At the Total Joint Conference held May 18-19 in Chicago, Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little was recognized with the 2018 BioMedtrix Distinguished Teaching Award. He is well known for his outstanding teaching efforts and involvement in more than 30 courses related to various aspects of joint replacement surgery over the past 15 years. This conference brought experts of total joint and hip replacement in companion animals together to share expertise and animal health advances in this area of specialization. Marcellin-Little was also one of the 25 distinguished conference speakers from across the globe including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Italy.

Marcellin-Little (DEDV, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR), a professor of small animal orthopedic surgery, joined the school’s faculty last summer from North Carolina State University, where he had been a faculty member for 23 years. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He graduated from veterinary school in Toulouse, France in 1988, after which he completed an internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, followed by a small animal surgery residency at North Carolina State University. 

His areas of interest include total joint replacement and the management of limb deformities. Research interests include bio-modeling and the fabrication of custom orthopedic implants using metal 3D printing and other methods. He is establishing a medical manufacturing laboratory at UC Davis that will help patients with complex orthopedic problems.

“It is with great pleasure and humility that I received this award in front of my esteemed colleagues, all deserving of equal recognition,” Marcellin-Little said. “Teaching in this discipline has been especially rewarding—passing on knowledge to the next generation of veterinary orthopedic surgeons.”