We have many fields of excellence at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and one of the most renowned is orthopedics. Our leadership in orthopedics began with Wade O. Brinker, and we have continued and built on that leadership in research, training, and clinical work.

Dr. Brinker’s legacy owes, in part, to the students, colleagues, and friends who made possible the Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Veterinary Surgery. The endowment was established when Dr. Brinker retired from MSU and has received more than a thousand donations. He was still active at MSU when the College appointed Dr. Steven Arnoczky as the first Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Veterinary Surgery and was present as Dr. Arnoczky’s Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research (LCOR) first took shape.

As a researcher and as a mentor, Dr. Arnoczky has honored and advanced Brinker’s legacy and has established a legacy of his own, which is now carried on by his past and present students. Some of those students are at MSU, and some are at other institutions, private practice, or industry here in the United States and abroad. 

Dr. Brinker was known for his generosity. I benefited from that generosity and was fortunate to conduct surgery with him. Dr. Brinker’s former students Drs. Gretchen Flo, Terry Braden, and Charles DeCamp have carried on his work. Each of these orthopedists influenced Dr. Loïc Déjardin, who also had the opportunity to know and perform surgery with Dr. Brinker. Dr. Déjardin is now head of orthopedic surgery.

Recently, we have recruited three new orthopedic clinicians and scientists. Dr. Kurt Hankenson joined us as the associate director of LCOR, and Drs. Karen Perry and Sun Young Kim joined the Veterinary Medical Center’s Orthopedic Service. 

This is a good year to look forward and to celebrate our history in orthopedics. It is the 25th anniversary of LCOR and the Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Surgery. To mark this important milestone, this issue of Perspectives has a focus on orthopedics.

Also in this Issue:

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Steven Arnoczky: Advancing a Legacy

Dr. Arnoczky has held the Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Veterinary Surgery Chair for 25 years. He honors and builds on the legacy of Dr. Brinker, who is considered the father of veterinary orthopedic surgery, with a commitment to novel research that has clinical application and is translatable.

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Steven Arnoczky: Career Highlights

Since he earned his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1972, Arnoczky has made extraordinary contributions to the field. Here are 50 highlights from his career and comments from current and former students.

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Wade O. Brinker: Innovator, Advocate, Mentor

Dr. Brinker pioneered the specialty of veterinary orthopedic surgery through advocacy of the profession, innovation in surgical methods, and a training style that was both patient and demanding. Drs. Gretchen Flo, Terry Braden, Charles DeCamp, and countless others were mentored by Dr. Brinker.

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Loïc M. Déjardin: Patience and Prestige

Dr. Dejardin is a surgeon, scientist, inventor, and mentor, internationally recognized and committed to pushing the limits of orthopedic surgery. He works with AO, the international foundation dedicated to the education of surgeons in operative principles that improve fracture treatment.

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Sun Young Kim: The Next Generation

Dr. Kim was known for soft tissue surgery and neurosurgery in South Korea before deciding to pursue orthopedics. He was selected as International Fellow at MSU in 2004, was mentored by Dr. Dejardin, and was appointed assistant professor at UC-Davis before returning to MSU.

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Karen Perry: Cats Are Not Small Dogs

Dr. Perry was drawn to MSU by the College’s internationally recognized history of leadership in orthopedics, and to be mentored by Dr. Dejardin. Her clinical and research interest in feline orthopedics add depth to the MSU orthopedic team, and advance feline orthopedics more broadly.

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