Megan E. Anderson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

"I am forever humbled by the resiliency and tenacity of my patients who face limb- and life-threatening problems and am glad I can be a part of their battle in some way."

Medical Services


  • Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors


  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hematology / Oncology


  • English


  • Solid Tumor Program
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program
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Philosophy of Care 

My career path to orthopedic tumor surgery started with early exposure to orthopedics in general and continued with important role models, subspecialty programs and positive experiences in my training. It has been the draw of discovering correct diagnoses, investigating problems and then often being able to correct them surgically that lead me on this path. I am forever humbled by the resiliency and tenacity of my patients who face limb- and life-threatening problems and am glad I can be a part of their battle in some way.

Experience and Education



Wellesley College, 1990-1994

Wellesley, MA

Medical School

University of Florida College of Medicine, 1994-1998

Gainesville, FL


Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1998-1999

Cleveland, OH

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1999-2003

Cleveland, OH


Massachusetts General Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Boston Children’s Hospital, 2003-2004

Boston, MA


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional History

After completing her residency at the Cleveland Clinic and fellowship in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Tumor Fellowship Program, Dr. Megan Anderson joined Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Now in her second decade of practice, she leads the tumor service in Orthopedic Surgery and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She cares for patients with benign and malignant tumors of bone and soft tissue, is engaged in multiple clinical research projects, and is devoted to resident and fellow education.  Nationally, Dr. Anderson is very active in the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and Children’s Oncology Group and regionally in the New England Orthopaedic Society.


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  1. Anderson ME, Wu JS, Vargas SO. CORR ® Tumor Board: Do Orthopaedic Oncologists Agree on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cartilage Tumors of the Appendicular Skeleton? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 09; 475(9):2172-2175.
  2. Anderson ME, Wu JS, Vargas SO. CORR ® Tumor Board: Is There Benefit to Free Over Pedicled Vascularized Grafts in Augmenting Tibial Intercalary Allograft Constructs? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 05; 475(5):1319-1321.
  3. Anderson ME, Wu JS, Vargas SO. CORR ® Tumor Board: What are the Functional Results, Complications, and Outcomes of Using a Custom Unipolar Wrist Hemiarthroplasty for Treatment of Grade III Giant Cell Tumors of the Distal Radius? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 12; 474(12):2580-2582.
  4. Anderson ME, Wu JS, Vargas SO. CORR (®) Tumor Board: Is Prophylactic Intervention More Cost-Effective than the Treatment of Pathologic Fractures in Metastatic Bone Disease? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 07; 474(7):1560-2.
  5. Lozano-Calderón SA, Swaim SO, Federico A, Anderson ME, Gebhardt MC. Predictors of soft-tissue complications and deep infection in allograft reconstruction of the proximal tibia. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun; 113(7):811-7.
  6. Anderson ME. The Social Science of Surgery: Commentary on an article by Yu Tang, MD, et al.: "Effect of Surgery on Quality of Life of Patients with Spinal Metastasis from Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Mar 02; 98(5):e20.
  7. Anderson ME. Update on Survival in Osteosarcoma. Orthop Clin North Am. 2016 Jan; 47(1):283-92.
  8. Anderson ME, Wu JS, Vargas SO. CORR (®) Tumor Board: Does Microwave Ablation of the Tumor Edge Allow for Joint-sparing Surgery in Patients with Osteosarcoma of the Proximal Tibia? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 May; 474(5):1110-2.
  9. Anderson ME, Wu JS, Vargas SO. CORR(®) Tumor Board: Sacral Insufficiency Fractures are Common After High-dose Radiation for Sacral Chordomas Treated With or Without Surgery. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Mar; 474(3):630-2.
  10. Vinson DR, Drenten CE, Huang J, Morley JE, Anderson ML, Reed ME, Nishijima DK, Liu V. Impact of relative contraindications to home management in emergency department patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 May; 12(5):666-73.
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  12. Nazarian A, Entezari V, Zurakowski D, Calderon N, Hipp JA, Villa-Camacho JC, Lin PP, Cheung FH, Aboulafia AJ, Turcotte R, Anderson ME, Gebhardt MC, Cheng EY, Terek RM, Yaszemski M, Damron TA, Snyder BD. Treatment Planning and Fracture Prediction in Patients with Skeletal Metastasis with CT-Based Rigidity Analysis. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Jun 01; 21(11):2514-9.
  13. Anderson ME. CORR Insights®: Obesity does not affect survival outcomes in extremity soft tissue sarcoma. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Sep; 472(9):2807-8.
  14. Didolkar MM, Anderson ME, Hochman MG, Rissmiller JG, Goldsmith JD, Gebhardt MG, Wu JS. Image guided core needle biopsy of musculoskeletal lesions: are nondiagnostic results clinically useful? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Nov; 471(11):3601-9.
  15. Anderson ME, Miller PE, van Nostrand K, Vargas SO. Frozen section versus gross examination for bone marrow margin assessment during sarcoma resection. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Mar; 472(3):836-41.
  16. Anderson ME, Goldsmith JD, Hochman MG, Taghinia A. Orthopaedic case of the month: pulsatile soft tissue mass. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Nov; 470(11):3275-9.
  17. Anderson ME. Spinal tumors found in the athlete. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):569-80.
  18. Leong NL, Anderson ME, Gebhardt MC, Snyder BD. Computed tomography-based structural analysis for predicting fracture risk in children with benign skeletal neoplasms: comparison of specificity with that of plain radiographs. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Aug 04; 92(9):1827-33.
  19. Bergquist ER, Wu JS, Goldsmith JD, Anderson ME. Orthopaedic case of the month: ankle pain and swelling in a 23-year-old man. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 Sep; 468(9):2556-60.
  20. McMahon CJ, Shetty SK, Anderson ME, Hochman MG. Case report: Longitudinal stress fracture of the humerus: imaging features and pitfalls. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Dec; 467(12):3351-5.
  21. Yu DC, Linden BC, Anderson ME, Weldon CB. Use of a distal arteriovenous fistula in a complex vascular reconstruction after resection of an osteosarcoma in a high-risk child. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Feb; 44(2):459-63.
  22. Sung AD, Anderson ME, Zurakowski D, Hornicek FJ, Gebhardt MC. Unicameral bone cyst: a retrospective study of three surgical treatments. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Oct; 466(10):2519-26.
  23. Anderson ME, Spencer SE, Gebhardt MC. Pediatric tumors, infections, and hematologic diseases. Fischgrund J ed. Orthpaedic Knowledge Update 9. 2007.
  24. Anderson ME, McLain RF. Spine Tumors. Herkowitz HN, Garfin S, Eismont FJ, Bell GR, Balderston RA eds. Rothman-Simeone The Spine. 2006.
  25. Anderson ME, Gebhardt MC. The Future of Orthopaedic Oncology. Agarwal M ed. Orthopaedic Oncology. 2006.
  26. Anderson ME, Hornicek FJ, Gebhardt MC, Raskin KA, Mankin HJ. Alveolar soft part sarcoma: a rare and enigmatic entity. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 Sep; 438:144-8.
  27. Anderson ME. Paget's disease of bone. 2005.
  28. Anderson ME, Hyodo A, Zehr RJ, Marks KE, Muschler GF. Abductor reattachment with a custom proximal femoral replacement prosthesis. Orthopedics. 2002 Jul; 25(7):722-6.
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