Need to Know winter 2014 



In October, the OSUCCC – James celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award for Achievement in Cancer.

The Block family of Columbus established the award to honor the memory of their parents, Maxine and Herbert J. Block, who both died of cancer. It is given annually to a renowned cancer researcher who is invited to the OSUCCC – James to deliver the annual Block Lecture and to accept a monetary prize of $25,000.

“Twenty years ago the Block family met with the director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center to set up a fund designed to drive more advances in cancer through greater engagement and cross-industry collaborations,” says Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of the OSUCCC and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. “Today, it is one of the largest and most esteemed prizes awarded by an academic institution in the field of cancer.”

The Block Memorial Lectureship is funded by proceeds of the annual Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament, a golf outing established in 1982 by the Block family to honor their father.



The Division of Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University is seeking an experienced medical oncologist at the associate or full professor level to oversee clinical operations for the division and to develop initiatives for multimodality care in collaboration with The James’ world-class surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists and other specialties.


  • Providing leadership within the division;
  • Serving as the primary contact for faculty and clinical staff;
  • Providing clinical direction to help faculty optimize patient care and satisfaction;
  • Developing, reviewing and approving patient-care policies, procedures, protocols and order sets;
  • Establishing strategies to increase inpatient admissions and outpatient visits.


  • Strong complement of cancer sub-specialists;
  • Strong complement of senior faculty and administrative mentorship;
  • Rated “Exceptional” by the National Cancer Institute – the highest rating given to cancer centers by the NCI;
  • New 306-bed, state-of-the-art cancer hospital opening in 2014;
  • Multidisciplinary tumor-specific programmatic alignment;
  • A highly collaborative and active clinical trials program.

Candidates must be board certified in Medical Oncology and able to meet medical licensure requirements in Ohio.
The Ohio State University is an EOE/AA/M/F/D/V employer.

Please email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to: Miguel Villalona, MD, director of the Division of Medical Oncology,


A cancer emergency department is among the unique features
of the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, opening in 2014.

The James Cancer Emergency Department (ED) will be contiguous with the traditional Ohio State Wexner Medical Center ED. “It will be among the first fully integrated cancer EDs in the nation,” says Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief at the OSUCCC – James.

“The cancer ED will provide specialized emergency oncology care,” says Thomas E. Terndrup, MD, professor and chair of Emergency Medicine. “Those who arrive with a trauma or heart attack will be treated in the Wexner Medical Center ED, coordinated when appropriate with their cancer history and James staff.”

ED physicians trained in oncology will staff the department, along with a dedicated team of nurses. They will be expert in treating such oncologic emergencies as treatment-associated infections, tumor lysis syndrome, surgical problems such as bowel or kidney obstruction, or pain or weakness due to brain tumors or spine metastases.

“Additional diagnostic or treatment services will be available just an elevator ride away in The James,” says Goldberg, who is also professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and the Klotz Family Chair in Cancer Research.

The department will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will have a capacity of 15 patients, and it will have a waiting room designed for patients with compromised immunity.

“The cancer ED will accept patients treated at other centers, but we will be particularly well prepared for James patients needing emergency care,”  Terndrup says.

Cancer ED physicians will open the patient’s electronic chart and immediately learn the patient’s history, treatment regimens and other details. “That permits high-quality, personalized care,” Terndrup says.

“The James Cancer ED, true to the goals of the new cancer hospital, will enable us to maintain coordinated, integrated care of our patients, while optimizing efficiency and quality of care,” Goldberg says.


This year’s Pelotonia bicycling tour raised a record $19 million for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, pushing the five-year total of the annual grassroots event to more than $61 million.

“Every year, I am humbled by the generosity and tenacious commitment of the thousands of Pelotonia riders and volunteers working to help us reach our goal of creating a cancer-free word,” says Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

“Pelotonia support has been integral to our ability to attract and retain brilliant clinician-scientists; support student and fellowship training; purchase critical research equipment; and fund the new big ideas that will help us better understand each person’s unique cancer.”

Pelotonia 13, held Aug. 9-11, attracted a record 6,723 riders from 41 states and nine countries, along with 3,451 virtual riders and more than 2,300 volunteers. Riders for the tour chose from assorted routes between central Ohio and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Team Buckeye, Ohio State’s official superpeloton, had a record 1,178 Ohio State riders in 90 pelotons, 614 virtual riders and 122 volunteers. Its fundraising total stands at nearly $2.3 million.

Thanks to generous sponsors – including Huntington Bank, Limitedbrands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Kenyon College and Scotts Miracle-Gro  – 100 percent of every dollar raised by Pelotonia supports cancer research at the OSUCCC – James.

Pelotonia 14 is scheduled for Aug. 8-10. Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014. For more information, visit


U.S.News and World Report has ranked the OSUCCC – James among the top 20 on the magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer care.

This year, U.S.News placed the hospital at No. 20, a significant jump from last year’s impressive ranking of 25th. This is the 15th consecutive year that the OSUCCC – James has earned a place on the magazine’s prestigious list of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for cancer care. The James first made the list in 1999, less than a decade after it opened in July 1990.

The U.S.News 2013 rankings, featured online at, are based on clinical outcomes, patient safety, national reputation and more. Rankings are based on data collected annually from thousands of hospitals by U.S.News.  The cancer program is among 10 medical specialties at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center that U.S.News ranked among America’s best in 2013.

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