Physician’s Profile

Wakenda K. Tyler, MD, MPH

Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Chief, Orthopedic Oncology Service

Wakenda K. Tyler, MD, MPH specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the bones and soft tissues in patients of all ages. As a musculoskeletal oncologist, Dr. Tyler’s practice is focused on the non-operative and operative management of primary soft tissue and bone cancers, sarcomas, and metastatic bone cancer. Dr. Tyler’s goal is to provide compassionate surgical care that achieves cure of cancer whenever possible by leveraging the latest advances in non-operative management, minimally invasive, and reconstructive surgical techniques. When cure is not possible she strives to achieve pain control and improve function as best as possible for every patient.

Dr. Tyler earned her medical degree from The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she also received a masters degree in public health. She went on to completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Following her residency training, Dr. Tyler completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

As an active physician scientist, Dr. Tyler’s research interests overlap with her clinical practice and center around the treatment of patients with bone and soft tissue tumors and conditions that lead to osteolysis (bone destruction as a result of implant wear and loosening or presence of a tumor). She has written medical journal articles on several bone diseases, the effectiveness of medication in penetrating to the site of bone grafts, and the strength of the bone and prosthesis union.

Board Certificates
Orthopedic Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Tumors
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Bone and Joint Infections
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Abnormalities
  • Bone Diseases
  • Bone Tumor
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Orthopedic Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Ewing's Sarcoma