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Dr. Wakenda Tyler, Orthopedic Oncologist, Joins Columbia Orthopedics

June 29, 2017

On June 1, Wakenda K. Tyler, MD, MPH joined Columbia Orthopedics as the Chief of the Orthopedic Oncology Service. Previously, she was an orthopedic oncologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She was drawn to working in orthopedic oncology because of the technical aspect and it gave her the latitude to express her compassionate nature.

“I have always envisioned my life as one that gives to others,” said Dr. Tyler. “This field allows me to accomplish that wholeheartedly.”

Dr. Tyler specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the bones and soft tissues in patients of all ages. Her research focuses on the treatment of patients with bone and soft tissue tumors and conditions that lead to osteolysis, which is bone destruction as a result of implant wear and loosening or presence of a tumor. She was inspired to join this subspecialty because of her late uncle Steven Goodman, who passed away from angiosarcoma, and her mentor at Sloan-Kettering, Carol Morris, MD.

“The reason I list her as a role model is because she has always exemplified the best virtues of our field,” said Dr. Tyler. “She is kind, compassionate, as well as a gifted surgeon. She also was always honest with her patients, but found ways to give even the worst news in a reassuring manner.”

Although she has an active calendar, she makes time for exercise and family. She scuba dives, hikes, and snowboards but mostly loves running and competes locally and nationally.

“Everyone who knows me knows I never go anywhere without my running shoes and I always find a way to run no matter what environment or situation I come across,” said Dr. Tyler. “You can’t be an effective physician if you don’t tend to the things that feed your soul and your physical health.”

She was familiar with Columbia Orthopedics’ outstanding reputation but decided to join after meeting with and being greatly impressed with the faculty and leadership. She happily looks forward to working with them as her practice begins in New York City.

“I felt that this was a program that I could both continue to grow as a leader in the field of orthopedic oncology and also give back to the medical community at the same time,” said Dr. Tyler. “I am looking forward to many great years of collaboration and caring for patients together.”

Dr. Tyler will be seeing patients at 3959 Broadway 8th Floor and 590 5th Ave., 5th Floor. You can make an appointment here.

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