Cancer Genetics

Since 1996, Ohio State’s Clinical Cancer Genetics and Medical Genetics Programs have provided compassionate and personalized patient care, along with dedicated leadership and involvement in national and international human genetics studies. These two programs represent the clinical branch of the Division of Human Genetics within the Department of Internal Medicine.

Our clinical team provides comprehensive risk assessment and genetic counseling to patients and their families. We have performed more than 2,000 personalized risk assessments in the last 10 years.

Genetic consultations, which include genetic counseling, last approximately one to two hours and may include the following:

  • Review and documentation of medical and family history;
  • Targeted physical examination;
  • Explanation of basic genetic and medical concepts;
  • Discussion of relevant hereditary syndromes and their associated risks;
  • Individualized risk assessment and screening recommendations;
  • Discussion of the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing when indicated; and
  • Involvement in genetics-related research protocols.

In addition to our active clinical service, we coordinate and contribute to more than 20 IRB-approved research protocols. These are translational research studies that focus on many different hereditary diseases, and are done in collaboration with the Division of Human Genetics basic science researchers, other Ohio State University investigators and international collaborative groups. Our physicians and counselors hold faculty appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine and actively participate in research.

Visit the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program page to learn more.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: