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Joseph H. Schwab, MD

  • Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon & Orthopaedic Oncology Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Schwab combines his spine surgery and oncology training with his research interests in tumors and degenerative conditions of the spine. He provides excellent patient care today and wants to use research to improve patient treatment in the future.



Clinical Interests
  • Adult and pediatric spinal tumors
  • Adult and pediatric bone tumors
  • Metastatic tumors to bone (including spine and extremities)
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Spine fractures
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Adult scoliosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
Medical Education
  • MD, Chicago Medical School
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery|Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Foxborough: Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place
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 - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • 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
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Schwab is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who received his residency training from the Mayo Clinic where he was awarded the P.J. Kelly award for outstanding basic science research. He has sub-specialty fellowship training in spine surgery from The Hospital for Special Surgery and orthopaedic oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Schwab earned a BA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio majoring in Religion. He earned his MD from Chicago Medical School where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, as well as a Master's degree in Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Schwab recently earned his second Master's degree from Harvard/MIT School of Health sciences and Technology as part of the Clinical Investigator Training Program (CITP). The program is designed to train young investigators in the science of translational research and clinical trials.

Dr. Schwab plans on utilizing his CITP training to conduct clinical trials in his areas of clinical interest. He has an active practice that includes the management of benign and malignant bone tumors as well as maladies of the spine such as cervical spinal stenosis, cervical myelopathy, lumbar steonsis, lumbar spondylolisthesis, herniated discs and adult scoliosis.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Schwab has an active practice that includes the management of benign and malignant bone tumors as well as maladies of the spine such as cervical spinal stenosis, cervical myelopathy, lumbar steonsis, lumbar spondylolisthesis, herniated discs and adult scoliosis.


Select Publications:

Devisetty K, Kobayashi W, Suit HD, Goldberg SI, Niemierko A, Chen YL, Raskin KA, Schwab JH, Springfield DS, Yoon SS, Hornicek FJ, Delaney TF. Low-Dose Neoadjuvant External Beam Radiation Therapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Sep 21.

Schoenfeld AJ, Hornicek FJ, Pedlow FX, Kobayashi W, Garcia RT, DeLaney TF, Springfield D, Mankin HJ, Schwab JH. Osteosarcoma of the spine: experience in 26 patients treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Spine J. 2010 Aug;10(8):708-14.

Kim B, Chen YL, Kirsch DG, Goldberg SI, Kobayashi W, Hyun Kung J, Wolfgang JA, Doppke K, Rosenberg AE, Nielsen GP, Raskin KA, Springfield DS, Schwab JH, Gebhardt MC, Yoon SS, Hornicek FJ, Delaney TF. An Effective Preoperative Three-Dimensional Radiotherapy Target Volume for Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma and the Effect of Margin Width on Local Control. Int J Radiati Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 July 1;77(3):843-50.

Wang X, Wang Y, Yu L, Sakakura K, Visus C, Schwab JH, Ferrone CR, Favoino E, Koya Y, Campoli MR, McCarthy JB, DeLeo AB, Ferrone S. CSPG4 in cancer; multiple roles. Curr Mol Med 2010 Jun;10(4): 419-29.

Yang C, Hornicek FJ, Wood KB, Schwab JH, Choy E, Iafrate J, Rosenberg A, Nielsen GP, Xavier RJ, Mankin H, Duan Z. "Characterization and analysis of human chordoma cell lines." Spine 2010 Jun 1;35(13):1257-64.

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News & Events

  • 4th Annual Sacral Tumor Study Group Conference

    The 4th Annual Sacral Tumor Study Group Conference, a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, took place on January 19, 2013.



Orthopaedic Spine Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-8636
Fax: 617-726-7587

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