I have decades of experience diagnosing and treating sarcomas and benign tumors of the bones and soft tissue. I am an expert in surgery to remove tumors while preserving limbs, and I rebuild functional bones and joints with joint replacements and bone transplants. I am proud to be part of a team with a missionary zeal to treat people with cancer and to help them continue to have productive lives.
I also have a special interest in treating children who have bone cancers (osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma). As we continue to make progress in curing these cancers, it becomes even more important to be able to reconstruct limbs to provide patients with optimal long-term function. While our goal is always to cure the cancer, we strive to understand each patient’s activities and help them achieve their individual goals while maintaining hope for the future.
My research involves understanding the molecular biology of sarcoma, developing new ways to deliver chemotherapy to tumors, and improving the durability and function of joint replacements. I have invented and developed four different joint replacement systems and have patented several methods to deliver drugs to tumors and to study cancers in the laboratory.
In addition to my role as Chief of the Orthopaedic Service at Memorial Soan-Kettering, I am a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Nationally, I have served as Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Orthopaedics Section, as President of the International Society of Limb Salvage, President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, and on the boards of several musculoskeletal and orthopaedic organizations. I am an advisor to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Education is an important part of my role as well. I have served as Vice Chair of Conferences and Education for the Department of Surgery. I directed the Orthopaedics Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering for 20 years, and am proud to have trained the leading specialists in this field in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Most importantly, I educate my patients about their disease and how we will respond creatively and effectively to meet their needs.
- Clinical Expertise: Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma; Benign Bone Tumors; Prosthetic Reconstruction; Metabolic Bone Disease
- Awards and Honors: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2002-2016)
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
- Residencies: General Surgery - Tufts-New England Medical Center; Orthopaedic Surgery - Hospital for Special Surgery
- Fellowships: Musculoskeletal Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Metabolic Bone Disease - Hospital for Special Surgery
- Board Certifications: Orthopaedic Surgery
Diagnosis and Management of Pathologic Fractures. Lane JM, Healey JH, eds. New York, NY: Raven Press; 1993.
Selected Book Chapters
“Bone tumors.” Healey JH. In Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice. 16th ed. Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders; 2001: 519-532.
“Bone and soft tissue tumors around the knee.” Healey JH. In Surgery of the Knee. 3rd ed. Insall JN, Scott WN, eds. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2001: 1997-2028.
“Sarcomas of bone.” Lin PP, Healey JH. In: Surgical Oncology. Bland KI, Daly JM, Karakousis CP, eds. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2001: 1015-1053.
“Bone and soft tissue tumors about the knee.” Healey JH, Kennedy JG. In: The Adult Knee. Callaghan JJ, Rosenberg AG, Rubash HE, Simonian PT, Wickiewicz TL, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003: 495-520.
“Soft tissue sarcomas and bone tumors.” Healey JH. In: Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice. 17th ed. Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2004: 815-832.
“Metastatic cancer to the bone.” Manoso MM, Healey JH. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 7th ed. DeVita VT Jr, Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005: 2368-2380.
“Bone tumors.” Nathan SS, Healey JH. In: Pediatric Surgery. 6th ed. Grosfeld JL, O’Neill JA Jr, Fonkalsrud EW, Coran AG, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2006: 649-670.
“Cancer pain management in orthopedic surgery.” Healey JH. In: Encyclopedia of Pain. Schmidt RF, Willis WD, eds. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag; 2007: 359-361.
“The role of orthopaedic surgery in the palliative care of patients with cancer.” Healey JH, Tyler WK. In: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. 4th ed. Hanks G, Cherny NI, Christakis NA, Fallon M, Kaasa S, Portenoy RK, eds. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2009: 558-572.
“Bone tumors.” Nathan SS, Healey JH. In: Pediatric Surgery. 7th ed. Coran AG, Adzick NS, Krummel TM, Laberge JM, Shamberger RC, Caldamone AA, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012: 577-590.
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Clinical Trials Led by John H. Healey
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