Turner, A. Simon

A. 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.