Dr. Laurie Goodrich has been named Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University’s C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute. Dr. Goodrich is an equine surgeon specializing in orthopedic surgery and lameness with a focus on musculoskeletal injuries and trauma. She is an American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Equine Orthopedics.

Dr. Laurie Goodrich

Dr. Goodrich graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to complete an internship at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in equine surgery and medicine. She then completed an equine surgical residency at Marion DuPont Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA, and obtained a master of science in pharmacology.

Following her residency, she became board certified in equine surgery and was a faculty surgeon at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y. While at Cornell, she also obtained her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology of cartilage repair with Dr. Alan Nixon. In 2005, she joined the faculty at Colorado State University as an assistant professor in equine surgery and lameness.

Aside from being the Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center, she also holds the titles of Professor of Equine Surgery and a principal investigator in the Orthopaedic Research Center.

She is a translational scientist whose research focuses on regenerative medicine, gene therapies, and biologics to improve joint and bone repair in both animals and people. Dr. Goodrich has received the Elastikon Award in Research Excellence from the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Cabaud Award in Research from American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and CSU’s American Association of Equine Practitioners Clinician of the Year Award for teaching excellence.

She is currently Chair of American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), on the Board of Directors for North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NARVMA), and was a co-founder and is the immediate past Chair for the Preclinical Models Section of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS).

In her spare-time she takes advantage of the Colorado outdoors with her husband Jim and is an avid whitewater kayaker, backcountry skier and mountain biker. She also rides hunters and enjoys hiking with her two effervescent labs, Maya and Monty.

Contact: Laurie.Goodrich@colostate.edu