Becoming an Equine Surgeon-Scientist: The Best of Both Worlds
Speaker: Dr. Heidi Reesink
Open to Veterinarians
Dr. Heidi Reesink is an assistant professor at Cornell University and board-certified large animal surgeon with clinical interests in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency and PhD training at Cornell University.
Dr. Reesink’s laboratory at Cornell University is actively investigating how synovial fluid glycans and glycoproteins, including lubricin and hyaluronic acid (HA), are altered in osteoarthritis (OA) and traumatic joint injury. The aim of this work is to understand how lubricin and HA synergistically enhance joint lubrication, mitigate inflammation and promote cartilage health, with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapeutic strategies for OA. A second major focus is deciphering how bone morphology and bone quality relate to catastrophic fracture in racehorses. Ongoing efforts include developing clinically relevant methods for assessing fracture risk and identifying epidemiologic factors associated with fracture risk.