University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Richard J. O'Donnell, MD

Richard J. O'Donnell, MD

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and Chief, Orthopaedic Oncology Service, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Pediatric Malignancies

Research Summary

Dr. O'Donnell is a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Chief of the Orthopaedic Oncology Service in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Co-Director of the Sarcoma Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. O'Donnell is Founder of the Orthopaedic Surgical Osseointegration Society (OSOS). He is Co-Director of the UCSF international Center for Osseointegration Research, Education, and Surgery (iCORES), as well as an Extramural Member of the Steering Committee for the Department of Defense Osseointegration Program. Dr. O'Donnell is proud to serve under the auspices of the American Red Cross at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has also been appointed as Visiting Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School.

Selected Publications

  1. O'Donnell R, Strony J . Does the type of fixation (cemented vs. uncemented) of an oncologic endoprosthesis influence the incidence of subsequent surgical site infection/periprosthetic joint infection (SSI/PJI)?. Proceedings of the Second International Consensus Meeting (ICM) on Musculoskeletal Infection. 2018; 846-847.
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  2. O'Donnell RJ, DuBois SG, Haas-Kogan DA. Sarcomas of bone. DeVita, Hellman and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 11th edition. Edited by Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., Theodore S. Lawrence, and Steven A. Rosenberg. 2018; 1450-1474.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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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  6. Trivedi H, Link TM, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE, Motamedi D. Multiple hereditary exostoses: A pseudoaneurysm masquerading as tumor. J Radiol Case Rep. 2016 Aug; 10(8):50-59.
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  7. Leeman JJ, Motamedi D, Wildman-Tobriner B, O'Donnell RJ, Link TM. Intra-articular osteoid osteoma at the femoral trochlea treated with osteochondral autograft transplantation. J Radiol Case Rep. 2016 Jun; 10(6):22-29.
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  8. Walker Gallego E, Burk TF, Horvai AE, Link TM, Luke AC, O'Donnell RJ. Patellar Coccidioides immitis osteomyelitis: Case report and literature review. Curr Orthop Pract. 2016; 27(3):330-335.
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  9. Goldman LH, Morse LJ, O'Donnell RJ, Wustrack RL. How Often Does Spindle Failure Occur in Compressive Osseointegration Endoprostheses for Oncologic Reconstruction? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Jul; 474(7):1714-23.
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  10. Legaspi KN, Wustrack RL, O’Donnell RJ. Total femoral and proximal tibial compressive osseointegration: 12-year follow-up. Curr Orthop Pract. 2016; 27(2):231-235.
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  11. Tinkle CL, Tsuji SY, Weinberg V, Wustrack R, Braunstein SE, Haas-Kogan DA, DuBois SG, Horvai A, Jahan T, O’Donnell RJ Gottschalk AR. Intraoperative radiotherapy and limb-sparing surgery in the treatment of primary, non-metastatic extremity soft tissue sarcoma. J Rad Onc. 2015; 4:299-307.
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  12. O'Donnell RJ, DuBois SG, Haas-Kogan DA. Sarcomas of bone. DeVita, Hellman and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 10th edition. Edited by Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., Theodore S. Lawrence, and Steven A. Rosenberg. 2014; 1292-1313.
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  13. von Mehren M, Randall LR, Benjamin RS, Boles S, Bui MM, Casper ES, Conrad EU, DeLaney TF, Ganjoo KN, George S, Gonzalez RJ, Heslin MJ, Kane JM, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, Meyer C, O'Donnell RJ, Pappo AS, Paz IB, Pfeifer JD, Riedel RF, Schuetze S, Schupak KD, Schwartz, HS, Van Tine BA, Wayne JD. NCCN Guidelines for Patients. Soft Tissue Sarcoma. 2014; 1-74.
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  14. von Mehren M, Randall RL, Benjamin RS, Boles S, Bui MM, Casper ES, Conrad EU, Delaney TF, Ganjoo KN, George S, Gonzalez RJ, Heslin MJ, Kane JM, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, Meyer C, O'Donnell RJ, Pappo AS, Paz IB, Pfeifer JD, Riedel RF, Schuetze S, Schupak KD, Schwartz HS, Van Tine BA, Wayne JD, Bergman MA, Sundar H. Soft tissue sarcoma, version 2.2014. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Apr; 12(4):473-83.
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  15. 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.
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  16. 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.
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  17. 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 01; 11(6):688-723.
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  18. 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.
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  19. 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.
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  20. 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.
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