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Judges & Committee

2018 Judges

Dorothy P. Debbie, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Cornell University Department of
Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Debbie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she teaches bacterial pathogenesis to
undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students.
She received her PhD at Stanford University studying bacterial genetics, then trained in
bacterial pathogenesis with Stanley Falkow at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Prior to coming to Cornell, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center studying pathogenic mechanisms of Yersinia enterocolitica.

Laura Goodman, PhD '07, Assistant Research Professor, Cornell University Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Dr. Goodman is an emerging infectious disease researcher at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on pathogen discovery, surveillance, and bridging the gap between research and diagnostics. She leads the development efforts in the Molecular Diagnostics section of the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center /NY State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Her research investigates mechanisms of pathogen emergence and development of novel high-throughput testing methods. Her thesis work established causal evidence of the connection of equine herpesvirus 1 neuropathogenicity with a viral mutation. Current focus areas in the lab are in emerging tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Goodman trained at the University of Michigan, Cornell, and Harvard and is an active member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Scott PalmerScott Palmer, VMD, Adjunct Professor, Cornell University Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences; New York State Equine Medical Director

Dr. Palmer is a renowned veterinarian who, as the New York State Equine Medical Director, oversees the health and safety of horses at all New York State Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, Dr. Palmer has worked as a staff clinician at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, serving as the Hospital Director from 1997 through 2013.
He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey Equine Practitioners Veterinarian of the Year award, as well as a recipient of the AAEP President’s Award in 2009 and the AAEP Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Dr. Palmer is board certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications and is a featured speaker at veterinary conferences world-wide.

Heidi Reesink, VMD, PhD '16, DACVS-LA, Assistant Professor, Cornell University Department of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Reesink received her veterinary medical degree (VMD) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.  She came to Cornell for a large animal surgery residency from 2008-2011 and worked part-time as an Emergency Surgeon from 2012-2016 while completing her PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences.  She was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences in 2016.
Dr. Reesink is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons with clinical interests in equine and farm animal orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and lameness.  She is interested in translating novel research discoveries, including regenerative medicine and lubricin therapy, to equine clinical patients with musculoskeletal disease.  Her laboratory investigates the pathophysiology, epidemiology and treatment of osteoarthritis and racehorse fractures.


Organizing Committee

Name Department
Dr. Jonathan Cheetham Clinical Sciences
Dr. Erin Daugherity, Co-Chair CARE
Mr. Kim Eaton Clinical Sciences
Ms. Beline Falzone Continuing Education
Mr. Doug Fink Clinical Sciences
Dr. Ursula Krotscheck Clinical Sciences
Mr. Justin Limper Continuing Education
Dr. Manuel Martin-Flores, Co-Chair Clinical Sciences
Dr. Santiago Peralta Clinical Sciences
Dr. Tracy Stokol, Co-Chair Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

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