Albert J. Aboulafia, MD| Orthopedic Oncology | MedStar Health

Albert J. Aboulafia, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (511 reviews)

Specialities: Orthopedic Oncology

Languages: Spanish, Hebrew, English

(443) 777-8405

About me

Albert Aboulafia, MD, is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the clinical and research aspects of cancer care, who serves as MedStar Health’s medical director of cancer services in the Baltimore Region. Additionally, Dr. Aboulafia leads the Division of Orthopaedic Oncology for both MedStar Health Cancer Network and MedStar Orthopaedics.

Dr. Aboulafia specializes in the care and treatment of adult and pediatric patients with benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors. As a surgeon treating patients, he is active in academics, publications, editorial boards, research, teaching, and national and international speaking engagements. He also serves in various national leadership positions within the field of orthopaedic oncology.

Dr. Aboulafia values collaboration with his colleagues to optimize care and outcomes for his patients. He advocates for MedStar Health’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, leading and participating in tumor board conferences each week where patient cases are presented and the most ideal plan of care is determined, for each. He strives to remain at the forefront in providing the best care possible to patients through continued education, leadership, and collaboration.

Dr. Aboulafia has earned numerous prestigious accolades throughout his career. He has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Time. Additionally, Baltimore magazine has repeatedly named him in their annual Top Doctors issue, consecutively since 2016. Dr. Aboulafia has been recognized for his commitment to volunteer work and received a Certificate of Appreciation and Medal from the Maryland Board of Physicians, the Governor of the State of Maryland, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) in Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina. His work in Haiti following Hurricane Katrina he was recognized by the Institute for Global Health and Development, applauding his leadership role with Project Medishare. Dr. Aboulafia was the inaugural recipient of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Achievement Award, where he served as a Fellow and mentor for the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program. He also received distinguished service recognition for work he has done with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Aboulafia speaks conversational Spanish.

Dr. Aboulafia’s Philosophy of Care

“When patients are diagnosed with cancer, they go through a lot – physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why we are so committed to a holistic approach to care here at MedStar Health. We offer the full spectrum of services a patient will need, from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship. Our team guides patients every step of the way, with focus on top quality care and personalized medicine.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Bone Cancer Surgery
  • Bone Sarcoma
  • Brown Tumor
  • Ewings Sarcoma
  • Metastatic Bone Disease
  • Pathological Fracture
  • Skeletal Metastasis
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adamantinoma
  • Benign Neoplasm Bone
  • Bone Cyst
  • Bone Mass
  • Bone Sarcoma
  • Bone Tumor
  • Brown Tumor
  • Chondroma
  • Chondromyxoid Fibroma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Ewings Sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Fibrous Cortical Defect
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Giant Cell Tumor Of The Bone
  • Histiocytosis Of Bone
  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH)
  • Malignant Lymphomas Of Bone
  • Metastatic Bone Disease
  • Multiple Enchondromatosis
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non Ossifying Fibroma
  • Osteoblastoma
  • Osteochondroma
  • Osteoid Osteoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Fracture
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Skeletal Metastasis
  • Spine Mets
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Procedures I perform

  • Bone Allograft
  • Bone Autograft
  • Bone Cancer Surgery
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Practice locations

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9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 2300
Baltimore, MD, 21237


Fax 443-777-6311

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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus



Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (1991)

Residency Program: University of Southern California Medical Center (1990)

Internship Program: Los Angeles County/University of Southern CA (1986)

Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine (1985)


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award
  • Top Doctor, US News and World Report 2010 and 2011
  • Baltimore Magazine, Top Doc, 2010-2011, 2014, 2016-2020

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Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Jun 30, 2022


  • Jun 16, 2022

    Dr. Aboulafia explained everything thoroughly and was very kind and caring.

  • May 26, 2022

    Great experience.