By Ray Paulick
Dr. Patricia Hogan has resigned as chief surgeon at the Ruffian Equine Medical Center adjacent to Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The 26,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, built at a cost of $18 million by International Equine Acquisitions Holdings, opened last May after numerous delays related to the difficult lending market.
Hogan confirmed that she resigned in mid-February but would not comment on the reason for her departure.
“I spent the past five years assisting in the designing, building, and start-up of the REMC,” she told the Paulick Report. “It is a first-class facility and I hired an excellent staff to run it. I firmly believe in the concept of having a hospital of this magnitude in close proximity to the horsemen of New York.
“I hope that people can look past the controversies that seem to surround the IEAH group and see the greater good as far as this hospital is concerned–it is a very valuable asset to the equine population of the greater New York area and provides critical medical and surgical care, as well as advanced diagnostic capabilities a mere stone's throw from the backstretch of Belmont Park.”
A 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania school of veterinary medicine, Hogan had a three-year surgical residency at Texas A&M University, then spent 11 years as a surgeon at the New Jersey Equine Clinic. She opened her own practice—Hogan Equine at Fair Winds Farm. in Cream Ridge, N.J.–in 2007.
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