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Dr. Melissa Zimel is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating children and adults with bone or soft tissue tumors, as well as those with conditions caused by tumors. As an orthopedic oncologist, she evaluates and treats both benign and malignant tumors of the extremities, pelvis and trunk. For patients who need a cancerous bone tumor removed, she performs limb salvage surgery, which can involve joint reconstruction with custom implants. She also treats patients with metastatic bone cancer.

Zimel's research focuses on how to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal tumors who have had limbs either amputated or preserved and reconstructed using implants. Her studies include patients who have had one or multiple surgeries.

After earning her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Zimel completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Beaumont Health. She then completed a fellowship in orthopedic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Zimel is a member of many professional organizations, including the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research Society, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society and American Medical Association.

  • Education

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2008

  • Residencies

    William Beaumont Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Orthopedic Oncology, 2015

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    292 Ratings
    About our process
    Jul 02, 2023
    She is a very confident Dr and we were reassured of all our concerns we would most definitely recommend her!
    Jun 30, 2023
    The best of the best in all regards!
    May 27, 2023
    Such a refreshing experience through conversation of treatment and follow up treatment and future strategy
    May 25, 2023
    Great experience
    May 23, 2023
    My care provider is very thorough friendly and explains things in a way that I understand. I appreciate her care and the team's careful approach in making major decisions about my health and keeping in mind my quality of life/well-being.
    May 16, 2023
    She was awesome!!
    May 06, 2023
    Dr. Zimel is the best!! We never feel rushed or that we are just another patient. She listens and makes sure that we feel that she has answered all of our questions.compassionate caring and a terrific physician.
    Apr 28, 2023
    I dont think as a patient I received the care and respect that I expected.
    Apr 21, 2023
    You can't really relate to this level of care until you experience the care available in rural area where I live.
    Mar 03, 2023
    Pleasant surprise at the candid and thorough exchange of information regarding my health.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Zimel is fantastic. So caring compassionate and an amazing listener.
    Dec 23, 2022
    Dr. Zimel is terrific!
    Dec 23, 2022
    Very good
    Nov 29, 2022
    Dr. Zimel is an excellent Doctor great bedsideManner. She's always asked about other health issues I'm dealing with. I have been seeing her for the last 5 years. A doctor appointment I always look forward to.
    Nov 25, 2022
    Dr. Zimel is great - very caring understanding and great at answering any questions.
    Nov 06, 2022
    Dr Melissa Zimel is very friendly and professional. She patiently listened my questions and answered and one by one .
    Oct 25, 2022
    I have not heard from a test the doctor wa going to request for me.
    Oct 14, 2022
    I had a very good meeting with Dr Zimel
    Oct 07, 2022
    Exemplary service
    Oct 02, 2022
    This was an excellent experience for me
    Sep 04, 2022
    I continue to be impressed with everyone in this practice!
    Aug 25, 2022
    Dr Zimel always inform me about my condition
    Aug 09, 2022
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr. Zimel is great had all my info at her fingertips and knew my case in detail.
    Jun 03, 2022
    She Ordered x-ray for glute. In retrospect I also wondered if an x-ray or mri follow up on shoulder after time has passed might be appropriate to confirm there are no changes and it is benign she didn't mention if that is a recommended option.
    Apr 14, 2022
    Very happy with working with this team & Dr. Zimel in particular
    Mar 30, 2022
    The provider is very caring and very friendly.
    Mar 04, 2022
    Dr. Zimel is easy to talk with she's very personable and professional. I feel she has a clear handle on my condition and her approach for it feels very comfortable to me.
    Feb 20, 2022
    I love Dr Zimel she is amazing
    Jan 23, 2022
    The provider explained to me how my procedure will be and not in a rush.
    Jan 21, 2022
    I feel that they care about me
    Dec 29, 2021
    Dr. Zimel is very caring professional and personable. She covers the medical details plus takes time for human interaction with a sense of humor and concern for patient & family.
    Nov 14, 2021
    I have not heard from the PM&G group that was supposed to contact me for possible next step in treatment. Nor have I received a response to the MyChart visit follow up question I sent to Dr. Zimel last week.
    Nov 10, 2021
    Oct 20, 2021
    I had surgery my Dr. Was very thorough with the procedure and afterwards went over the outcome. I'm very thankful to have had such a professional and compassionate surgeon.
    Sep 17, 2021
    She introduced herself and shook my hand. I respect that so much.