Richard Terek, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal oncology and adult reconstructive surgery. A musculoskeletal oncologist cares for patients with tumors in the arms, legs, pelvis or spine. Tumor surgery and reconstructive surgery involve removing the tumor or arthritic joint, and restoring what is removed. Reconstruction is performed with combinations of artificial joints, bone transplants and muscle transfers.
Terek is an expert in the treatment of patients with osteogenic sarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, soft-tissue sarcoma, and metastatic cancer (cancers such as breast, prostate or lung which have spread to the bones). These tumors occur in both children and adults. Treatment sometimes requires radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Experts in pediatric, adult and radiation oncology and pathology work with Terek at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital as part of a multidisciplinary team to cure patients.
Terek is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, The Pediatric Oncology Group, the Rhode Island Clinical Oncology Group, and the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society.
Terek was awarded a fellowship from the American Cancer Society and completed training in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.