Simon Turner, BVSc, MS
Dr. A. Simon Turner received his
BVSc Degree from the University of Melbourne in 1972. After a year in
general practice in Australia, Dr. Turner came to The Ohio State University and
our Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences to pursue a residency in Equine Surgery.
He completed the residency in 1975, along with a Master’s Degree. After
leaving OSU, he held a faculty appointment at Western College of Veterinary
Medicine in Saskatoon, first as an Assistant Professor and then as an Associate
Professor. He left Western in June 1977 to take an appointment at
Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences where he has remained ever since. He became board certified as a
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1978 and was
promoted to full Professor in July 1986. During his time at CSU, Dr.
Turner has been awarded three "Excellence in Teaching" awards.
In 2001 he was inducted into the Glover Gallery for distinguished alumni and
faculty at CSU.
Dr. Turner is an outstanding
veterinarian, scientist, and accomplished equine surgeon who successfully
transitioned from a distinguished career as a clinician-educator to a second
career as one of the pre-eminent translational scientists in musculoskeletal
research. He is both passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the
role of veterinarians as translational scientists, as so much of his own
research involves collaborations with physicians and biomedical
engineers. In addition he is recognized nationally and internationally as
the foremost expert on the use of sheep as surgical models in
orthopedics. A prolific writer, Dr. Turner has published over 350
scientific abstracts and papers in peer-reviewed journals and the diversity of
these journals speaks to the tremendous breadth of his work. He has
written nine books and also contributed ten book chapters.
In 2009 Dr. Turner was awarded the
Lifetime Excellence in Research Award by the American Veterinary Medical
Association. He has been an outstanding advocate for the role of the
veterinarian in biomedical research and is held in high esteem by physicians
and researchers alike. Dr. Turner's dedication to clinical service and
translational research place him at the very top of our profession.