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Jonathan Agner Forsberg, M.D., Ph.D.

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Expertise: Bone Sarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Ewing's Sarcoma, Metastatic Bone Disease, Musculoskeletal Tumors Involving the Extremities, Orthopaedic Surgery, Osseointegration Amputation Surgery, Osteosarcoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma more

Research Interests: Precision Medicine; Orthopaedic Oncology; Machine Learning; Osseointegration

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Sibley Memorial Hospital
Appointment Phone: 202-660-7511

5255 Loughboro Road NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20016 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Jonathan A. Forsberg is an orthopaedic oncologist at Sibley Memorial Hospital and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the treatment of children and adults with bone and soft tissue sarcomas, a rare group of cancers. In addition, Dr. Forsberg has considerable expertise in the management of metastatic bone disease, as well as blast- and other combat-related wounds.

Dr. Forsberg is also an active researcher interested in precision medicine. He is a regular contributor and guest editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, the specialty's premier peer-reviewed journal. 

Besides seeing patients and conducting research at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Forsberg is also affiliated with several other institutions. He is a consultant for the National Cancer Institute, Murtha Cancer Center on the Walter Reed Campus in Bethesda, Director of the Department of Defense Osseointegration Program, Professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Helbert School of Medicine and a US Navy Commander. more

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2001)


  • National Naval Medical Center / Orthopaedic Surgery (2007)


  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery (2009)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Forsberg is the principle investigator on numerous clinical research protocols, including an international cancer registry and two FDA-regulated clinical trials. His research is focused on applying precision medicine to oncologic surgery by using machine-learning approaches and developing next-generation osseointegration techniques for patients with amputations.

Clinical Trials

Selected Publications

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Davis EL Sonnet C, Lazard ZW, Henslee G, Gugala Z, Salisbury EA, Strecker EV, Davis TA, Forsberg JA, Davis AR, *Olmsted-Davis EA, Location-dependent heterotopic ossification in the rat model: The role of activated matrix metalloproteinase, J Orthop Res. 2016 March.

Pavey GJ, Qureshi AT, Tomasino AM, Honnold CL, Bishop DK, Agarwal S, Loder S, Levi B, Pacifici M, Iwamoto M, Potter BK, *Davis TA, Forsberg JA, Targeted stimulation of retinoic acid receptor-γ mitigates the formation of heterotopic ossification in an established blast-related traumatic injury model. Bone. 2016 Jun 28;90:159-167.

Forsberg JA, Potter BK, Wagner MB, Vickers A, Dente CJ, Kirk AD, *Elster EA. Lessons of war: Turning data into decisions, EBioMedicine. 2015 Jul 17;2(9):1235-42.

Forsberg JA, Brown TS, Potter BK, Basic Science of War Wounds. In Owens BD, Belmont P Jr. ed. Combat Orthopedic Surgery: Lessons Learned in Iraq and Afghanistan (2011) 83-90.

Forsberg JA, Editorial: Orthopaedic research after a decade of war. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Sep;473(9):2769-70.


Method for the analysis of progression of heterotopic ossification by Raman Spectroscopy
Patent # US 20150182119 A1 | 07/02/2015

Analysis is by determination of a number of Raman spectral parameters including the area under one or more of the vibrational bands, band area ratios, band height, ratios of band heights and shift in band center.

Bayesian clinical decision model for determining probability of transplant glomerulopathy
Patent # US 8510245 B2 | 08/13/2013

An embodiment of the invention provides a method for determining a patient-specific probability of transplant glomerulopathy.

Activities & Honors


  • Distinguished Service, Team Award, Defense Health Agency, 2014
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor, National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations


  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS), 2010
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Osseointegration Society (OSOS), 2010
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), 2013
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2013
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS), 2015

Professional Activities

  • Guest Editor, Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances, 2011 - 2011
  • Guest Editor, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2015 - 2015

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Heterotopic Ossification in Combat Wounds
    oral presentation , Houston TX (09/14/2014)
    American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • The PATHFx project: Decision analysis and Bayesian estimation of survival
    oral presentation , Update on Bone Metastases , Rome Italy (04/15/2016)
    Biblioteca Angelica
  • Combat Related Amputations
    oral presentation , Orthopaedic Grand Rounds , Stockholm, Sweden (09/12/2012)
    Karolinska University Hospital

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Day in Life of an Orthopaedic Oncologist and Navy Commander Jonathan Forsberg, Medicine + the Military (September 2015)

Soldier Blown Apart by War Stages Stirring Comeback, USA Today (December 2013)

Researchers Identify Model to Predict Successful Wound Healing, Science Daily (July 2015)

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