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Graduate Studies Faculty

Timothy A Damron, MD

Timothy A Damron, MD
Appointed 07/01/94
Women's Health Network
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
6620 Fly Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057

315 464-4472

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown
  • Community

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Orthopedic Surgery: Joint Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology
  • Upstate Cancer Center: Melanoma Treatment, Orthopedics
  • Women's Health Network: Urgent/After Hours Care, Women's Bone Health/Orthopedic Surgery

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Cancer Research Program
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physiology Program


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, 1994
  • Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, 1993
  • MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1988

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric and adult bone and soft-tissue tumors, Synovial proliferation disorders (PVNs, synovial chondromatosis), Metastatic disease to bone, Joint reconstructive surgery

Research Interests

  • Radioprotectant strategies: pediatric growth plate. Treatment of Fractures in Pathology Bone, Reconstructive Alternatives: Limb-Sparing Sarcoma Surgery, Genetics of Pagetoid Osteosarcoma

Clinical Trials

  • A Prospective, Post-market, Multi-Center Study of the Outcomes of the Triathlon® Total Stabilizer (TS) Total Knee System
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  • A Randomized Trial to Assess Patient Quality of Life and Function after Alternative Surgeries for Pathologic Fractures of the Femur
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  • A Study to Assess the Utility of MDM2/CDK4 Immunohistochemistry of a Tru-Cut Biopsy to Differentiate Between Benign Lipomas and Atypical Lipomatous Tumor/Well-Differentiated Liposarcoma (“ALT/WDLS”)
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  • American Joint Replacement Registry Quality Improvement Project
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  • Prophylactic Antibiotic Regimens in Tumor Surgery (PARITY): A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Study Comparing Alternative Antibiotic Regimens in Patients Undergoing Tumor Resections with Endoprosthetic Replacements
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  • Prospective Evaluation of Abscopal Radiation Effects on Regional and Distant Bone
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Specialties & Certification

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Oncology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Adult Lymphoma
  • Arthritis
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Benign Soft-Tissue Masses
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Infection
  • Broken Ankle
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Collarbone
  • Broken Elbow
  • Broken Finger
  • Broken Leg
  • Broken Toe
  • Broken Wrist
  • Bruised Hip
  • Bursitis
  • Childhood Cancers
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing Tumor
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Head and Neck Tumors and Masses
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Infections of Bones and Joints
  • Knee Cartilage Tear
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Deformities
  • Malignant Bone Tumors
  • Malignant Soft-Tissue Tumors
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Bone Disease
  • Metastatic Soft-Tissue Disease
  • Neuro-Oncology Cancers
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paget's Disease of Bone
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis (PVNS)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoma
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Simple Bone Cysts
  • Skin or Soft Tissue Abscess
  • Skin/Soft Tissue Infections
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Soft-Tissue Sarcomas
  • Stress Fractures
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Trauma


  • Adults and Children


  • Axillary Node Dissection
  • Benign and Malignant Tumor Surgery
  • Biopsy of Bone Lesions
  • Biopsy of Soft-Tissue Masses
  • Bone Grafting
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Bone Sarcoma Surgery
  • Clinical Trials
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Curettage of Bone Lesions
  • Debridement
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Excision of Bone Lesions
  • Excision of Soft-Tissue Masses
  • Fracture Treatment of Ankle
  • Fracture Treatment of Arm
  • Fracture Treatment of Clavicle
  • Fracture Treatment of Elbow
  • Fracture Treatment of Femur
  • Fracture Treatment of Foot
  • Fracture Treatment of Hand
  • Fracture Treatment of Hip
  • Fracture Treatment of Patella
  • Fracture Treatment of Shoulder
  • Fracture Treatment of Spine
  • Fracture Treatment of Tibia
  • Fracture Treatment of Wrist
  • Hardware Removal
  • Hip Revision
  • Inguinal Node Dissection
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Revision
  • MR Imaging
  • Mako Partial Knee Replacement
  • Mako Total Hip Replacement
  • Mako Total Knee Replacement
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopaedic (Musculoskeletal) Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Bursa Injection
  • Soft-Tissue Sarcoma Surgery
  • Steroid Injections
  • Swift Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Synovectomy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Trauma Care
  • Tru-Cut Core Biopsy in Office
  • Wound Care
  • X-Ray

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital

Web Resources


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Growth plate and bone radioprotection and radiorecovery

Our laboratory has been funded continuously by the NIH since 2000 for our work evaluating the mechanisms of damaging effects of irradiation on bone growth.  Most recently, the focus has been on selective stimulation of radiorecovery pathways.  This work involves in vitro and in vivo work with histomorphometric, immunohistochemical, and molecular evaluation at the RNA and protein level.  This area of research is relevant to children being treated for bone and soft-tissue sarcomas.


Utilizing both in vitro and in vivo work including an orthotopic intraosseous osteosarcoma injection model, differential expression of genes and pathways  related to metastatic potential are being evaluated.

Chemotherapy related osteoporosis

Our laboratory has established the high prevalence of premature low bone mineral density in young adults following chemotherapy for pediatric malignancies, including bone and soft-tissue sarcomas. However, the specific mechanisms of this adverse outcome have not been elucidated. Furthermore, the precise role of specific novel agents in the simultaneous treatment of osteosarcoma and low bone mineral density has yet to be explored, leaving room for exploration and development of new treatments.

Radiation associated fractures

Building upon our extensive experience exploring the damaging effects of irradiation treatments on growth plate function in pediatric patients with malignant bone and soft-tissue tumors, an in vivo nude mouse model has been established to evaluate the more common problem of fracture following bone irradiation.  This problem spans numerous specialties, including gynecologic oncology, where pelvic irradiation frequently leads to pelvic stress fractures, as well as pediatric oncology, adult oncology, radiation oncology, and orthopedics. 

Selected references (please refer to PubMed link for complete list)

Arrington S, Damron TA, Mann KA, Allen MJ.  Concurrent administration of zoledronic zcid and irradiation leads to improved bone density, microarchitecture and biomechanical strength in a mouse model of tumor-induced osteolysis.  Accepted for publication in J Surg Oncol, November 2007.

Arrington SA, Schoonmaker JE, Damron TA, Mann KA, Allen MJ.  Temporal changes in bone mass and mechanical properties in a murine model of tumor osteolysis.  Bone 2006 Mar;38(3):359-67. 2005 Nov 5 [Epub ahead of print].

Damron TA, Horton J,  Naqvi A, Loomis RM, Margulies BS, Strauss JA,  CE Farnum, Spadaro JA.  Combination radioprotectants maintain chondrocyte proliferation better than single agents by decreasing early parathyroid hormone related protein changes after growth plate irradiation.  Radiation Research 2006 Mar;265(3):350-8. 

Damron TA, Ward WG, Stewart A. Osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and Ewings sarcoma: National Cancer Database Report.  Clin Orthop Relat Res [Epub ahead of print 2007 Mar 22] 459:40-47, 2007.

Horton JA, Bariteau JT, Loomis RM, Strauss JA, Damron TA. Ontogeny of skeletal maturation in the juvenile rat.  Anat Rec.2008 Mar;291(3):283-92.

Horton JA, Margulies BS, Strauss JA, Bariteau JT, Damron TA, Spadaro JA, Farnum CE. Restoration of growth plate function following radiotherapy is driven by increased proliferative and synthetic activity of expansions of chondrocytic clones.  J Orthop Res [Epub ahead of print 2006 Aug 17] 2006 Oct;24(10):1945-56.

Margulies BS, Horton JA, Wang Y, Damron TA, Allen MJ.  Effects of radiation therapy on chondrocytes in vitro.  Calcif Tissue Int. 2006 May;78(5):302-13. Epub 2006 May 9.

Spadaro JA, Damron TA, Horton JA, Margulies BS, Murray GM, Clemente DA, Strauss JA.  Density and structural changes in the bone of growing rats after weekly alendronate administration with and without a methotrexate challenge.  J Orthop Res. 2006 May;24(5):936-44.

Spadaro JA, Horton JA, Margulies BS, Strauss JA, Farnum CE, Damron TA.  Radioprotectant combinations spare radiation-induced damage to the physis more than fractionation alone.  International Journal of Radiation Biology, 2005 Oct;81(10):759-65.

Wang Y, Zhang M, Middleton FA, Horton JA, Pritchard M, Spadaro JA, Farnum CE, Damron TA. Connective tissue growth factor and insulin-like growth factor 2 show upregulation in early growth plate radiorecovery response following irradiation.  Cells Tissues Organs. 2007;186(3):192-203. Epub 2007 Jul 12.

Zhang M, Wang Y, Middleton FA, Horton JA, Farnum CE, Damron TA.  Growth plate zonal microarray analysis shows upregulation of extracellular matrix genes and down-regulation of metalloproteinsaes and cathepsins following irradiation.  Connective Tissue International [Epub ahead of print 5 Jun 2007].

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