Orthopedic Oncology

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UC San Diego Health is the one place in San Diego for treatment of bone and soft-tissue cancers. Our orthopedic oncology team incorporates leading specialists working together in the diagnosis and treatment of more than 30 types of sarcoma, including soft-tissue sarcoma and osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Our team includes orthopedic surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, surgical pathologists, and orthopedic radiologists.

This multidisciplinary team approach ensures accurate diagnosis and staging of various types of bone and soft tissue tumors, both benign and malignant, as well as a variety of treatment options.

For more information — including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment information — see the links below:

We encourage physician referrals and patient self-referrals for initial diagnosis, biopsy, and staging of all bone and soft-tissue tumors.

Meet our specialists

Anna Kulidjian, MD

Anna Kulidjian, MD

Dr. Kulidjian is an orthopedic surgeon with dual fellowship training in joint reconstruction and musculoskeletal oncology. As a member of the oncology team, she surgically removes bone tumors as well as tumors found in soft tissues such as muscle, fascia, fat and skin. She is also skilled at restoring the injured limb through complex reconstructions and limb salvage techniques. Dr. Kulidjian’s research interests include trying to understand the mechanisms of sarcoma metastasis and the role of stem cells in the initiation and maintenance of the disease. In the laboratory, she works to find novel therapies to treat sarcoma.

William Bownman, MD

William Bowman, MD

William Bowman, MD, is the most experienced orthopedic oncologist in San Diego. Fellowship-trained in sports medicine and orthopedic oncology, Dr. Bowman teaches and practices orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on the surgical removal of bone and soft tissue tumors. His expertise involves diagnosing and treating benign and malignant lesions in bone and soft tissue of the limbs and chest, and using advanced limb salvage techniques to restore form and function following tumor resection. Dr. Bowman has been recognized by San Diego Magazine as a “Top Doctor” more than 10 times.

Together, Drs. Bowman and Kulidjian take care of people with benign and cancerous bone and soft tissue tumors throughout San Diego.



For more information or to make an appointment:

Moores Cancer Center 

Contact Orthopedic Oncology

Appointments: 866-773-2703

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