Wakenda Tyler, M.D., M.P.H.

Wakenda Tyler, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Clinton Crossings Office Park
4901 Lac De Ville Boulevard
Building D
Rochester, NY 14618

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

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  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

Dr. Tyler earned her medical degree from The John Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She then completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Tyler has written medical journal articles on several bone diseases, the effectiveness of medication in penetrating to the site of bone grafts, and the strength of the bone and prosthesis union. Dr. Tyler is an Assistant Professor in URMC's Orthopaedic Oncology and Metabolic Bone Disease and Adult Reconstruction.

Patient Care Bio

My goal is to provide compassionate surgical care that achieves cure of cancer whenever possible. When cure is not possible, I strive to achieve pain control and improve function as best as possible through surgical interventions.

Since early in my medical school training, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon who treats patients with cancer. This is likely because I lost several friends and family members to this disease. My love of the musculoskeletal system – and desire to improve the function of the people I care for – drove me in the direction of orthopaedic surgical oncology. My areas of special interest include musculoskeletal oncology, sarcoma and metastatic bone cancer.

Every patient who sees me is treated with equal respect and compassion. I am also honest and let my patients know in all sincerity if their problem is one I can help with or not.

Conditions I Treat:

- Primary soft tissue and bone cancers of the extremities, pelvis and shoulder girdle
- Bone and soft tissue sarcomas
- Metastatic bone cancer

Awards & Honors (National)

American Orthopaedic Association Future Leaders in Orthopaedics recipient | American Orthopaedic Association 2006

Awards & Honors (Local)

Joseph M. Lane, MD Resident Research Grant recipient 2006
Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society Inductee | Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health 2002 - 2002
Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honors Society Inductee 2002
Monumental City Medical Society Scholarship Recipient 2001 - 2002
Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Watt-Hansel Scholarship recipient | Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health 2000 - 2001
The Class of 1895 Award | Millersville University 1997
The Fontes Health Professions Award in Pre-Med 1997
The Cecil Upton Organic Chemistry Award 1997
Summa Cum Laude, Department Honors and University Honors | Millersville University 1997
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society inductee | Millersville University 1996 - 1997
Scholar Athlete Award receipient in cross country, track and field | Millersville University 1993 - 1994

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary


Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine2002
MPH | Public Health | Johns Hopkins University2001
BA | Psychology | Millersville State College1997

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center08/01/2007 - 07/31/2009
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery06/01/2003 - 06/30/2007
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery06/01/2002 - 06/30/2003