Floortje Backes, MD

The James Cancer Center
Floortje Backes

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  • Gynecologic Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Ovarian Cancers
  • Endometrial Cancers
  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Peritoneal Cancers
  • Robotics
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Reproductive Health
  • Uterine Cancers
  • Women's Health
  • Vaginal Cancers
  • Vulvar Cancers
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I am a board certified gynecologic oncologist specialized in the comprehensive treatment of ovarian, endometrial/uterine, cervical, vaginal, vulva and other rare gynecologic cancers. I perform radical tumor reductive surgery and minimally invasive surgical procedures such as laparoscopy and robotics, and also give chemotherapy. I serve as an associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, and as the vice chair of the Cancer Institutional Review Board at The James. I was rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2017, and was listed on Best Doctors in America® List in 2017 (approximately 5% of physicians practicing in the U.S. are selected to each Best Doctors list).

My recent research focuses on novel treatments for gynecologic cancers, predictors/biomarkers of cancer outcomes and sentinel lymph nodes in endometrial cancer. My research has been published in Gynecologic Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer, the Journal of Surgical Oncology and many others with now over 75 publications. Before coming to train and work at The James, I completed medical school at the University of Groningen in Groningen, Netherlands.

What I love about working at the OSUCCC – James is working within a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team to provide our patients with tailored, individualized treatment plans. At The James, we have many standard of care options for treatment as well as a large variety of clinical trials, and resources to make sure our patients have the best experience and best results as possible.

Education and Background


  • University of Groningen School of Medicine

    Groningen, The Netherlands


  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    Columbus, OH


  • OB/GYN / Gynecological Oncology

    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    Columbus, OH

Board Certifications

  • American Board of OB/GYN
  • American Board of OB/GYN (Subspecialty: Gynecologic Oncology)

Academic Department

I see patients at

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

460 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210


JamesCare Gynecologic Oncology at Mill Run

3651 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026


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. Backes 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.

  • Clovis Oncology
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • UpToDate
  • Tesaro, Inc.
  • Agenus
  • Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.


Clinical Trials | Lead

  • NRG-GY009

  • NRG-GY017

  • NRG-GY005

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