Lawrence Shirley

Lawrence Shirley, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.9 out of 5




I am a surgical oncologist with a focus on endocrine tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Once patients have a diagnosis of cancer, I’m able to collaborate with my colleagues to make sure these patients have the most cutting-edge treatments available. My research interests include the development of novel therapeutics for aggressive thyroid cancer, as well as determining the role of a tumor’s microenvironment in thyroid cancer progression. At the OSUCCC – James, we use the latest technology to help make this determination so that we can safely remove some cancers while keeping other patients from unnecessary procedures.

I also serve as an assistant professor of surgical oncology in The Ohio State University College of Medicine and have co-authored many articles in such journals as Cancer Research, Annals of Surgical Oncology and Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. I am currently the program director of our Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, training the next generation of cancer surgeons.

There is no greater honor than being able to practice alongside some of the most renowned cancer experts in the world. Beyond this, there’s a wonderful camaraderie among my colleagues. In the end, we’re all focused on one goal: creating a cancer-free world.

Education and Background


University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Lexington, KY


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Philadelphia, PA


Surgical Oncology

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Columbus, OH

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Academic Department

Department of Surgery

Division of Surgical Oncology

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. Shirley 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

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Overall Ratings (out of 72 reviews)
4.9 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.9/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.8/ 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 (0 total comments)


Intraoperative Parathyroid Autofluorescence Detection in Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism.

Squires MH, Jarvis R, Shirley LA, Phay JE

Ann Surg Oncol 26


Long-Term Efficacy of Lymph Node Reoperation for Persistent Papillary Thyroid Cancer: 13-Year Follow-Up.

Onuma AE, Beal EW, Nabhan F, Hughes T, Farrar WB, Phay J, Ringel MD, Kloos RT, Shirley LA

Ann Surg Oncol in press


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