Dr. Kyla Ortved Joins Penn Vet’s Orthopedic Team

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center has appointed Dr. Kyla Ortved as an orthopedic surgeon on the clinical team and faculty. Ortved, named Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery, previously was on the faculty and clinical team at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in New York.

“Dr. Ortved is a highly talented and gifted surgeon, with an innate ability to work up and accurately diagnose a patient’s problems,” said Dr. Gary Althouse, Chairman of the Department of Clinical Studies at New Bolton Center. “She has demonstrated exceptional clinical and people skills, including a passion for teaching.”

Although Ortved will spend most of her time treating patients, she will also teach students, develop a research program with an emphasis on equine cartilage repair and osteoarthritis, and provide outreach to the equine community. She is setting up a laboratory that will focus on gene and cell therapy for the treatment of joint disease. 

“New Bolton Center has a reputation for innovation and excellence that is world-renowned,” said Ortved, who is currently the only female surgeon at New Bolton Center with a clinical focus on orthopedics.

“As an equine surgeon with a strong interest in orthopedics, I couldn’t think of a better team to be a part of,” she continued. “There are so many incredibly talented, passionate, and dedicated people here with a common goal of advancing veterinary medicine each day.”

Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of the Section of Surgery at New Bolton Center, said he is pleased to have Ortved as a colleague. “Everyone in our hospital is thrilled that we succeeded in our recruitment of Dr. Ortved,” Richardson said. “She has all the makings of a future star here at New Bolton Center: bright, enthusiastic, well-trained and inquisitive.”

“We are working to mentor and further develop the skills of our young surgeons, specifically in orthopedics and sports medicine,” said Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer, Medical Director of New Bolton Center. “We are looking to Kyla to be a very important part of our surgical specialty team.”

Prior to starting at New Bolton Center in February, Ortved was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists. She completed her PhD from Cornell University in Comparative Biomedical Science in 2014.

She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2011, after completing her residency in large animal surgery at Cornell, from 2007 to 2010. Ortved was also recently board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). Her internship in large animal medicine and surgery was at the University of Georgia.

She received her veterinary degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, in 2006, and her undergraduate degree in animal biology from the University of British Columbia in 2001.

Ortved’s career has focused on equine surgery, with a special focus on orthopedic surgery, including arthroscopy, tenoscopy and fracture repair. He doctoral research was on the use of gene therapy for cartilage repair and osteoarthritis.

“My goal is to contribute to the continuing excellence of the clinical team at New Bolton Center while developing my skills as a clinician, researcher, and teacher in equine surgery,” Ortved said. “I hope to generate meaningful, translational data that contributes to the field of cartilage repair, while encouraging others as a teacher and mentor in the clinic.”

Ortved’s appointment was in tandem with the promotion of Dr. David Levine, a staff surgeon at New Bolton Center since 2009, who was named to the Penn Vet faculty as Assistant Professor in October of 2015.

“David has been at New Bolton Center for several years, and has certainly developed a dedicated following in our community,” Dallap Schaer continued. “We are extremely excited about having David and Kyla fully integrated in the surgery service.”

Levine has spent most of his veterinary career at New Bolton Center, completing his surgical residency here from 2006 to 2009. New Bolton Center also was where he completed his internship, from 2004 to 2006. Levine was board certified by the ACVS in 2010.

Levine received his veterinary degree from Tufts University in 2004, and his bachelor of science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2000.

Levine performs all types of surgery, but has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, including fracture repair, laparoscopy, and arthroscopy. His research is focused on diagnosis and treatment of post-operative orthopedic implant infection.

Last year, Levine took the lead in managing the clinical use of New Bolton Center’s new MRI system.

“I’m very pleased to join the faculty at New Bolton Center,” Levine said. “I love to teach, and this appointment expands on that role.”

About Penn Vet

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 37,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 30,000 patient visits a year. For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.

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