Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Richard L. McGough, III, MD

  • Professor
  • Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Co-director, Sarcoma Specialty Center, UPCI

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Residency: Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship: Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

Representative Publications

1. McGough RL, Aswad BI, Terek RM. Pathologic Neovascularization in Cartilage Tumors. Clin Orthop 397:76-82, 2002.

2. McGough RL, Yasko AW.  Techniques in Pelvic Resection. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 14(4):259-266, 2004

3. McGough RL, Lin PP, Lewis VO, Rutledge J, Yasko AW. Impact Severity of Local Recurrance of Giant Cell Tumor. Clin Orthop (438):116-22, 2005.

4. Rao N, Cannella B, Crossett LS, Yates AJ, McGough RL. A Preoperative Decolonization Protocol for Staphylococcus Aureus prevents Orthopaedic Infections. Clin Orthop 466(6):1343-8, 2008.

5. McGough RL. The “Bail-Out” Technique:  The use of Segmental Mega-Prosthetic Reconstructions for Bony Nonunions. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 18(2):136-151, 2008.

6. Laudermilch D, Fedorka K, Rao N, Heyl A, McGough RL. Outcomes Of Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty After Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection. Clin Orthop 2010.

7. Rao N, Cannella B, Crossett LS, Yates AJ, McGough RL, Hamilton C. Preoperative Screening/Decolonization for Staphylococcus aureus to Prevent Orthopedic Surgical Site Infection: ProspectiveCohort Study With 2-Year Follow-Up. J Arthroplasty 26(8): 1501, 2011.

8. Ercolano LB, Christensen T, McGough R, Weiss K.  Treatment Solutions Are Unclearfor Perimegaprosthetic Infections. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013.

9. McGough RL. The Brachy VAC: A new method for managing sarcomas requiring soft tissue reconstruction. Op Tech Orthop. 24:68-74, 2014.

10. Van Eck C, McGough RL. Clinical Outcome of Osseointegrated Prostheses for Lower Extremity Amputations: a Systematic Review of Literature. Current Orthopaedic Practice. In Press.



Research Interests

My primary clinical research interest involves the concept of transcutaneousosseo integration. By this process, we directly attach a prosthesis to the skeleton of an amputee. This allows amputees to cease using socket prostheses. By doing this, we provide amputees with relief from the skin complications common to amputees who use sockets. We also allow a process called osseopropriaception, which means that the amputees can directly “feel” their prostheses and know where they are in space far better than when using a socket. A secondary research interest is the study of BrachyVAC surgery, a technique we pioneered here in Pittsburgh. This technique allows the treatment of superficial spreading sarcomas with optimal oncologic and reconstructive outcomes.

I am extremely interested in resident/surgeon education, and take a large role in our department’s teaching program. I also teach nationally and internationally for students, trainees, and practicing surgeons.

Research Grants

Current Research Funding:

Gait Analysis of Transfemoral Amputees with Socket Prostheses
Pittsburgh Foundation
Primary Investigator; No salary support
July 2017 – June 2018


Prior Research Funding:

The Illuminoss Humeral trial
Local PI; No salary effort
August 2016-Aug 2017

UPMC Total Joint Reconstruction Registry
Pittsburgh Foundation
Primary Investigator; No salary support
July 2010 – Dec 2012

Investigation of Site Specific Variability of VEGF/VEGRF Expression in Ewing’s Sarcoma
Pittsburgh Foundation
Primary Investigator; No salary support
July 2009 – Dec 2012

Angiogenic Profiles in Ewing’s Sarcoma
PGI Foundation
Primary Investigator; No salary support

The Depuy LCS-PS Postmarket Study
Primary Investigator; No salary support