Carlo Contreras

Carlo Contreras, MD





I am a surgical oncologist who specializes in skin and soft tissue cancers, including melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. For years, treatment options for these types of cancer have been very limited, but recently, entirely new classes of medications and therapies have been made available that provide unique opportunities to learn and apply innovative treatments that really benefit patients.

As a surgeon, my focus is on spending time with my patients so that they feel empowered and knowledgeable about their diagnosis, what it means for them and their loved ones, and which surgical options most closely match their goals. These discussions are all within the context of a dedicated multidisciplinary team of specialists who understand the particular concerns of skin cancer patients. As one of the nation’s leading cancer centers, the OSUCCC – James is able to offer cutting-edge therapies and clinical trial opportunities that are simply not available at many other medical centers.

In addition to my clinical work, I am an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at The Ohio State University and actively participate in a variety of skin cancer clinical trials. I also serve on several National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline committees and have developed a novel, minimally invasive robotic technique to remove inguinal and pelvic lymph nodes that has been featured at multiple national meetings.

One of the great things about working at the OSUCCC – James is the patient-centered approach to treatment because at the end of the day, I am treating a person – not a disease. I also love that everyone here is so dedicated to helping our patients with wellness and remaining cancer-free after they’ve completed their cancer therapy. At The James, we work to help our patients beat cancer and equip them to live their lives to the fullest.

Education and Background


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL


University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic

Madison, WI


Surgical Oncology

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

Academic Department

Department of Surgery

Division of Surgical Oncology

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the university requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their university responsibilities. As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Contreras has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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