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Bone and Cartilage Regeneration

About Dr. Bukata

Susan Bukata, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego. She is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating diseases and injuries that affect bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. She is internationally recognized for her work on bone fragility disorders, which range from osteoporosis to rare genetic bone disease. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on fracture healing and developing ways to help patients heal faster, without additional surgical intervention.

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Susan V. Bukata, Jean-Yves Blay, Piotr Rutkowski, Keith Skubitz, Robert Henshaw, Leanne Seeger, Tian Dai, Danielle Jandial, Sant Chawla Denosumab Treatment for Giant Cell Tumor of the Spine Including the Sacrum Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2021 Mar 1; 46(5): 277–284. Published online 2020 Oct 8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003728
Alexander Upfill‐Brown, Susan Bukata, Nicholas M Bernthal, Alan L Felsenfeld, Scott D Nelson, Arun Singh, Katherine Wesseling‐Perry, Fritz C Eilber, Noah C Federman Use of Denosumab in Children With Osteoclast Bone Dysplasias: Report of Three Cases JBMR Plus2019 Oct; 3(10): e10210. Published online 2019 Aug 22. doi: 10.1002/jbm4.10210
Nicholas Giustini, Nicholas M. Bernthal, Susan V. Bukata, Arun S. Singh Tenosynovial giant cell tumor: case report of a patient effectively treated with pexidartinib (PLX3397) and review of the literature Clin Sarcoma Res2018; 8: 14. Published online 2018 Jul 10. doi: 10.1186/s13569-018-0101-2


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Susan Bukata, M.D.


Susan Bukata, M.D. 
Chair, Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0863
La Jolla, CA 92093-0863

Office: (858) 657-7173
Fax: (858) 822-3807
Web: UCSD Research Profile