David Liebner, MD

The James Cancer Center
David Liebner

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  • Medical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Melanoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Skin Cancers
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Ewing
  • Liposarcoma
  • Histiocytoma, Malignant Fibrous
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Synovial
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
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I am a medical oncologist with a clinical specialization in bone and soft-tissue sarcoma and a research focus in cancer bioinformatics. At The Ohio State University, I serve as an assistant professor in Medical Oncology and in Biomedical Informatics.

My current work focuses on developing computational tools to improve prognostic and predictive models in sarcoma with the aim of facilitating more personalized cancer treatments. In particular, I’m interested in integrating results from sophisticated tests on patient tumors -- including next-generation sequencing, proteomics, and metabolimics -- with clinical databases in order to help understand what treatments work best in individual patients. As part of this work, I have led the creation of a Sarcoma Registry at the OSUCCC – James to allow us to capture this clinical data in a rigorous manner.

I’m inspired by the mission of the OSUCCC – James to achieve a cancer-free world, and feel honored to be a part of that vision. Because each patient is unique, the medical and therapeutic regimens we provide should mirror that, and I believe the better our ability to accurately predict responses and customize treatments, the more positive outcomes we will see.

I’ve authored or co-authored numerous medical manuscripts on sarcoma and am active in national and international research groups that are dedicated to developing novel treatments for sarcomas. I have served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on nearly 40 clinical studies at Ohio State. I’m excited about the work we’re doing at the OSUCCC – James, and all the potential medical breakthroughs to come.

Education and Background


  • State University of New York at Buffalo

    Buffalo, NY


  • SUNY at Buffalo

    Buffalo, NY


  • Hematology/Oncology

    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    Columbus, OH

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Medicine Oncology)

Academic Department

I see patients at

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

460 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210


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 12/20/2018, Dr. Liebner has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Foundation Medicine


Clinical Trials | Lead

  • OSU-14056

  • OSU-18042

  • OSU-17044

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