Henry Mankin, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
1122A Jackson Building
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 726-2735
Fax: (617) 724-7396
Henry Mankin, MD, served as chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Orthopedics from 1972 to 1996. He founded the MGH Orthopedic Oncology Service, serving as its chief from 1972 to 2000. Author of the book Pathophysiology of Orthopedic Disease, Dr. Mankin is known for pioneering innovative and lifesaving treatments for individuals with musculoskeletal tumors.
Dr. Mankin’s Early Career
Born in Pittsburgh, Dr. Mankin attended the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate and medical school, receiving his MD in 1953. Dr. Mankin completed an internship at University of Chicago before serving in the Navy during the Korean War. Afterward, he did his residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City.
In 1960, he joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Orthopedic Service. In 1966, he returned to the Hospital for Joint Diseases as chief of orthopedics and professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Mankin’s Later Accomplishments
In 1972, Dr. Mankin became chief of orthopedic surgery at the MGH, serving until 1996. He also ran the Harvard Combined Residency Program until 1998 and the Orthopedic Oncology Service until 2000. He developed a fellowship in orthopedic oncology, which has since trained more than 80 fellows in caretaking and surgical treatment for patients with these complex diseases.
From 1962 to 2003, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continuously funded Dr. Mankin for orthopedic biologic research. During this time, he performed research in areas such as cartilage, osteoarthritis, grafting, Gaucher disease and other aspects of tumors.
In 2014, Dr. Mankin was recognized with a professorship named in his honor called the Henry J. Mankin, MD, Endowed Scholar in Orthopedics. He is the recipient of the 2010 Orthopedic Research Society/Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (ORS/OREF) Distinguished Investigator Award. This award goes to individuals who make significant, lasting contributions to orthopedic research and are examples of mentorship and service to the professional community.