Steven W. Thorpe, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.O.A. for UC Davis Health

Steven W. Thorpe, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.O.A.

Associate Professor

To see if Steven W. Thorpe is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Sarcoma Surgery

Pediatric Orthopaedic Oncology

Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Oncology

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic
4860 Y Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinic Phone: 916-734-2700

Clinic Fax: 916-734-7137

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-5959

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Thorpe strives to provide compassionate, evidence based care to all patients and their families.  He works closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide expert coordinated care to patients with sarcoma and other tumors of the musculoskeletal system.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Thorpe is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgical oncologist with expertise in bone and soft tissue sarcomas in both adult and pediatric patients. He specializes in limb sparing resections and reconstructions for bone and soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities.  He also has expertise in the surgical management of metastatic bone tumors and benign bone and soft tissue tumors.  Dr. Thorpe has particular interest in pediatric limb salvage procedures and surgical resections for malignant sarcoma of the pelvis. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Thorpe's research focuses on clinical and translational studies in the treatment of sarcoma. He is currently working on studies evaluating surgical margins and improving the quality of soft tissue sarcoma resections. Additionally, he partners with a bioengineering lab working with 3D models for the study of tumor formation and the development of metastasis in osteosarcoma. 


Musculoskeletal Oncology
Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., United States Air Force Academy, Denver CO 2003

Medical School

M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN 2007


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA 2007-2012


Musculoskeletal Oncology, University of TX MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX 2015-2016

Distinguished Graduate: United States Air Force Academy, 2003

Outstanding Graduating Cadet in Chemistry: United States Air Force Academy, 2003

Senior Author on “CD44 and Aldh1 Predict Oncologic Outcomes in Osteosarcoma”: MSTS Annual Meeting 2nd place poster, 2019

Diamond Doc Award, recognizes physicians with exceptional patient care 2021, 2022

Gingrich AA, Marrufo AS, Liu Y, Li CS, Darrow MA, Monjazeb AM, Thorpe SW, Canter RJ. Radiotherapy is Associated With Improved Survival in Patients With Synovial Sarcoma Undergoing Surgery: A National Cancer Database Analysis. J Surg Res, 2020 Nov;255:378-387.

Alvarez E, Malogolowkin M, Pollock BH, Li Q, Johnston E, Marina N, Wun T, Thorpe SW, Keegan T. Impact of location of inpatient cancer care on patients with Ewing sarcoma and osteosarcoma—A population-based study. Pediatr Blood Cancer, e28998.

Thai V, Griffin A, Thorpe SW, Randall R, Leach J. Tissue Engineered Platforms for Studying Primary and Metastatic Neoplasm Behavior in Bone. J Biomech. 2021;115:110189.

Jawad MU, Farhan SB, Haffner MR, Kreulen CD, Giza E, Thorpe SW, Randall RL . Malignant neoplasms originating from the bones of the foot: Predilection of hematological malignancies and sex-related and ethnic disparities in amputation. J Surg Oncol, Aug 5. doi: 10.1002/.

Jawad MU, Bayne CO, Farhan S, Haffner MR, Carr-Ascher J, Alvarez E, Thorpe SW, Randall RL. Prognostic factors, disparity, and equity variables impacting prognosis in bone sarcomas of the hand: SEER database review. J Surg Oncol, Aug 25. doi: 10.1002.

Salerno KE, Alektiar KM, Baldini EH, Bedi M, Bishop AJ, Bradfield L, Chung P, Delaney TF, Folpe A, Kane III JM, Li XA, Petersen I, Powell J, Stolten M, Thorpe SW, Trent JC, Voermans M, Guadagnolo BA. Radiation Therapy for Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in Adults: Executive Summary of an ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline.

Jawad MU, Pollock BH, Alvarez E, Carr-Ascher JR, Randall RL, Thorpe SW. Non-Private Health Insurance predicts Advanced Stage at Presentation and Amputation in Lower Extremity High Grade Bone Sarcoma: A National Cancer Database Study. Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Saiz Jr. A, Gingrich A, Cnater R, Kirane A, Monjazeb A, Randall R, Thorpe SW. Role of Radiation Therapy in Adult Extraskeletal Ewing’s Sarcoma Patients Treated with Chemotherapy & Surgery. PMID: 31178655: Sarcoma, 2019