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Susan M. McDowell, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 602-0700

Administrative: (585) 276-4380

Fax: (585) 320-1031

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, 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 in 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.




    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 MCD. "Cytologic analysis of a glomus tumor in the left second toe: Case report." Diagnostic cytopathology.. 2022 Feb 9; Epub 2022 Feb 09.

    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.


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