Don Benson

Don Benson, MD, PhD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.9 out of 5




I’m a hematologist/oncologist caring for patients with multiple myeloma, amyloidosis and those undergoing blood and marrow transplantation. I am privileged to lead clinical trials and research projects in my laboratory to develop new treatments for and understanding of these conditions. I am grateful to teach in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where I have received both the Professor of the Year Award (2012) and the Distinguished Educator Award (2015). I currently serve as a professor of medicine and as the director of the Myeloma Program at The Ohio State University. For many years, I have been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction.

We strive to deliver personalized care to our patients by taking into account not only their specific type of cancer but their desires and goals as well. My team’s research programs work toward developing novel treatments that enhance the immune system’s ability to detect and kill cancer cells. Natural killer cells are a type of immune cell capable of eliminating cancer cells, and much of the research we do focuses in the exciting area of immunotherapy for cancer.

I’ve published over 100 peer-reviewed clinical, translational and laboratory-based research papers in journals such as Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, PNAS, Cancer Cell, Clinical Cancer Research and others. My team’s work has been presented at international scientific meetings around the world and has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, Pelotonia and other sources.

I feel blessed to work at The James because of my team. I believe that the collective care we provide to patients is much greater than our individual contributions. Our patients have the added benefit of the entire institution supporting them in their fight to overcome cancer.

Education and Background


Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Rootstown, OH


University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, VA



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

Department of Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology

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. Benson has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


Patient Satisfaction Review

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 121 reviews)
4.9 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.9/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.9/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.9/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.9/ 5

Patient Comments (7 total comments)

Reviewed: 4/29/2019

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Benson taking care of me.

Reviewed: 4/12/2019

The best!! In every way -

Reviewed: 3/8/2019

Excellent - questions answered & went above & beyond when found I had a new problem - initiated care not related to visit reason I will be forever grateful getting me to proper care.

Reviewed: 2/7/2019

Dr Donald Benson is extremely knowledge about MM & it excellent about communicating his knowledge to me.

Reviewed: 2/6/2019

My doctor is the very best. Dr. Don Benson. He is always concerned & caring. Really listens to me.

Reviewed: 1/27/2019

Dr. Benson is the best!

Reviewed: 1/13/2019

answers all questions-calls-emails etc- I have never had a difficult time reaching my doctor or talking to him


Tocilizumab as first-line therapy for steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host-disease: analysis of a single-center experience.

Yucebay F, Matthews C, Puto M, Li J, William B, Jaglowski SM, Penza SL, Vasu S, Benson DM, Andritsos LA, Devine SM, Efebera YA, Roddy JVF

Leuk Lymphoma in press


BEAM or BUCYVP16-conditioning regimen for autologous stem-cell transplantation in non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.

Singer S, Sharma N, Dean R, Zhao Q, Abounader D, Elder P, Hofmeister CC, Benson DM, Rosko A, Penza S, Andritsos L, Vasu S, Jaglowski S, William BM, Bolwell B, Pohlman B, Kalaycio M, Jagadeesh D, Hill B, Sobecks R, Devine SM, Majhail NS, Efebera YA

Bone Marrow Transplant in press


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