John Howard, MD

The James Cancer Center
John Howard

Clinical Expertise

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Connective and Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
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I am an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at The James with a clinical practice focused on the surgical treatment of melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma and retroperitoneal sarcoma. I am passionate about offering world class care to my patients. Through research collaborations and clinical trials available at The James, I hope to improve our understanding and treatment options for these various cancers.

The conditions I typically see in patients range from the common to the very rare and complex. I work as part of a multidisciplinary team with other cancer specialists to ensure each patient receives the highest possible care and personalized treatment.

I have authored or coauthored 17 medical journal articles on melanoma, sarcoma, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancers, and breast cancer. I have also given eight presentations to the medical-academic community at both regional and national meetings and contributed chapters to four textbooks.

As a physician I have the desire and mission to treat every patient with the utmost care and respect they deserve and to contribute to the ongoing discoveries that are helping to create a cancer-free world.

I currently serve on the OSU Biomedical Science Institutional Review Board, the Ohio State Health System Perioperative Quality Management Committee, the James Clinical Quality & Patient Safety Committee and the OSU Wexner Medical Center Professionalism Consultation Committee. In 2014 and 2015 I was proud to receive National Top Patient Satisfaction Recognition.

Education and Background


  • University of Alabama School of Medicine

    Birmingham, AL


  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Birmingham, AL

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Birmingham, AL


  • Surgical Oncology

    John Wayne Cancer Institute

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Academic Department

  • Department of Surgery
  • Division of Surgical Oncology
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