The comprehensive team of dedicated clinicians and health care professionals in orthopedic cancer and bone transplant covers many specialty areas. It includes board-certified physicians, surgeons, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthopedic technologists, registered nurses, cast room and imaging technologists, certified athletic trainers and medical assistants as well as a fellowship program. The team is available to provide immediate and comprehensive care while supporting you throughout your treatment and rehabilitation.
Steven Gitelis, MD
Orthopedic oncologist Steven Gitelis, MD, is an internationally known expert and pioneer in limb-sparing surgical procedures. He is also known for launching Chicago's first bone transplant program at Rush and for performing the first successful transplant of live cartilage in Chicago.
Gitelis is director of the Section of Orthopedic Oncology and associate chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush. A professor at Rush Medical College, he holds the Rush University Orthopedic Oncology Chair. He is also director of the Rush Center for Limb Preservation.
His activities outside the medical center include directing the Bone and Tissue Bank of the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois (ROBI) and serving as a ROBI trustee. He also is past president of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.
Gitelis completed fellowships in orthopedic oncology with Professor Mario Campanacci, Rizzoli Institute, Bologna, Italy, and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He served in the U.S. Navy and served active duty at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91. He received a 1993 Navy Commendation medal.
He is the 1990 award recipient of the American Orthopedic Association and a Rush Medical College Distinguished Alumnus (2000). A diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (99th percentile), Gitelis has presented extensively and been published nationally and internationally.
Patricia A. Piasecki, MSN, ONC
Patty Piasecki has been the clinical coordinator of the orthopedic cancer and transplants program since 1984 and is certified by the Orthopaedic Certification Board. She is an assistant professor of the Rush College of Nursing and has served as the clinical coordinator of the Bone and Tissue Bank of the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, Chicago, since 1989. A member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses and the American Association of Tissue Banks, Piasecki holds a master's degree from the Rush University College of Nursing and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University. She has made many presentations across the country and is extensively published on a range of orthopedic oncology topics, including bone grafts and bone banking.