About Wayne

Professional portrait of C. Wayne McIlwraith

Dr. McIlwraith, a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, has made significant strides in advancing the Orthopaedic Research Center Laboratory’s reputation through publications, scientific presentations, and fundraising. He is a Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and a recognized leader in the field of equine orthopaedic research and surgery. He consults worldwide as a specialist equine surgeon and has received media attention for his contributions to joint research. Dr. McIlwraith is the co-author of five textbooks, over 400 textbook chapters and refereed publications, and has given 600 presentations and workshops.



BVSc, Massey University (N.Z.), 1970
Dip. Surgery, University of Guelph, Cananda, 1975
MS, Purdue University, 1977PhD, Purdue University, 1979
Dr. Med. Vet (honoris causa), University of Vienna, 1995
D.Sc., Purdue University, 2001D.Sc. (honoris causa), Massey University, 2003
Laurea Dr. (honoris causa), University of Turin, 2004
Dr. Vet. Med. (honoris causa), Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 2010



Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1979
Diplomate European College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1994
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010




Equine orthopaedic surgery, joint disease, osteoarthritis therapy (including gene therapy and stem cell therapies), articular cartilage repair, early diagnosis in osteoarthritis, and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.