bergh was highly sought by many entities,” said Dr. Sally Prickett, director of the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. “We are delighted she selected the VMC to continue her stellar career in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. Her veterinary expertise coupled with her work ethic, dedication, and passion to veterinary medicine exemplifies the Lloyd Veterinary Medicine Center’s commitment to excellence in serving our clients.”
Bergh’s primary clinical interests are joint replacement surgery, arthroscopy, cranial cruciate ligament disease, racing/athletic injuries, and canine rehabilitation. She has authored several scientific papers and presented numerous lectures at national and state veterinary conferences on topics in orthopedic surgery. Bergh joins orthopedic surgeons Drs. Karl Krause, Bill Hoefle, and James Toombs in the VMC.
Approximately 1,159 patients annually are admitted with orthopedic conditions. Some of the common conditions treated by ISU’s orthopedic surgeons include broken bones, ruptured ligaments (cranial cruciate ligament rupture), intervertebral disc disease, arthritis, and musculoskeletal injuries and diseases such hip dysplasia, limb deformities, and joint cartilage disturbances.
In addition to seeing patients at the VMC, Bergh will be involved in teaching veterinary students and training interns and residents in small animal orthopedic surgery, and will continue her research interests.
“I am very excited to join ISU, where there is clearly a commitment to improving the art and science of veterinary medicine,” Bergh said. “I hope to build upon current strengths of the hospital as well as develop a more robust program in total joint replacement. Currently, we offer total hip replacement for dogs, but at some point in the future, I hope to add total knee and elbow replacement as well.”
Bergh is a 2003 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and performed post-doctoral research on osteoarthritis and inflammation for a year at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her small animal surgery residency at The Ohio State University, where she also received her master’s degree.
Prior to coming to Iowa State, Bergh was a clinical instructor in small animal orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.