Virginia B. Reef, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)
Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Virginia Reef received her DVM from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She was instrumental in establishing the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging at New Bolton Center. She is currently Chief of the Section of Imaging. Dr. Reef has worked on the faculty at Penn for the past 30 years, and has trained the majority of academics focusing on equine cardiology and ultrasonography in the United States, as well as many individuals in private practice and overseas. Based on her many accomplishments, she was granted a prestigious endowed chair at Penn and currently serves as the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine. She was also the recipient of the prestigious Robert W. Kirk award for professional excellence from the ACVIM in 2013, the AAEP Distinguished Educator award (Academic division) in 2015 and received an honorary doctorate degree from Ghent University in 2016.
Sophy A. Jesty, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM & Cardiology)
Mary M. Durando, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Partner - Equine Sports Medicine Consultants, LLC
Dr. Mary Durando received her DVM from the University of Georgia before completing a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Durando is currently part owner of Equine Sports Medicine Consultants, an ambulatory consulting practice in southeastern Pennsylvania, focusing on sports medicine and imaging, cardiology and internal medicine. Her clinical interests include cardiology and respiratory disorders and how dysfunction in these systems affects performance, as well as neonatology and critical care.
Small Animal and Equine Cardiologist - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
Dr. Jesty received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2001. She spent two years at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, doing a fellowship in large animal cardiology and ultrasonography. She completed a large animal internal medicine residency at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania and then returned to Cornell University for a cardiology residency. Dr. Jesty then spent two years doing a fellowship in cardiac regenerative medicine at Cornell University. She spent two years in New York City as an associated cardiologist and medical director in private practice. Dr. Jesty then joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee, where she was an assistant professor in cardiology for 4 years. She then went into private practice in cardiology in Charleston SC. Her interests include cardiopulmonary exercise physiology, interventional procedures, and electrophysiology.
Cris Navas, LV, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and Ultrasound, Texas A&M University
Dr. Cris Navas is currently a Clinical Assistant professor in the Equine Internal Medicine and Ultrasound services of Texas A&M University. During 2014 and 2015 he worked at the University of Bern, Switzerland as clinician and researcher. He worked in the Internal Medicine Department of Washington State University (2012-2013) and the Cardiology and Ultrasound service of New Bolton Center (University of Pennsylvania) (2008-2012). During the 4 years, at New Bolton Center, ultrasound and cardiology became his main interests. He completed his residency in Equine Internal Medicine/Masters in Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois (2005-2008), a PhD program (University of Barcelona, 2009-2013) and graduated from veterinary school in 2001 in Valencia, Spain. Before starting formal Internal Medicine training he worked in equine ambulatory practice in Spain and completed internships in Ireland and Virginia.
Colin Schwarzwald, Dr.med.vet., PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), DECEIM
Director for Equine Internal Medicine, Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich
Colin C. Schwarzwald, Prof. Dr.med.vet., PhD, Dipl. ACVIM & ECEIM, graduated in 1997 from the University of Zurich School of Veterinary Medicine. Between 1998 and 2001 he completed an internship at the Equine Hospital of the University of Zurich and worked on his doctoral thesis to attain the Dr.med.vet. degree. Between 2001 and 2004 he completed an ACVIM Large Animal Internal Medicine residency program at The Ohio State University. Concurrently, from 2001 to 2006, he was also enrolled in a PhD program and conducted several research projects in the field of equine cardiology. In 2006 he moved back to the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, where he was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Equine Internal Medicine Section. In 2009 he completed his 'Habilitation' titled 'Advances in equine cardiology'. In 2012 he was appointed to a full professorship in Equine Internal Medicine. He is currently the director of the Clinic for Equine Internal Medicine at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich.
JoAnn Slack, MS, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)
Associate Professor of Cardiology and Ultrasound – University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center
Dr. JoAnn Slack received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin, completed a 2 year fellowship in equine cardiology and ultrasonography and is board certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. Her primary interests include equine cardiac arrhythmias and their effects on athletic performance, the use of cardiac biomarkers in the horse and echocardiography in the critical care setting.