HISA adds to racetrack safety committee

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Board of Directors has elected Dr. Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, DACVIM-LA, to fulfill the remainder of Dr. Paul Lunn’s term on the Racetrack Safety Standing Committee following Dr. Lunn’s return to England.

Dr. Cohen is a University Distinguished Professor and the Patsy Link Chair in Equine Research at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Cohen has dedicated his entire career to equine health and safety, serving as an equine veterinary practitioner before entering academia. Among his many accomplishments, he served on five editorial boards, mentored numerous trainees, and contributed to several hundred scholarly research publications. Dr. Cohen has received numerous national and international awards for his contributions to equine health.

“We are honored to have someone with as distinguished a career in equine health and safety as Dr. Cohen join HISA’s Racetrack Safety Committee,” said HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus. “His deep expertise and decades of experience will be critical to HISA’s efforts to make racing safer with data- and research-backed solutions. As we turn our sights toward implementing the program in just a few short months, Dr. Cohen’s depth of knowledge will be instrumental in HISA’s success and ongoing efforts to evolve rules and regulations.”

“We thank Dr. Lunn for his time and significant contributions to the committee, including the vital role he played in the process of drafting the rules and national accreditation standards that make up the Racetrack Safety Program which were approved by the Federal Trade Commission just last week,” said Dr. Sue Stover, HISA Racetrack Safety Committee Chair. “I look forward to working with Dr. Cohen and know our program will benefit from his insights gleaned from decades in the field.”