James Chen, MD

The James Cancer Center
James Chen

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  • Medical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Urologic Cancers
  • Peritoneal Cancers
  • Male Genitalia Cancers
  • Connective and Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
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I’m a medical oncologist treating patients with sarcomas as well as poorly classified and difficult treat tumors. My primary role is to treat the complete patient, not just the cancer. I am committed to understanding our patients’ entire health backgrounds, the biology of their tumors, and separate health factors so we can customize a sophisticated, targeted treatment regimen that is specific for each patient. I was rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2017.

I serve as an assistant professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology. As a researcher with a background in developing sophisticated software to analyze cancer data, I’m honored to work at a world-class, comprehensive cancer center where treatment is a collaborative effort of accomplished, accessible, compassionate professionals who extend beyond measures to provide first-class patient care.

Research is critical to treating these types of cancers that are often poorly understood. As a Sarcoma Alliance for Research Collaboration (SARC) Career Development Awardee, I receive funds that allow my laboratory to develop new and sophisticated methods of predicting chemotherapy success in sarcoma.

I serve on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Health Information Technology Committee, and I am the ASCO representative for the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). Additionally, I am the Ohio State University representative for the Cancer Informatics for Cancer Centers (CI4CC).

Education and Background


  • New Jersey Medical School

    Newark, NJ


  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

    Washington, DC


  • Medical Oncology

    University of Chicago Hospitals

    Chicago, IL

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. Chen 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.

  • Eisai, Inc.
  • Novartis
  • Foundation Medicine
  • MatchTx, LLC
  • Syapse
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