Joel Mayerson

Joel Mayerson, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.8 out of 5




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 Ohio State University. 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 2010-2019.

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


Cleveland Clinic Hospital

Cleveland, OH


Orthopaedic Oncology


Seattle, WA

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Department

Department of Orthopaedics

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Mayerson 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 303 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.8/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.7/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.8/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.8/ 5

Patient Comments (19 total comments)

Reviewed: 11/16/2019

fantastic experience! first rate all aroond

Reviewed: 10/14/2019

Dr. Mayerson is highly skilled, compassionate, and recommended highly by myself and other area surgeons.

Reviewed: 9/24/2019

Dr. Joel Mayerson sat down and truly listened to my concerns. He has a very caring personality.

Reviewed: 9/24/2019

Good experience, everything I was told, about before the surgery and after the surgery has happened pretty much to the tee!

Reviewed: 8/30/2019

Dr. Mayerson is wonderful to work with.

Reviewed: 8/6/2019

He made me feel like I was wasting his time. His body language showed very little concern for my problem.

Reviewed: 6/24/2019

Dr. Mayerson is hands down one of the best physicians I have ever had.

Reviewed: 6/21/2019

Dr. Mayerson was very confusing, didn't ask me any questions, and was extremely non-empathetic. He told me there was nothing to do about my condition, and that I would just need to live with it. In his notes, he wrote that I was not in pain, which is not true.

Reviewed: 6/14/2019

I felt comfortable and confident consulting with Dr. Mayerson.

Reviewed: 5/21/2019

very compassionate complete & understanding

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