Barbaro’s Surgeon to Lecture at College

Release Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

 The lecture will cover Dr. Richardson’s experiences as a surgeon working in equine orthopaedics, and will also talk about his role as Barbaro’s surgeon. Dr. Richardson, the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and the Chief of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center, is an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon best known as the surgeon to Barbaro, the American thoroughbred who captured the nation’s heart as the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, but then shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes and eventually had to be euthanized in 2007. Dr. Richardson also runs a research laboratory investigating the genetic regulation of important genes of cartilage. Current work includes studies with gene therapy and the manipulation of equine mesenchymal stem cells.

He has received the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research (1997), the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), the Ohio State Distinguished Alumni Award (2005) and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award (2006). He has also received the National Turf Writers’ Joe Palmer Award, the Turf Publicists of America Big Sport of Turfdom Award in 2006, and a commendation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners for his work with Barbaro.

Dr. Richardson is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and chapters in major equine orthopaedic textbooks, and lectures on equine orthopaedics throughout the world, teaching international continuing education courses on fracture repair in horses. He has served on all of the major equine scientific advisory boards.