Our Founder: Richard J. O’Donnell, M.D


Richard J. O’Donnell, M.D. founded the Orthopaedic Surgical Osseointegration Society (OSOS) in 2006. The Society was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable public benefit organization. This non-profit academic group seeks to facilitate communication amongst physicians and scientists regarding advances in basic and clinical applications of the principles of orthopaedic osseointegration. Through the friendship and collaboration of President Rickard Brånemark, M.D., M.S.C., Ph.D., and other Board Members, Dr. O’Donnell plans to establish the OSOS as the internationally-recognized leader in promoting osseointegration knowledge and research.

Dr. O’Donnell is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Training Program. After completing an Advanced Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of Washington in 1996, Dr. O’Donnell joined the Permanente Medical Group as Chief of Musculoskeletal Oncology. In 1998, he became a Faculty member at the University of California San Francisco, and was named Chief of the Orthopaedic Oncology Service in 2002.

Now a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. O’Donnell directs the UCSF Sarcoma Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. O’Donnell resides in Northern California with his son, Richard, and wife, Ann Marie Gorczyca, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S., who share his interest in multidisciplinary applications of ossoeintegration science and technology.

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