My Practice

Lawrence R. Menendez MD, FACS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Lawrence R. Menendez MD, FACS
Lawrence R. Menendez MD, FACS

Areas of Treatment

  • Tumors of the musculoskeletal system in adults and children
  • Limb sparing tumor surgery
  • Innovative methods of endoprosthetic and allograft reconstruction
  • Cryosurgery for bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Tumors of the extremity, shoulder girdle, pelvis and sacrum
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Metastatic carcinomas
  • Melanomas of the extremities
  • Musculoskeletal infections
  • Periprosthetic joint infections



  • Chief, Center of Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery



  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Musculoskeletal Infection
  • Joint replacement surgery


Dr Lawrence R Menendez is a full-time, senior member of the Department ofOrthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, where he specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumors of bone and soft tissue. He is one of only a handful of orthopaedic oncologists in Southern California who is experienced in performing complicated limb-sparing surgeries and other orthopaediccancer techniques such as cryosurgery and radiofrequency ablation. Primary musculoskeletal cancers are rare. Dr. Menendez has treated these tumors regularly since 1985 and thus he is highly experienced and qualified to manage patients with these problems. Dr . Menendez uses a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to treatment together with colleagues from medical oncology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, radiology, surgical pathology, occupational and physical therapy and social services and pain management. Over the years, he has developed a special interest in the treatment of tumors of the pelvis and sacrum.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Menendez attended Middlebury College in Vermont and then received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his surgical internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and his orthopaedic surgery residency at New York University Medical Center. After residency Dr. Menendez completed a fellowship in orthopaediconcology at the University of Florida under the direction of Dr, William F Enneking. Dr. Menendez joined the faculty at USC in 1985 after his fellowship.

Dr. Menendez has been involved in clinical research for over twenty seven years and is the author of numerous peer –reviewed research articles, book chapters and presentations. He has been invited to speak at universities both in the United States and abroad.


  • Doctor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine 1979


  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center 1979 – 1980


  • New York University Medical Center 1980 – 1984


  • University of Florida 1984 – 1985

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1987


  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  • Member, Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Member, International Society of Limb Salvage
  • Member, Western Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, American Medical Association


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  • French