L. Daniel Wurtz, M.D.

Clinical Interests: 
Management of patients with benign and malignant extremity tumors and tumor-like conditions.  This management includes both operative and nonoperative treatment.  Operative treatment incorporates contemporary surgical techniques for removal of bone tumors in a variety of locations in upper and lower extremity locations.  Reconstructive techniques include limb sparing surgery using both endoprostheses and allografts.  Both benign and malignant soft tissue extremity tumors are treated with contemporary methods including surgery to obtain wide margins and reconstruction including transposition of muscle flaps.  Metastatic lesions of bone are managed with internal fixation as well as resection and reconstruction for pain control and continued patient ambulation.

Research Interests:
Current research includes design of implants for surgical reconstruction in patients with benign and malignant bone lesions, biologic bone substitutes, investigation of the biology soft tissue attachments to bone, and investigation of imaging techniques to aid in the biopsy and treatment of extremity tumors.   Research cause and mechanism of bone cancer metastases.

Board Certification: 
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Part I, II, III completed 1985
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Part I, 1991 Part II, 1993
Recertification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002

MD: University of South Alabama , Mobile , Alabama

General Surgery Internship, Keesler USAF Medical Center , Biloxi , Mississippi
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center , San Antonio , Texas


Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship, University of Chicago , Chicago , Illinois

Dr. Wurtz is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter .

Honors, Awards and Recognitions:
Indiana University School of Medicine Outstanding Clinical Teacher, Awarded by the Medical Student Class of 2001
Indiana University 2001 Trustees' Teaching Award
Indiana University 2008 Trustee's Teaching Award

Current Academic Appointments:
1997 - Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Appointment Scheduling:
317-944-7372 or Pediatric 317-948-2550

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  1. Wurtz LD , Hanington KR: A second-stage flexor tendon reconstruction after 18 years. J Hand Surg , 16A:711-713, 1991.
  2. Wurtz LD , Lyons FA, Rockwood CA : Fracture of the middle third of the clavicle an dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint. J Bone & Joint Surg, 74A:133-137, 1992.
  3. Lusardi DA, Wirth MA, Wurtz LD , Rockwood CA : Loss of external rotation following anterior capsulorrhaphy of the shoulder. J Bone & Joint Surg , 75A:1185-1192, 1993.
  4. Wurtz LD , Peabody TD, Simon MA: Delay in the diagnosis of primary bone sarcomas of the pelvis. J Bone & Joint Surg, 81-A, 317-325, 1999.
  5. Billings S, Wurtz LD , Henley J: Occult bone sarcomas of the femoral head. J Bone & Joint Surg. 82-A, 1536, 2000.
  6. Les KA, Nicholas RW, Rougraff BT, Wurtz LD , Vogelzang NJ, Simon MA, Peabody TD: Local progression and survival after operative resection of skeletal metastases from kidney cancer. Clin Orthop. 2001.
  7. Noonan KJ, Feinberg JR, Levenda A, Snead J, Wurtz LD : Natural History of Multiple Hereditary Osteochondromatosis of the Lower Extremity and Ankle. J Ped Orthop. 22, 120-124, 2002.
  8. Wurtz LD , Feinberg JR, Capello WN, Meldrum R, Kay PJ: Elective Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty in Octogenarians. J Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Feb 2003.
  9. Meldrum R, Wurtz LD, Feinberg JR, Capello WN: Effect of Smoking on Implant Survival in Total Hip
  10. Benns M, Dalsing M, Sawchuck A, Wurtz LD: Soft tissue sarcomas may present with deep vein thrombosis, J Vasc Surg. 43, 788-93, 2006 

    Book Chapters 

    Wurtz LD , Yaw KM: Shoulder and Arm - Tumors/Amputation, in Herndon JH(ed): RECONSTRUCTION OF THE UPPER EXTREMITY Stamford , CT , Appleton & Lange 1999.

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