Mohammed Karim, M.D.

  1. Oncologist
  2. Orthopedic Surgeon

S. Mohammed Karim, M.D., is an orthopedic oncologist and spine surgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with tumors/cancer. His clinical practice includes:

  • Surgery with curative intent for primary bone and soft tissue tumors (sarcomas) in the spine, sacrum, pelvis, and extremities
  • Surgery for spinal cord compression and spinal instability from primary and metastatic tumors
  • Palliative surgery for metastatic tumors in the spine, sacrum, pelvis, and extremities
  • Surgical treatment of pathologic fractures and impending fractures from metastatic bone disease
  • Working closely with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, and other surgical sub-specialists at Mayo Clinic to provide the best care possible to each patient
  • Surgical treatment of degenerative spine conditions (cervical myelopathy, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis), spinal trauma, spinal cord injuries, and spinal infections

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Karim has a keen interest in education and enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows both in and out of the operating room. Dr. Karim also conducts clinical research to improve the outcomes of patients with musculoskeletal and spinal tumors. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.

  1. Bone cancer
  2. Bone metastasis
  3. Cancer
  4. Cancer of unknown origin
  5. Chondrosarcoma
  6. Chordoma
  7. Metastatic breast cancer
  8. Metastatic colorectal cancer
  9. Metastatic melanoma
  10. Osteosarcoma
  11. Pathologic fracture
  12. Pelvic bone tumor
  13. Pelvic sarcoma
  14. Sarcoma
  15. Soft tissue sarcoma
  16. Soft tissue tumor
  17. Spinal abscess
  18. Spinal cord injury
  19. Spinal fracture
  20. Spinal metastasis
  21. Spinal stenosis
  22. Spinal tumor
  23. Spondyloarthritis
  24. Spondylolisthesis
  25. Spondylolysis
  26. Spondylosis
  27. Spondylotic myelopathy
  28. Tumors and masses
  1. Amputation
  2. Bone biopsy
  3. Bone metastasis surgery
  4. Cancer treatment
  5. Fracture treatment
  6. Hemipelvectomy
  7. Limb salvage surgery
  8. Pelvic tumor surgery
  9. Prophylactic surgery
  10. Sacrectomy
  11. Spinal fusion
  12. Spinal stabilization surgery
  13. Spine decompression
  14. Spine procedure
  15. Spine reconstruction
  16. Spine tumor surgery
  17. Spondylolisthesis surgery
  18. Surgical biopsy
  19. Surgical stabilization of metastatic bone cancer
  20. Tumor biopsy
  21. Tumor resection
  22. Vertebral column resection
  • Spinal tumor surgery
  • Sacral tumor surgery/sacrectomy
  • Pelvic tumor surgery/hemipelvectomy
  • Limb salvage/extremity tumor surgery
  • Soft tissue and bone sarcoma
  • Metastatic epidural spinal cord compression
  • Metastatic bone disease
  • Multi-disciplinary cancer care
  1. 2021
    Fellowship - Musculoskeletal OncologyMayo Clinic
  2. 2020
    Fellowship - Spine SurgeryVancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia
  3. 2019
    Residency - Orthopaedic SurgeryHarvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program
  4. 2014
    MDHarvard Medical School
  5. 2010
    BS - Chemistry & SociologyVirginia Commonwealth University

Awards and honors

  1. 2020
    Best Oral Research Poster Presentation AwardAOSpine North American Annual Fellows Forum
  2. 2017
    Best Research Paper AwardMassachusetts Orthopaedic Association
  3. 2010
    Undergraduate Award in Analytical ChemistryAmerican Chemical Society
  4. 2010
    Outstanding Senior Student AwardAmerican Institute of Chemists
  5. 2009
    Goldwater ScholarshipThe Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  6. 2009
    Department of Chemistry - Mary Kapp Service AwardVirginia Commonwealth University
  7. 2007
    General Carl A. Spaatz AwardCivil Air Patrol
  8. 2006
    Presidential ScholarVirginia Commonwealth University

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - present
    Candidate MemberAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  2. 2021 - present
    Associate MemberNorth American Spine Society
  3. 2018 - 2019
    Executive Committee - Resident RepresentativeHarvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program
  4. 2018
    InstructorHarvard Medical School
  5. 2013 - 2014
    TutorHarvard Medical School
  6. 2013 - present
    MemberAesculapian Society, Harvard Medical School
  7. 2011 - 2012
    Executive Board Member105th Second Year Show, Harvard Medical School
  8. 2011
    MemberHarvard Medical School
  9. 2011
    InstructorHarvard Extension School
  10. 2010 - 2014
    DirectorCrimson Care Collaborative
  11. 2008 - 2009
    Student RepresentativeVirginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors
  12. 2007 - 2010
    Adjunct FacultyVirginia Commonwealth University
  13. 2007 - 2012
    Board of DirectorsThe Spaatz Association

Publications