Orthopaedic Oncology Center at Bellevue

Director: Timothy B. Rapp, MD

The Orthopaedic Oncology Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a major referral center in the Tri-State Area for bone and soft tissue tumors.

A wide variety of pathologic diagnoses are treated, including benign and malignant tumors of bone, cartilage, and soft tissue. Patient care is optimized by a carefully coordinated interactive effort among diverse services, including Radiology, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Adult Oncology and Radiation Therapy, along with surgical oncologists in various specialties at NYU Medical Center.

The Division has introduced new concepts of limb-sparing surgery for children and adults affected by malignant bone tumors. The use of new diagnostic modalities, in conjunction with progress in chemotherapy protocols, has resulted in dramatic improvement in the survival of cancer patients. Limb-sparing surgery in children now uses the expandable prosthesis, which allows serial lengthening to overcome the expected limb length discrepancy. At the same time, the introduction of biological substitutes, including allografts and vascularized fibular grafts, allows durable reconstruction with complete restoration of ambulation with good social and cultural integration.

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Dr. Timothy Rapp, Director of the Center, who may be reached at 212.731.6558.