Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Training Program Director: Carl Schmidt, MD

TheNewJamesThe Ohio State University, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, has had a surgical oncology program since 1977. The program was officially sanctioned by the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1981 and became Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited in 2012. 

We accept three fellows each year. It is a two year fellowship, with 21 months of clinical work and 3 months of dedicated research. There is an optional third year available for basic science research.

Clinical Rotations

All of the rotations take place at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute and the Ohio State University Hospitals. During the two-year fellowship program, the clinical rotations include 18 months on one of the clinical oncology services, one month of radiation therapy, one month in pathology, and one month in medical oncology.

Research Opportunities

Fellows are offered either basic or clinical research opportunities making an individualized two-year fellowship program with an optional third year. At present, research programs within the division of surgical oncology include molecular biology of soft tissue sarcomas, thyroid cancer, and pancreatic cancer, and melanoma; radio-guided surgery with the use of different radioactive isotopes; adoptive immunotherapy;  tumor immunology; gene mediated cytotoxic immunotherapy; outcomes research in neuroendocrine tumors, pancreatic cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, gastric cancer, peritoneal malignancies, and melanoma. As well, fellows have opportunities to participate in concept development, implementation, and conduct of clinical trials. All of these laboratories are ongoing within the division of surgical oncology and provide the fellows with opportunities to either initiate a new project or assist in one of the ongoing programs.

Grants and Graduate Medical Education

As part of a robust basic science effort, fellows have an opportunity to compete for one of 14 available NCI T32 training grants in cancer research as well obtaining advanced degrees in the Masters of Medical Science Program or in the College of Public Health. Close affiliation with an excellent General Surgery residency program permits exposure of fellows to continued core curriculum general surgery.

Meetings and Conferences

Weekly presentations and conferences including Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference, Surgical Oncology Case Conference and Educational Series, and disease specific conferences (Soft Tissue Tumor Board, Colorectal Conference, Pancreas Tumor Board, and Breast Multidisciplinary Conference). Surgical Grand Rounds also occur weekly; including 8-10 programs per year directly involving the Division of Surgical Oncology. Monthly meetings include administrative and research meetings in which specific research projects are discussed and critiqued by the oncology faculty. Journal club also meets monthly. Interesting articles related to different aspects of oncology are presented. Fellows and General Surgery residents also take part in a weekly didactic oncology teaching program.

Clinical Trials

The Arthur G. James Hospital and Ohio State University Hospitals belong to two national cooperative groups: the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology group and The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). Our fellows are directly exposed to national protocol and are encouraged to attend cooperative group meetings.

Upon completion of our fellowship program, approximately 2 out of 3 of our graduates have accepted academic positions in university programs. The other third have entered community practice, with approximately 90% of this third limiting their practice to surgical oncology.


The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard Solove Research Institute is a newly constructed 1 million square foot dedicated cancer facility opened in December 2014. This state-of-the-art hospital houses 305 beds and 14 operating rooms dedicated to cancer, featuring the latest technology in video integration, intraoperative radiation and imaging, and robotic surgery. 

Contact and Address:

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Long
Address: The Ohio State University 
Department of Surgery/Division of Surgical Oncology
N924 Doan Hall
410 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 293-0758
Fax: (614) 293-3465