CSU professor remains in critical condition following accident

Support pours in from community

April 2, 2010 (published)
By Jennifer Fiala

A popular professor and veterinary surgeon at Colorado State University (CSU) remains sedated and in critical condition after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle last Sunday in Fort Collins, Colo.

Anthony Simon Turner, BVSc, MS, collided with a car driven by 67-year-old Kathryn Hendren, of Wellington, Colo., according to a report by the Colorado State Patrol. Hendren has not been charged in connection with the incident.

The 60-year-old faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is being treated at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. He is a professor at CSU's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Since the accident, Turner's wife reportedly has received a flood of support from members of the community and is posting updates of her husband's medical status on the Internet. Like Turner, Dr. Ann Wagner is on faculty at CSU. Her clinical interests include equine anesthesiology and pain management.

"She is appreciative of all the comments, e-mails and cards that they've received," says Dell Rae Moellenberg, CSU media relations, of Wagner. "She's heard from almost 200 people. What a testament to the kind of person that Dr. Turner is."

Turner, who's worked at CSU since 1977, earned a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science from The Ohio State University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a native of Australia.

Turner received the 2009 Lifetime Excellence in Research Award during last summer's American Veterinary Medical Association in Seattle. He is well known for his research of osteoporosis, heart disease and arthritis, studying how biological changes in the aged ovariectomized ewe mimic those seen in postmenopausal women. He established at laboratory for his research at CSU and is investigating new methods of enhancement of implant fixation in bone, anterior and posterior spine fusion.

 Andrew Simon Turner


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