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William Webster Tomford, MD

  • Hip and Knee Replacement Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Former Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


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Dr. Tomford is an accomplished surgeon and a leading authority on musculoskeletal tissue banking.



Clinical Interests
  • Allografts
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthritis surgery
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Bone and tissue bank
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Minimally invasive surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. William Tomford earned his BA from the University of North Carolina and his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital in general surgery and graduated from the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. Following his residency, he was a Scientific Investigator and Director of the U.S. Navy Tissue Bank at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

Following his work at the Navy Medical Research Institute, Dr. Tomford became a faculty member at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also was appointed as Director of the then-newly formed MGH Bone Bank. Dr. Tomford developed the clinical program at MGH in bone banking and transplantation. He has worked with the American Association of Tissue Banks to develop standards for banking bone and other musculoskeletal tissues. Dr. Tomford authored a book on tissue banking that is used nationally and internationally by those interested in the banking and transplantation of allografts in orthopaedics.

Dr. Tomford's clinical practice focuses on hip and knee replacement surgery.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Tomford's research interests are in musculoskeletal tissue banking. As the Director, the MGH Bone Bank has provided more than 3,000 allografts to surgeons at MGH. Each of these grafts can be traced from donors to recipients, and records are maintained on over 600 donors.

Dr. Tomford is considered an authority on musculoskeletal tissue banking. He has written a textbook on the subject, and continues to do research and to lecture throughout the world on orthopaedic allografts. Additionally, Dr. Tomford has helped start and/or served as a consultant to bone banks in Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Israel, Italy, Norway, Brazil and Spain as well as numerous bone banks in the US.


Select Publications:

Lewandrowski KU, Hile DD, Thompson BM, Wise DL, Tomford WW, Trantolo DJ. Quantitative measures of osteoinductivity of a porous poly(propylene fumarate) bone graft extender. Tissue Eng. 2003 Feb;9(1):85-93.

Lewandrowski KU, Bondre S, Hile DD, Thompson BM, Wise DL, Tomford WW, Trantolo DJ. Porous poly(propylene fumarate) foam coating of orthotopic cortical bone grafts for improved osteoconduction. Tissue Eng. 2002 Dec;8(6):1017-27.

Fox EJ, Hau MA, Gebhardt MC, Hornicek FJ, Tomford WW, Mankin HJ. Long-term followup of proximal femoral allografts. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2002 Apr;(397):106-13.

Lewandrowski KU, Schollmeier G, Ekkemkamp A, Uhthoff HK, Tomford WW. Incorporation of perforated and demineralized cortical bone allografts. Part II: A mechanical and histologic evaluation. Biomed Mater Eng. 2001;11(3):209-19.

Lewandrowski KU, Schollmeier G, Ekkemkamp A, Uhthoff HK, Tomford WW. Incorporation of perforated and demineralized cortical bone allografts. Part I: radiographic and histologic evaluation. Biomed Mater Eng. 2001;11(3):197-207.

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Boston MA, 02114-2696
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