Joel Mayerson, MD

The James Cancer Center
Joel Mayerson

Clinical Expertise

  • Adamantinoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Cysts
  • Bone Cysts, Aneurysmal
  • Disarticulation
  • Exostoses, Multiple Hereditary
  • Hemipelvectomy
  • Limb Salvage
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Osteochondromatosis
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
  • Soft Tissue Cancers
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I am an orthopaedic oncologist specializing in bone and soft tissue cancers in the arms, legs and pelvis. I serve as director of the Sarcoma program at The James and as chief of musculoskeletal oncology. I’m also the Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at The OSU. I’m honored to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team that values working in close partnership with patients to develop innovative and effective treatment plans. I was also named to the Castle Connolly list of "America's Top Doctors” from 2010-2018.

At The James, we’re not just experts in cancer — we’re experts in your individual cancer. Sarcomas are a unique and rare medical condition that can vary in size, shape and location in the extremities. I ensure each patient receives a thorough explanation of treatment options, as well as a comprehensive medical and personal evaluation so that we can determine the best course of treatment together. As a personal guide through the journey from patient to survivor, I am continuously amazed by the strength of the patients we serve.

I also conduct clinical research trials to continue to improve the treatment of orthopaedic cancer. My work has been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed medical journals, most recently in the American Journal of Orthopedics, the Journal of Surgical Oncology and Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology.

I’ve received numerous awards and honors throughout my career. I’ve been named one of America’s best cancer doctors by Best Doctors in America and I’m proud to have earned several Excellence in Teaching awards and a Certificate of Excellence in Patient Service from The Ohio State University.

Education and Background


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Baltimore, MD


  • Orthopaedic Oncology


    Seattle, WA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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 3/26/2018, Dr. Mayerson 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 at 614-293-7802.

  • DePuy Synthes
  • Onkos Surgical
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