Mark C. Gebhardt '71, MD is an orthopaedic oncologist with an expertise in pediatric bone and soft tissue sarcomas and benign musculoskeletal tumors. He treats adults and children with sarcomas at the Children's Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research interests include limb salvage of bone and soft t issue sarcomas and the molecular biology of sarcomas.
He is a 1971 graduate of Bucknell University with a BS in Biology, cum laude and was winner of the Lewis R. Robey Prize. He received his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1975 followed by two years of general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. Following a year of research in tumor immunology he completed his orthopaedic training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in 1982. He has fellowship training in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Oncology. For 20 years he practiced orthopaedic surgery, taught and participated in basic and clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital, Boston.
In 2003, he was appointed Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has rebuilt the Department from 2 members to a full service department with 15 orthopaedic surgeons, 3 primary care physicians and several NPs and PAs. He also restored the residency program (part of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program) to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Department includes a musculoskeletal Unit with a rheumatologist and primary care sports medicine physicians and a recent multidisciplinary Spine Center. He has had a leadership role in the institution as a member of the Chief's Council and Medical Executive Committee, and is Chairman of the Board of the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP). HMFP has more than 600 Specialists in 13 Departments. He is on the Board of CareGroup, the overarching consortium that includes two other hospitals.
He co-chairs the Orthopaedic committee of the Children's Oncology Group and is Past-President of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He served on the AAOS Board of Directors and was Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies. He has had over 15 years of experience examining for and being a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He was a member and ultimately the Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedics serving on that Committee for nine years.
He participates in the education of first and second year Harvard Medical School students and directed the Core Curriculum for the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program for ten years. He is the course director of the Boston Orthopaedic Pathology Course for New England Orthopaedic residents. He has published over 190 peer reviewed scientific articles and multiple book chapters.
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