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Orthopaedic Oncology

Division of Orthopaedic Oncology
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
(352) 273-7195

Overview

The division of Orthopaedic Oncology is dedicated to providing the most effective therapeutic modalities for treating patients with malignant and benign bone and soft tissue sarcomas while probing for the biological origins and progression of musculoskeletal cancer. Malignant bone tumors include osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, fibrosarcoma, metastatic carcinoma, myeloma, and others. The Orthopaedic Oncology Laboratory at the University of Florida was the first to identify putative cancer stem cells in osteosarcoma. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Florida orthopaedic physicians, surgeons and services among the best in the nation.

Multidisciplinary Treatment Team

Our team consists of leading orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitation physicians and basic scientists – many of whom are recognized leaders in their field – in addition to clinical and research fellows, residents, engineers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, technicians and support personnel. A multi-disciplinary approach to musculoskeletal tumors is carried out at the University of Florida with combined cooperation between:

  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pathology

Weekly meetings between these services are carried out for the coordination and management of patients. In addition, patients have access to:

  • Clinical trial enrollment
  • Psychosocial support
  • Patient educators and resources
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Support groups

Comprehensive Patient Care

Our multidisciplinary team works together to provide a comprehensive evaluation and determine the best course of treatment available. Children with life or limb-threatening tumors from all over the Southeast United States are referred to UF Orthopaedic Oncology for treatment. Our physicians have extensive experience with some rare and challenging forms of osteosarcoma that require special surgical procedures, including rotationplasty, limb salvage surgery and amputation. Clinical outcome investigations now include motion or gait analysis to determine pre and post surgery what is best for each individual patient. With our move to the UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute, we are truly a one-stop location for your orthopaedic care. Included in the spacious 127,000 square foot Institute are 48 patient examination rooms and advanced radiology facilities for x-ray, CT and MRI. There is also a 6,000 square foot rehab gym for orthopaedic and sports physical therapy as well as complete hand and upper extremity rehabilitation space.

Referrals and Appointments

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call
(352) 273-7195