About Me

I am an orthopaedic surgeon dedicated to the treatment of children and adults who have bone or soft tissue tumors located in the extremities, pelvis, and sacrum. I am part of a multidisciplinary team that includes other experts in this field (pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other surgical specialists) — all of whom share the ultimate goal of providing the best care to each individual patient. Team approach has substantially improved the prognosis of musculoskeletal cancer and particularly sarcomas.

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Effective tumor removal without amputation is today possible in most cases through the use of a limb-salvage reconstructive procedure, with special emphasis placed on providing these patients with functional and long-term durable limb reconstructions. My clinical practice includes management of benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors, and reconstructive surgery of the pelvis and extremities for neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions including complex total joint revision surgery.

My primary research focus is to improve treatment outcomes for children and adults affected by musculoskeletal cancer. This entails designing more-effective cooperative strategies of treatment and optimizing results of surgical management, including both limb-reconstructive surgery and amputations. Areas of particular interest are massive skeletal and joint reconstruction, severe bone loss, and use of new porous materials to restore bone.

I am member of numerous national and international scientific societies related to musculoskeletal oncology. I have trained and mentored several specialists in this field from all over the world.

  • Clinical Expertise: Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Pediatric and Adult; Metastatic Cancer to Bone; Benign Bone Tumors; Pelvic and Sacral Tumors; Skeletal and Joint Reconstruction
  • Languages Spoken: English; French; Italian; Spanish
  • Education: MD, University of Bologna Medical School
  • Residencies: Orthopedic Surgery - Istituto Otopedico Rizzoli
  • Fellowships: Adult Reconstruction - Mayo Clinic; Musculoskeletal Oncology - Mayo Clinic
  • Board Certifications: Orthopaedic Surgery (Italy and Europe)

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Selected Book Chapters
“Tratamiento conservador del  osteosarcoma.” Boriani S, Ferruzzi A, Ferraro A, Fabbri N. In: Actualizaciones en Tumores Oseos Malignos, Proceedings 2nd Reunion Internacional de Cirugia Ortopedica.  Fernandez Portal L, ed. Salamanca: 1989; 49-54.

“Il Registro Nazionale dei tumori maligni dell’osso.” Picci P, Fabbri N, Biagini R, Ruggieri P, Ferruzzi A, Casadei R. In: Recenti progressi nelle conoscenze e nel controllo dei tumori. E. Triggiani, G. Sammarco, G. Liguori, D. Carretti, C. Maltoni, eds., Bologna: Monduzzi Editore; 1990: 167-172

“Chemioterapia primaria dell’osteosarcoma: esperienza dell’Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli.” Picci P, Ruggieri P, Fabbri N, Biagini R, Tella G, Casadei R, Ferraro A, De Cristofaro R. In: Oncologia in Italia negli anni 90: valutazione dell’esistente e prospettive. G. Rasà, S. Amato, C. Currò, G. Fallica, F.L. Paparo, L. Caldarola, D. Carretti, C. Maltoni, eds. Bologna: Monduzzi Editore; 1991: 797-806.

“Valutazione dei margini chirurgici nella chirurgia oncologica dell’apparato locomotore e recidive locali.” Fabbri N, De Cristofaro R, Ferruzzi A, Tella G, Biagini R. In: La Terapia Chirurgica delle Recidive. L. Docimo, ed. Napoli: Casa Editrice l’Antologia; 1992: 359-364.

“Resection of ischiopubic tumours (pelvic region 3).” Fabbri N, Mercuri M, Campanacci M. In: Surgical Techniques in Orthopaedics and Traumatology. DuParc J, ed.  Paris: Elsevier; 2001.

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“Musculoskeletal tumors and sports injuries.” Ayvaz M, Fabbri N. In: Sports Injuries. MN Doral et al., eds. Berlin: Springer-Verlag; 2011.

“Iliofemoral arthrodesis and pseudoarthrosis.” Fabbri N, O’Connor MI, Mercuri M, Sim FH: In: Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Oncology and Complex Reconstruction. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012: 13-29.

“Osteofibrous dysplasia.” Fabbri N, Turcotte R. In: Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale: Appareil Locomoteur. Paris: Elsevier Masson; 2012

“Adamantinoma.” Turcotte R, Fabbri N: In: Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale: Appareil Locomoteur. Paris: Elsevier Masson; 2012

“Surgical management of lower extremity bone sarcomas.” Nassif N, Mavrogenis AF , Fabbri N. In: Sarcoma Oncology: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Pollock RE, Baker LH, O’Sullivan B, Randall RL, eds. People’s Medical Publishing House-USA, Ltd: China. In press.

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