Richard O'Donnell, MD

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.


Orthopedic Surgical Oncology
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885-3800
Fax: (415) 514-5661

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

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Harvard Medical School 1989


Massachusetts General Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery 1995


University of Washington, Musculoskeletal Oncology 1996

Selected Research and Publications

  1. von Mehren M, Randall RL, Benjamin RS, Boles S, Bui MM, Ganjoo KN, George S, Gonzalez RJ, Heslin MJ, Kane JM, Keedy V, Kim E, Koon H, Mayerson J, McCarter M, McGarry SV, Meyer C, Morris ZS, O'Donnell RJ, Pappo AS, Paz IB, Petersen IA, Pfeifer JD, Riedel RF, Ruo B, Schuetze S, Tap WD, Wayne JD, Bergman MA, Scavone JL. Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 2.2018, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 May; 16(5):536-563.
  2. Biermann JS, Chow W, Reed DR, Lucas D, Adkins DR, Agulnik M, Benjamin RS, Brigman B, Budd GT, Curry WT, Didwania A, Fabbri N, Hornicek FJ, Kuechle JB, Lindskog D, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, Million L, Morris CD, Movva S, O'Donnell RJ, Randall RL, Rose P, Santana VM, Satcher RL, Schwartz H, Siegel HJ, Thornton K, Villalobos V, Bergman MA, Scavone JL. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Bone Cancer, Version 2.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 02; 15(2):155-167.
  3. Kansagra AP, Wan JJ, Devulapalli KK, Horvai AE, O'Donnell RJ, Link TM. Malignant Transformation of an Aneurysmal Bone Cyst to Fibroblastic Osteosarcoma. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2016 Sep/Oct; 45(6):E367-E372.

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