Welcome to Sarcoma Specialists
This is the home page for Dr. Wodajo and and his team of specialists in bone and soft tissue tumors. Together, they offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal tumors including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Dr. Wodajo treats benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors and adults and children. Malignant tumors of the musculoskeletal system are called sarcomas.
Common diagnoses treated include:
- osteosarcoma, ewing's sarcoma, chondrosarcoma
- malignant fibrous hstiiocytoma, liposarcoma, synovial sarcoma
- giant cell tumor, osteoid osteoma, fibrous dysplasia
- bone tumors which have spread from breast, lung or kidney cancers ("metastatic" tumors)
Felasfa M. Wodajo, MD
Dr. Wodajo obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. He trained in Orthopedic surgery at Howard University after which he completed a two year fellowship in Orthopedic Oncology at Washington Hospital Center, both in Washington DC. He holds the following titles:
- Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Oncology, Virginia Hospital Center
- Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus
- Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital
Dr. Wodajo is also a consultant for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, providing consultative and surgical services for patients with musculoskeletal tumors.
Dr. Wodajo is an orthopedic oncologist., that is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors.
After the completion of orthopedic surgery training, Dr. Wodajo continued onto an intensive two year training program exclusively focused on bone and soft tissue tumors and sarcomas.
The role of the orthopedic oncologist is first to establish the diagnosis. This is sometimes possible with imaging studies alone. Sometimes a biopsy is required.
After the diagnosis is determined, some tumors will require surgery only, others may require chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy in addition to surgery. In most cases, however, the role of surgery is critical in reducing the chance of the tumor recurring and ensuring the best possible functional outcome for the patient.
Collaborating with other talented specialists is integral to providing the best patient care. This is especially true for musculoskeletal tumors which often require a multi-disciplinary approach both fordiagnosis and treatment. Correctly diagnosing the problem involves collaboration with radiologists and pathologists.
Twice monthly musculoskeletal tumor conferences ("tumor boards") are held at Virginia Hospital Center to discuss upcoming and post-operative patients. These are invaluable to confirming diagnoses and in planning the course of treatment among the different specialists.
Treatment for malignant tumors usually is done in collaboration with medical and radiation oncologists. Children with malignant tumors are treated in conjunction with pediatric oncologists.
Diagnosis is made in conjunction with radiologists and pathologists. When a biopsy is performed, it is reviewed in the context of the radiology images before making final determination of diagnosis. The use of chemotherapy or radiation for selected patients is decided jointly among the various specialists. For this reason, regular conferences among clinicians serve an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Being diagnosed with a tumor always provokes great anxiety for patients. The philosophy of Sarcoma Specialists is to provide as much information as possible to the patient as quickly as possible, to be readily available for questions between visits and to tailor treatment for each individual.
Virginia Hospital Center
For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. In 2004, Virginia Hospital Center celebrated the Grand Opening of a new $150 million state-of-the-art facility.
The Hospital offers comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including: Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Oncology, Neuroscience, Urology, and Women & Infant Health. Growing service lines include the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern Virginia, Colorectal Surgery and more.
- Named one of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. The only hospital in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region – 11.05.2013
- Named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. Also one of only 17 of the 100 Top Hospitals to receive the 2013 Everest Award – 02.25.2013
- Received a Hospital Safety Score of A from The Leapfrog Group – 2013
- Recognized by Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for the following measures: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care for 2012.
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