“First and foremost, we provide our patients with the type of medical care that we would want for our family members and loved ones.”

Dr. Balsamo’s practice focus includes metastatic bone disease, bone and soft tissue sarcomas in pediatric and adult patients, benign bone tumors and cysts, and the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis and avascular necrosis of the hips and knees.  Specific conditions include soft tissue masses, giant cell tumors, benign cartilage tumors of bone, chondrosarcoma, osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, metastatic bone lesions of the upper and lower extremities, and complex allograft reconstructions and revisions.

Top Conditions

  • Benign bone tumors and cysts
  • Metastatic disease of bone
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Malignant bone tumors in adults and children
  • Giant cell tumor
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Post-traumatic arthritis and avascular necrosis of the hips and knees

Top Treatments


  • Limb salvage and reconstructive surgery
  • Resection of benign and malignant bone and soft tissue sarcomas
  • Allograft reconstructions
  • Primary and revision hip and knee reconstruction

Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Luke Balsamo obtained both his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and medical degree from the University of Rochester. Following medical school, he completed a surgery internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He then served two years as the medical officer aboard the USS NASHVILLE before completing his orthopaedic residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Following this, he completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of Miami.

Since returning from his fellowship, Dr. Balsamo has served in multiple capacities at the naval hospital, including residency program director and division chief. As one of three orthopaedic oncologists in the Navy, he has been consulted on and treated patients from around the world. In addition to his medical officer tour, he has deployed to Germany, Spain, Vietnam, Cuba and Afghanistan. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and is an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has taken an active role in local, state and national orthopaedic societies. In addition he is the author of multiple book chapters and journal articles and has presented research at multiple meetings. Dr. Balsamo retired from the Navy after 21 years of active service.

Dr. Balsamo and his wife, Thao live in Virginia Beach. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, fishing and golf.


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  • Surgery Internship, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
  • M.D., University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

What Dr. Balsamo’s Patients are Saying:

Brenda R.

“I have been seeing Dr. Balsamo and he is the sweetest and most genuine Dr in the practice. He talks to you so you can understand what he is telling you and he definitely is sincere and very caring physician. I definitely recommend that you see him, he will definitely be my Orthopedic Physician whenever I need to be seen in the future.”

William W.

“Staff is very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. Any question I have is addressed immediately. They demonstrate genuine interest in my well being to ensure quick recovery. I’m am most impressed with the talent of my doctor. I fully expected more pain from post surgery than what I actually have! Not that I would want to go through more surgery’s, but given the choice, I would definitely pick AOS and Dr. Balsamo.”

Lynne I.

“I was seen by Dr. Balsamo who was wonderful and operated on me that same evening. His kind bedside manner and willingness to explain my injury were so comforting. He is obviously well respected by the nursing staff on the orthopedic floor, and the whole experience was easier to endure because I was in the hands of a great care team. My office follow ups have been pleasant and efficient and I look forward to seeing him each time. He is replacing my knee next week!.”

Top Conditions

Worker’s Comp: When it’s not just a Strain

Soft Tissue Sarcoma(Open PDF)

Avascular Necrosis of the Hip(Open PDF)

Top Treatments

Surgical Lipoma Removal from Deltoid

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