Department of Clinical Sciences

Flaminio Foal 

Advancing the health
and well-being
of animals
and people

Lisa Fortier

Dr. Lisa A. Fortier
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
C3 181 VMC, Box 34
Ithaca, NY 14853

Fortier Laboratory

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists

Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD

Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Professor of Large Animal Surgery

Education and Training

1998              Cornell University, PhD

1992-1995     Cornell University, Residency in Large Animal Surgery

1991-1992     Illinois Equine Hospital, Internship in Large Animal Surgery and Medicine

1991              Colorado State University, DVM (Cum Laude)

1989              Colorado State University, BS (Cum Laude)

1984-1987     Moorhead State University, Pre-vet


Board Certification

1996     American College of Veterinary Surgeons



Cartilage Biology and the Development of Arthritis
Cartilage provides the protective covering on the ends of bones and allows for pain-free joint movement. When injured, cartilage has a very limited intrinsic capacity for repair, and the end result is frequently arthritis. In the equine athlete, arthritis leads to joint pain, lameness, and loss of performance with associated economic losses.

Our laboratory investigates the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of arthritis with the ultimate goal of identifying novel molecular targets for the treatment or prevention of arthritis.

Current laboratory projects include:
Equine embryonic stem cells
The role of Rho-subfamily GTPases in cartilage homeostasis
Tetracyclines as therapeutics for arthritis
Platelet rich plasma for tendon and suspensory ligament regeneration


pubmedPlease select the PubMed link for a list of Dr. Fortier's publications.