David K. Monson, MD

MonsonDavid K. Monson, MD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown, started practicing at Emory in 1988. Dr. Monson is an expert in the treatment of rare tumors (sarcomas of the bone and soft tissue). He and his partner, Shervin V. Oskouei, MD, head The Emory Musculoskeletal Oncology and Limb Reconstruction Center, a world-class center treating a variety of conditions, including benign and malignant tumors of the extremities and spine. Together, they offer a combined 25 years of clinical practice experience. His specialties are Orthopaedic Surgery (Board certified since 1990) and Orthopaedic Oncology. His areas of clinical interest are orthopaedic tumors, sarcoma, and limb reconstruction.

Dr. Monson is intimately involved with the education of future physicians at the medical school, residency, and fellowship level. Combining his experience and interests with the state-of-the-art facilities of Emory University and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University allows Dr. Monson to treat patients with the latest modalities using a multidisciplinary approach.

What makes Dr. Monson a standout?

Dr. Monson's and Dr. Oskouei's practice is the only multipdisciplinary musculosekeletal oncology service in Georgia that serves both children and adults. His focus is on rare tumors, sarcomas of the bone (2,500 cases a year in the U.S.) and soft tissue (10,000 cases a year in the U.S.) as well as other uncommon benign bone and soft tissue tumors. He also treats metastatic disease to the bone from other primary malignancies and often performs complex reconstructive procedures for these disorders not available in the community. The efforts of his practice also extend to complex skeletal reconstructions that may arise from failed orthopaedic procedures performed elsewhere.

He is only one of two fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologists in the state of Georgia (the other is his partner, Dr. Shervin V. Oskouei, MD) that concentrates his practice within his subspecialty. He also performs total hip and total knee replacements, specifically more difficult primary replacements or revisions that may require the skills developed within his practice of musculoskeletal oncology.

Groundbreaking research

He is involved with numerous projects involving musculoskeletal tumors. In collaboration with the Winship Cancer Institute, his team is looking at specific markers to develop drugs against sarcomas and is establishing a database of sarcomas at Emory.

The center is currently involved in numerous basic science and clinical studies, including various phase 1 and phase 2 trials.

Innovative Procedures/Treatments

One of the most exciting arenas in the treatment of pediatric extremity sarcomas is the development of expandable implants. The Emory Musculoskeletal Oncology and Limb Reconstruction Center offers this modality of treatment for its younger patients who are continuing to lengthen their bones. The latest devices allow lengthening of the bone using a noninvasive technique with a simple magnet held against the patient’s leg. He has performed numerous implant reconstructions for midshaft bone loss, which allows salvaging of adjacent joints. This treatment has only recently become available and is performed for a variety of conditions, including tumors, infection, nonunions and metabolic bone disease. The patient’s own joint is preserved.

Practice Specialties include:

  • Extremity Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • General Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Limb Length Discrepancy Correction
  • Treatment of Nonunions

The Road to Emory: Education

Medical School: University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Internship: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinic

Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinic

Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Haywood-Goodspeed Award, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Iowa State University

Professional Memberships

  • The Georgia Orthopaedic Society
  • The Southern Orthopedic Society
  • The Eastern Orthopedic Society
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  • The Connective Tissue Oncology Society
  • The Children's Oncology Group

Major or Recent Publications

  • A comparison of the prognosis for deep and subcutaneous sarcomas of the extremities. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 76A(8)1167-73, 1994.
  • Aboragation of second-set rejection with cyclosporine. Transplantation 36(3)289-93, 1983.
  • Clinical and radiological aspects of idiopathic diabetic muscle infarction. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 81B(2)323-6, 1999.
  • Evaluation of patients for high tibial osteotomy. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (243)157-65, 1989.
  • Pseudosarcoma in Paget disease of the bone. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 71A(3)453-5, 1989.
  • Soft tissue tumors of the foot and ankle. Foot and Ankle 9(1)19-27, 1988.
  • Triple-phase bone scan findings in aggressive fibromatosis. Clinical Nuclear Medicine 19(3)197-203, 1994.


Dr. Monson grew up on a small farm in northern Iowa. His parents encouraged him and his two older siblings to go to college to get an education so they could look forward to careers other than farming. When he advised his parents that he wanted to go to medical school they were silent until his father responded that his son had picked the only career he could think of that required a greater commitment than the farm.

Dr. Monson and his wife, Barbara, have been married more than 20 years and enjoy golf, boating, fishing and exploring the barrier islands along the Georgia coast in their 17' johnboat when at their ‘fish camp' in McIntosh County. They are the proud parents of two 13” beagles, Sadie and Sophie.