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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Robert John Steffner, M.D. View profile as PDF

Robert John Steffner

Philosophy of Care

Collaborative patient care with an emphasis on communication and helping people through difficult times.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Steffner's primary clinical activities include multidiscipline care of bone and soft tissue tumors.  This applies to both benign and malignant conditions in pediatric and adult patients.  Additional interests include high-energy fracture management, revision surgery for fracture, and joint replacement.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Steffner's current research interests include decision-making for patients presenting with unplanned excisions of soft tissue sarcomas, diagnostic imaging criteria for pulmonary metastases, and perioperative pain management.


Assistant Professor
Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology


Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Oncology, Cancer


Orthopaedic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2700
Phone: 916-734-0171

Additional Phone:

Fax: 916-703-5074
Clinic Phone: 800-252-3456
Clinic Referral Phone: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2006
B.A., St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 2001


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2006-11


Orthopaedic Surgery, Trauma, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 2011-12
Orthopaedic Surgery, Oncology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2012-13

Professional Memberships:

Alpha Omega Alpha
AO Trauma
AOA Emerging Leaders Program
Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, Candidate Member
Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Candidate Member

Select Honors and Awards:

Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Chicago, 2011

American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum, 2010

PGY-3 Resident Teaching Award, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2009

Select Recent Publications:

Steffner R, Avedian R, Peabody T. Aneurysmal Bone Cyst. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO). 2009: Accessed May 21, 2009

Steffner RJ and Lee MA. Emerging Concepts in Upper Extremity Trauma: Humeral Shaft Fractures. Ortho Clin Nor Am. 2013 Jan;44(1):21-33

Steffner RJ. Adjuvant Therapy After Intralesional Surgery for Bone Tumors. Audio-Digest Orthopaedics. 2013 May; 36(10)

Steffner RJ, Spiguel AR, Ranieri J, Suk M, Yoo B. Sural Island Flap for Distal Third Soft Tissue Defects of the Lower Extremity. J Wound Care. 2012 Oct;21(10):1-5

Spiguel AR and Steffner RJ. Humeral Shaft Fractures. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2012 Sep;5(3):177-83

Attar S, Steffner RJ, Avedian R, Hussain WH. Surgical Intervention of Nonvertebral Osseous Metastasis. Cancer Control. 2012 Apr 19(2):113-121

Steffner R, Liao C, Stacy G, Atanda A, Attar S, Avedian R, Peabody T. Factors Associated with Recurrence in Primary Aneurysmal Bone Cysts: Is Argon Beam Coagulation an Effective Adjuvant Treatment? JBJS-Am. 2011 Nov 92(21):e1221-1229

To see if Robert John Steffner is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).