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Richard O'Donnell, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Richard J. O'Donnell is chief of Orthopedic Oncology and a specialist in bone cancer and soft tissue tumors in adults and children. O'Donnell sees patients at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. His goal in treating bone cancer is to preserve as much bone and functionality as possible. In his research, he addresses prosthetic fixation for massive skeletal reconstructions, multimodal neoadjuvant management of soft tissue sarcomas and bone graft substitutes to treat cystic bone defects.

O'Donnell earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He joined UCSF Medical Center in 1998. He is a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at UCSF.

Clinics

Orthopedic Surgical Oncology
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885-3800
Fax: (415) 353-9525

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

Harvard Medical School 1989

Residencies

Massachusetts General Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery 1995

Fellowships

University of Washington, Musculoskeletal Oncology 1996

Selected Research and Publications

  1. O’Donnell RJ, Burch S. Hemipelvectomy and hemicorporectomy: Hindquarter amputation. Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors: Advanced Management and Operative Techniques. Edited by C.P. Ames, S. Boriani, and R. Jandial. 2014; 759-776.
  2. Solomon DA, Antonescu CR, Link TM, O'Donnell RJ, Folpe AL, Horvai AE. Hemosiderotic fibrolipomatous tumor, not an entirely benign entity. Am J Surg Pathol. 2013 Oct; 37(10):1627-30.
  3. Cascio MJ, O'Donnell RJ, Goldsby RE, Horvai, AE. Are areas of isolated atypical cells or residual tumor cartilage prognostically significant in neoadjuvant treated osteosarcoma? An analysis of 106 cases from a single institution. The Open Pathology Journal. 2013; 7:7-15.
  4. Biermann JS, Adkins DR, Agulnik M, Benjamin RS, Brigman B, Butrynski JE, Cheong D, Chow W, Curry WT, Frassica DA, Frassica FJ, Hande KR, Hornicek FJ, Jones RL, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, McGrath B, Morris CD, O'Donnell RJ, Randall RL, Santana VM, Satcher RL, Siegel HJ, von Mehren M, Bergman MA, Sundar H. Bone cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Jun 1; 11(6):688-723.
  5. Rethman MP, Watters W, Abt E, Anderson PA, Carroll KC, Evans RP, Futrell HC, Garvin K, Glenn SO, Goldberg MJ, Hellstein J, Hewlett A, Kolessar D, Moucha C, O'Donnell RJ, Osmon DR, O'Toole JE, Rinella A, Steinberg MJ, Martin WR, Cummins DS, Song S, Sluka P, Boyer K, Woznica A, Ristic H, Hanson NB. The prevention of orthopaedic implant infection in patients undergoing dental procedures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013; 95(8):745-47.
  6. Watters W, Rethman MP, Hanson NB, Abt E, Anderson PA, Carroll KC, Futrell HC, Garvin K, Glenn SO, Hellstein J, Hewlett A, Kolessar D, Moucha C, O'Donnell RJ, O'Toole JE, Osmon DR, Evans RP, Rinella A, Steinberg MJ, Goldberg M, Ristic H, Boyer K, Sluka P, Martin WR, Cummins DS, Song S, Woznica A, Gross L. Prevention of orthopaedic implant infection in patients undergoing dental procedures. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013 Mar; 21(3):180-9.
  7. von Mehren M, Benjamin RS, Bui MM, Casper ES, Conrad EU, DeLaney TF, Ganjoo KN, George S, Gonzalez R, Heslin MJ, Kane JM, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, Meyer C, O'Donnell RJ, Paz B, Pfeifer JD, Pollock RE, Randall RL, Riedel RF, Schuetze S, Schupak KD, Schwartz HS, Shankar S, Van Tine BA, Wayne J, Sundar H, McMillian NR. Soft tissue sarcoma, version 2.2012: featured updates to the NCCN guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Aug; 10(8):951-60.
  8. Horvai AE, Roy R, Borys D, O'Donnell RJ. Regulators of skeletal development: a cluster analysis of 206 bone tumors reveals diagnostically useful markers. Mod Pathol. 2012 Nov; 25(11):1452-61.
  9. Pedtke AC, Wustrack RL, Fang AS, Grimer RJ, O'Donnell RJ. Aseptic failure: how does the Compress(®) implant compare to cemented stems? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Mar; 470(3):735-42.
  10. Virayavanich W, Ringler MD, Chin CT, Baum T, Giaconi JC, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE, Jones KD, Link TM. CT-guided biopsy of bone and soft-tissue lesions: role of on-site immediate cytologic evaluation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2011 Jul; 22(7):1024-30.
  11. Burk TF, Horvai AE, Gottschalk AR, Leong SP, Kashani-Sabet M, Goldsby RE, Law J, O'Donnell RJ. Patellar metastatic melanoma in a 13-year-old boy. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2010 Dec; 39(12):582-6.
  12. Virayavanich W, Singh R, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE, Goldsby RE, Link TM. Osteoid osteoma of the femur in a 7-month-old infant treated with radiofrequency ablation. Skeletal Radiol. 2010 Nov; 39(11):1145-9.
  13. Biermann JS, Adkins DR, Benjamin RS, Brigman B, Chow W, Conrad EU, Frassica DA, Frassica FJ, George S, Hande KR, Hornicek FJ, Letson GD, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, McGrath B, Morris CD, O'Donnell RJ, Randall RL, Santana VM, Satcher RL, Siegel HJ, Somaiah N, Yasko AW. Bone cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2010 Jun; 8(6):688-712.
  14. Demetri GD, Antonia S, Benjamin RS, Bui MM, Casper ES, Conrad EU, DeLaney TF, Ganjoo KN, Heslin MJ, Hutchinson RJ, Kane JM, Letson GD, McGarry SV, O'Donnell RJ, Paz IB, Pfeifer JD, Pollock RE, Randall RL, Riedel RF, Schupak KD, Schwartz HS, Thornton K, von Mehren M, Wayne J. Soft tissue sarcoma. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2010 Jun; 8(6):630-74.
  15. Cascio MJ, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE. Epithelioid sarcoma expresses epidermal growth factor receptor but gene amplification and kinase domain mutations are rare. Mod Pathol. 2010 Apr; 23(4):574-80.
  16. Horvai AE, O’Donnell RJ, Kempson RL . Bone and joint. Intraoperative Consultation in Surgical Pathology. 2010; 304-321.
  17. Horvai AE, DeVries S, Roy R, O'Donnell RJ, Waldman F. Similarity in genetic alterations between paired well-differentiated and dedifferentiated components of dedifferentiated liposarcoma. Mod Pathol. 2009 Nov; 22(11):1477-88.
  18. O'Donnell RJ. Compressive osseointegration of tibial implants in primary cancer reconstruction. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Nov; 467(11):2807-12.
  19. Tyler WK, Healey JH, Morris CD, Boland PJ, O'Donnell RJ. Compress periprosthetic fractures: interface stability and ease of revision. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Nov; 467(11):2800-6.
  20. Gill R, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai A. Utility of immunohistochemistry for endothelial markers in distinguishing epithelioid hemangioendothelioma from carcinoma metastatic to bone. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2009 Jun; 133(6):967-72.

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