Joel Mayerson, MD

The James Cancer Center
Joel Mayerson

Clinical Expertise

  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Bone Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Limb Salvage
  • Disarticulation
  • Hemipelvectomy
  • Adamantinoma
  • Bone Cysts
  • Bone Cysts, Aneurysmal
  • Osteochondromatosis
  • Exostoses, Multiple Hereditary
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
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I am an orthopaedic oncologist specializing in bone and soft tissue cancers in the arms, legs and pelvis. I serve as director of the Sarcoma program at The James and as chief of musculoskeletal oncology. I’m also the Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at The OSU. I’m honored to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team that values working in close partnership with patients to develop innovative and effective treatment plans.

At The James, we’re not just experts in cancer — we’re experts in your individual cancer. Sarcomas are a unique and rare medical condition that can vary in size, shape and location in the extremities. I ensure each patient receives a thorough explanation of treatment options, as well as a comprehensive medical and personal evaluation so that we can determine the best course of treatment together. As a personal guide through the journey from patient to survivor, I am continuously amazed by the strength of the patients we serve.

I also conduct clinical research trials to continue to improve the treatment of orthopaedic cancer. My work has been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed medical journals, most recently in the American Journal of Orthopedics, the Journal of Surgical Oncology and Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology.

I’ve received numerous awards and honors throughout my career. I’ve been named one of America’s best cancer doctors by Best Doctors in America and I’m proud to have earned several Excellence in Teaching awards and a Certificate of Excellence in Patient Service from The Ohio State University.

Education and Background


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Baltimore, MD


  • Cleveland Clinic Hospital

    Cleveland, OH


  • Orthopaedic Oncology

    University of Washington Medical Ctr

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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