Jonathan Forsberg

Jonathan Forsberg

Jonathan Forsberg

Name: Jonathan A. Forsberg, MD, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Surgery
Position: USU Faculty

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Office Phone: (301) 319-9788





USU - Walter Reed Department of Surgery


Orthoapedic Oncology

Clinical Interests

Orthopaedic Oncology


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Medical Education

MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Internship, National Naval Medical Center
Residency, National Naval Medicine Center
Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

Insurances Accepted




1997: United States Naval Academy
2001: Uniformed Services Univeristy of the Health Sciences


2002: Internship, National Naval Medicine Center
2007: Residency, National Naval Medicine Center
2009: Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Camp Ramadi, Iraq, Forward Surgical Team
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Naval Medical Research Center

Dr. Forsberg is the Department Head for Regenerative Medicine at the Naval Medical Research Center, the Director of the Department of Defense Osseointegration Program, the Associate Director of the Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i), and maintains a busy orthopaedic oncology practice at the Murtha Cancer Center and National Cancer Institute in Bethesda.  His research efforts are geared toward applying personalized medicine to extremity surgery using advanced bioinformatics approaches.  He developed the first validated model to help guide the surgical treatment of metastatic long bone disease.  Using similar techniques, he furthered our understanding of the complex relationships between variables in the treatment of soft tissue and bone sarcomas of the extremities.  His military-specific research includes the characterization and prevention of combat-related heterotopic ossification, and developing next-generation osseointegration techniques for patients with amputations.  


- Osseointegration
- Heterotopic Ossification
- Clinical Bioinformatics


1.Forsberg JA, Editorial:  Orthopaedic research after a decade of war.  Clin Orthop Relat Res, [in press]

2.Forsberg JA, Davis TA, Elster EA, Gimble JM, Burned to the bone. Sci. Transl. Med. 2014 6 (255) 255fs38.

3.Forsberg JA, Potter BK, Polfer EM, Safford S, Elster EA, Do inflammatory markers portend heterotopic ossification and wound failure in combat wounds? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Sep;472(9):2845-54.

4.Forsberg JA, Sjoberg D, Chen QR, Vickers A, Healey JH, Treating Metastatic Disease: Which Survival Model Is Best Suited for the Clinic?  Clin Orthop Rel Res, 2013 471:3 843-850.

5.Forsberg JA, Healey JH, Brennan, MF, A probabilistic analysis of completely excised high-grade soft tissue sarcomas of the extremity:  an application of a Bayesian belief network, Ann Surg Oncol 2012; 19(9):2992-3001.

6.Forsberg JA, Eberhardt J, Boland PJ, Wedin R, Healey JH, Estimating Survival in Patients with Operable Skeletal Metastases: An Application of a Bayesian Belief Network, PLoS ONE 2011;6(5):e19956.

7.Forsberg JA, Pepek JM, Wagner S, Wilson K, Flint J, Andersen RC, Tadaki D, Gage FA, Stojadinovic A, Elster EA, Heterotopic ossification in high-energy wartime extremity injuries, prevalence and risk factors.  J Bone Joint Surg Am.  2009;91(5):1084-1091.

8.Forsberg JA, Elster EA, Andersen RC, Nylen E, Brown TS, Rose MW, Stojadinovic A, Becker KL, McGuigan FX, Correlation of procalcitonin and cytokine expression with wound dehiscence in wartime extremity injuries. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Mar;90(3):580-8.

9.Polfer EM, Hope DN, Elster EA, Qureshi AT, Davis TA, Golden D, Potter BK, Forsberg JA, The development of a rat model to investigate the formation of blast-related post-traumatic heterotopic ossification.  Bone Joint J. 2015 Apr;97-B(4):572-6.

10.Alfieri KA, Potter BK, Davis TA, Wagner MB, Elster EA, Forsberg JA, Preventing heterotopic ossification in combat casualties—Which models are best suited for clinical use?  Clin Orthop Relat Res 2015 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]

View Dr. Forsberg's other publications on PubMed

Contact Information

Walter Reed NMMC
8901 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20889
Phone: (301) 319-9788