Research & Innovation

The physicians that make up the bone and soft tissue tumors program at Stanford Children’s Health are leaders in developing the most up-to-date surgical treatments for musculoskeletal tumors. Because of this, our patients may have access to clinical trials that provide cutting-edge care not yet available to the rest of the population.

This also means that your child will receive individualized treatment from some of the most innovative and creative professionals in the field. Robert Steffner, MD, has published papers on topics such as benign bone tumors and limb-salvage techniques, Raffi S. Avedian, MD, has researched and published on topics ranging from bone sarcomas to best practices in using imaging technology, and Serena Hu, MD, has published widely on innovative spinal surgery techniques.

Our team also uses the latest technology to treat bone and soft tissue tumors. For example, our physicians were the first to use high-frequency focused ultrasound (HIFU) on pediatric desmoid tumors, a type of benign tumor. HIFU can focus sound waves from an ultrasound on a single location like a tumor to kill just the tumor while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue.