Frank Frassica, MD, is a national and internationally recognized expert in the bone and soft tissue tumors. He is especially interested in soft tissue tumors and limb salvage (saving the extremity as opposed to amputating). He served at the president of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and the general secretary of the Limb Salvage Society.
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He loves teaching and has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award at Johns Hopkins Hospital (twice), MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic. He was selected as American Orthopaedic Association Distinguished Clinical Educator in 2006. He was the director of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Comprehensive Review Course for many years and teaches annually at Brown University, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed National Medical Center.
Dr. Frassica graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 and served aboard a guided missile destroyer for three years. While aboard ship he qualified as a surface warfare officer, engineering officer of the watch, and a command duty officer. In 1978, he attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was the valedictorian of the class. He did his residency in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the Mayo Clinic. Following graduation, he was assigned as a staff surgeon at Portsmouth Naval Hospital where he was the director of the residency program for orthopaedic surgery. He was deployed to Fleet Hospital Five as the chief of orthopaedic surgery and the sub-specialty surgeons during the first gulf war (Operation Desert Shield/Storm).
In 1992, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University where he rose to the rank of professor of orthopaedic surgery and oncology and was the director of the department for eleven years. He retired from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and joined Medstar Health. He has published over 175 peer reviewed articles and three books. He was deputy editor for oncology and basic science for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Review Journal. He is very dedicated to his patients and is known for the excellent care that he delivers to them.