Steven Thorpe, M.D.

Steven W. Thorpe, M.D.


Musculoskeletal Oncology

Sarcoma Surgery

Pediatric Orthopaedic Oncology


  • Assistant Professor


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: Advice Nurse 916-734-4321
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 musculoskeletal 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

Outcomes and innovations in limb sparing surgery for treatment of bone and soft tissue sarcoma.  Outcomes and innovations in pelvic resections and reconstruction for sarcoma of the pelvis.  Determination of role of cancer stem cells in the propagation and development of metastases and relapse in bone and soft tissue sarcoma. 


Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Children's Hospital


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

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


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


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

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Connective Tissue Oncology Society

International Society of Limb Salvage

Musculoskeletal Tumor Society

Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Graduate: United States Air Force Academy, 2003

Select Recent Publications

Gingrich AA, Bateni SB, Monjazeb AM, Darrow MA, Thorpe SW, Kirane AR, Bold RJ, Canter RJ. Neoadjuvant Radiotherapy is Associated with R0 Resection and Improved Survival for Patients with Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma Undergoing Surgery: A National Cancer Database Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Oct;24(11):3252-3263. Epub 2017 Jul 24.

Thorpe SW, Goodman MA, Weiss KR, McGough RL.  Expanding the scope of the orthopaedic oncology practice: our experience with resection and reconstruction of chest wall tumors. Curr Orthop Pract. 2012;23: 467 – 472.

Thorpe SW, Weiss KR, Goodman MA, Heyl AE, McGough RL.  Should aggressive surgical local control be attempted in all patients with metastatic or pelvic Ewing’s sarcoma? Sarcoma. 2012; 1-10.

Vlacich G, Diaz R, Thorpe SW, Murphy BA, Kirby W, Sinard RJ, Shakhtour B, Murphy P, Netterville JL, Yarbrough WG, Cmelak AJ.  Intensity-modulated radiation therapy with concurrent Taxane-based chemotherapy for locally-advanced head and neck cancer: toxicities and efficacy. The Oncologist. 2012;17:673-681

Thorpe SW, Hohl JB, Gilbert S, Tannoury, CA, Lee JY.  Aberrant right subclavian artery encountered during debridement of T2 osteomyelitis and associated phlegmon.”  Spine J. 2011;11:e6-e10.

Eubanks JD, Thorpe SW, Cheruvu  VK, Braly BA, Kang JD.  Does smoking influence fusion rates in posterior cervical arthrodesis with lateral mass instrumentation?”  Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011;469:696-701