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Lawrence R Menendez, MD
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
HCT 1520 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5830

Overview

Dr. Lawrence R Menendez is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck Medical Center of USC where he specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumors of bone and soft tissue. He is one of only a handful of orthopaedic oncologists in Southern California who is experienced in performing complicated limb-sparing surgeries and other orthopaedic cancer techniques such as cryosurgery and radiofrequency ablation. Primary musculoskeletal cancers are rare. Dr. Menendez uses a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to treatment with his colleagues from medical oncology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, radiology, surgical pathology, occupational and physical therapy and social services and pain management. Dr. Menendez is one of the most experienced orthopaedic oncologists in the nation and he has developed a special interest in the treatment of tumors of the pelvis and sacrum. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Menendez attended Middlebury College in Vermont and then received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his surgical internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and his orthopaedic surgery residency at New York University Medical Center. After residency Dr. Menendez completed a fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. William F Enneking. Dr. Menendez joined the faculty at USC in 1985 after his fellowship. Dr. Menendez has been involved in clinical research for over 27 years and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters and presentations. He has been invited to speak at universities both in the United States and abroad.

Awards

Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2016

Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors, 2016

Publications

Matcuk GR, Patel DB, Schein AJ, White EA, Menendez LR. Giant cell tumor: rapid recurrence after cessation of long-term denosumab therapy. Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Jul; 44(7):1027-31. View in: PubMed

Vaynrub M, Taheri N, Ahlmann ER, Yao C, Fedenko AN, Allison DC, Chawla SP, Menendez LR. Prognostic value of necrosis after neoadjuvant therapy for soft tissue sarcoma. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb; 111(2):152-7. View in: PubMed

Alexandrov T, Ahlmann ER, Menendez LR. Early clinical and radiographic results of minimally invasive anterior approach hip arthroplasty. Adv Orthop. 2014; 2014:954208. View in: PubMed

Sugi MT, Fedenko AN, Menendez LR, Allison DC. Clavicular eosinophilic granuloma causing adult shoulder pain. Rare Tumors. 2013 Feb 11; 5(1):e8. View in: PubMed

Chakarun CJ, Learch TJ, White EA, Menendez LR, Brien EW, Matcuk GR, Patel DB. Limb-sparing surgery for distal femoral and proximal tibial bone lesions: imaging findings with intraoperative correlation. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Feb; 200(2):W193-203. View in: PubMed

Hendifar AE, Ahlmann E, Allison DC, Hu J, Menendez L, Chawla SP. Moving beyond response criteria: new measures of success in the treatment of sarcomas. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2012 Sep; 13(3):299-305. View in: PubMed

Harvey N, Ahlmann ER, Allison DC, Wang L, Menendez LR. Endoprostheses last longer than intramedullary devices in proximal femur metastases. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Mar; 470(3):684-91. View in: PubMed

Allison DC, Carney SC, Ahlmann ER, Hendifar A, Chawla S, Fedenko A, Angeles C, Menendez LR. A meta-analysis of osteosarcoma outcomes in the modern medical era. Sarcoma. 2012; 2012:704872. View in: PubMed

Kasraeian S, Allison DC, Ahlmann ER, Fedenko AN, Menendez LR. A comparison of fine-needle aspiration, core biopsy, and surgical biopsy in the diagnosis of extremity soft tissue masses. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 Nov; 468(11):2992-3002. View in: PubMed

Ho L, Ahlmann ER, Menendez LR. Modified Harrington reconstruction for advanced periacetabular metastatic disease. J Surg Oncol. 2010 Feb 1; 101(2):170-4. View in: PubMed

Allison DC, Ahlmann ER, Xiang AH, Menendez LR. The linear cutting stapler may reduce surgical time and blood loss with muscle transection: a pilot study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Nov; 467(11):2859-64. View in: PubMed

Menendez LR, Ahlmann ER, Falkinstein Y, Allison DC. Periacetabular reconstruction with a new endoprosthesis. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Nov; 467(11):2831-7. View in: PubMed

Motamedi D, Learch TJ, Ishimitsu DN, Motamedi K, Katz MD, Brien EW, Menendez L. Thermal ablation of osteoid osteoma: overview and step-by-step guide. Radiographics. 2009 Nov; 29(7):2127-41. View in: PubMed

Masamed R, Learch TJ, Menendez LR. En bloc shoulder resection with total shoulder prosthetic replacement: indications and imaging findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Aug; 191(2):482-9. View in: PubMed

Iagaru A, Masamed R, Chawla SP, Menendez LR, Fedenko A, Conti PS. F-18 FDG PET and PET/CT evaluation of response to chemotherapy in bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Clin Nucl Med. 2008 Jan; 33(1):8-13. View in: PubMed

Ahlmann ER, Greene NW, Menendez LR, Stevanovic MV. Unusual locations for metastatic malignancy of the hand: a report of three cases. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2008; 17(4):267-70. View in: PubMed

Ahlmann ER, Falkinstein Y, Fedenko AN, Menendez LR. Cryoablation and resection influences patient survival for soft tissue sarcomas: impact on survivorship and local recurrence. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Jun; 459:174-81. View in: PubMed

Menendez LR, Ahlmann ER, Savage K, Cluck M, Fedenko AN. Tumor necrosis has no prognostic value in neoadjuvant chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcoma. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Feb; 455:219-24. View in: PubMed

Iagaru A, Chawla S, Menendez L, Conti PS. 18F-FDG PET and PET/CT for detection of pulmonary metastases from musculoskeletal sarcomas. Nucl Med Commun. 2006 Oct; 27(10):795-802. View in: PubMed

Ahlmann ER, Menendez LR, Fedenko AN, Learch T. Influence of cryosurgery on treatment outcome of low-grade chondrosarcoma. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Oct; 451:201-7. View in: PubMed

Menendez LR, Ahlmann ER, Kermani C, Gotha H. Endoprosthetic reconstruction for neoplasms of the proximal femur. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Sep; 450:46-51. View in: PubMed

DiPerna CA, Bowdish ME, Weaver FA, Bremner RM, Jabbour N, Skinner D, Menendez LR, Hood DB, Rowe VL, Katz S, Kohl R. Concomitant vascular procedures for malignancies with vascular invasion. Arch Surg. 2002 Aug; 137(8):901-6; discussion 906-7. View in: PubMed

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