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Susan M. McDowell, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 276-4380

Fax: (585) 276-1322

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance, Surgery


I am an orthopaedic oncologist specializing in treatment of musculoskeletal tumor--lumps and bumps that may or may not be cancerous in the bones, muscle and other soft tissues of the body. I treat people from the very young to the most mature, providing the compassion and understanding I feel each patient deserves, as well as including patients and their families at every stage of decision-making.

I also maintain my roots as a general orthopedist by performing partial and total joint replacement surgery. I have a particular interest in limb-sparing surgery and preservation of function.

I perform humanitarian work in locations around the world. Each year, I travel to Thailand to the Barefoot Doctors School, where I train health workers from Myanmar to provide care to people in their villages. In the past, I have travelled to West Bengal, India, to perform hand surgery, and I assisted my father n building a church in Costa Rica.


I am involved in clinical research in the fields of orthopedic surgery and treatment for bone and soft tissue sarcoma. Examples of my work include analyzing orthopaedic infections and treatment of fractures. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles and contributing to textbooks, I am the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and honors.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


MD | Indiana University School of Medicine-Indianapolis

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2016 - 07/31/2017
Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology at Mayo Foundation Rochester

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2012
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University Medical Center

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University Medical Center

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2015 - Present
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

First Place - Case Report Posters
Sponsor: MAMC Research Day

Resident Leadership Forum
Sponsor: AOA

National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference

2003 - 2007
Health Professions Scholarship Program
Sponsor: US Navy

Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: Ball State University

2002 - 2003
Golden Key International Honor Society

Phi Society
Sponsor: Ball State University

2001 - 2002
Junior Marshall
Sponsor: Ball State University

2000 - 2002
NCAA Division I Academic All-American

1999 - 2003
Presidential Scholarship
Sponsor: Ball State University

1999 - 2003
Athletic Scholarship, Field Hockey
Sponsor: Ball State University

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Journal Articles

Hwang, J.; McDowell, S.; Cole, B.; Huber, A.; Reyes, MC. "Cytologic analysis of a glomus tumor in the left second toe: Case report". Diagnostic Cytopathology. 2022; .

Sulovari A, Ninomiya MJ, Beck CA, Ricciardi BF, Ketonis C, Mesfin A, Kaplan NB, Soin SP, McDowell SM, Mahmood B, Daiss JL, Schwarz EM, Oh I. "Clinical Utilization of Species-Specific Immunoassays for Identification of S. aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae in Orthopaedic Infections." Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society.. 2020 Dec 4; Epub 2020 Dec 04.

Bethel, Monique; McDowell, Susan; Chitteti, Brahmananda; Cheng, Ying-Hua; Mullis, Brian H.; Ertl, Janos P.; Chu, Tien-Min G.; Kacena, Melissa A.; Anglen, Jeffrey O.;. "The properties of inducible membranes in animals and humans" . International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics. 2017; 9(3): 189-200.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Radial and Ulnar Shaft, Monteggia, and Galeazzi Fractures
Book Title: Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications
Author List: Susan McDowell, Brian Mullis
Edited By: M. Archdeacon, Jeff Anglen, Dolfi Herscovici, Robert Ostrum
Published By: SLACK, Inc. 2012




Susan M. McDowell, M.D.