Maryam Lustberg, MD

The James Cancer Center
Maryam Lustberg

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  • Medical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Breast Cancer
  • Tumor Markers, Biological
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I am an associate professor on the tenure track in the Division of Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University, where I specialize in treating patients with breast cancer and conduct world-class NIH-funded research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

I treat patients with all types and stages of breast cancer, combining personalized and compassionate care with the latest advances in therapy and survivorship. I have been recognized for my patient-focused service. I received the 2014 Highest Patient Satisfaction Award in Medical Oncology for our division, earned a Top Physician Performer Award for high outpatient satisfaction scores in 2012, was recognized for being in the top 10 percent nationally for patient-satisfaction scores in 2013 and 2016, and was named to the Forbes Honor Roll for breast oncology in 2017. I also have served on multiple committees at our university and cancer center.

My research focuses on improving long-term outcomes for breast cancer patients who have developed side effects associated with treatment, and on investigating novel blood-based biomarkers to identify recurrence and treatment toxicity earlier. I conduct clinical trials in this area and collaborate with lab- based researchers to understand the biological reasons for these toxicities. I am also interested in food-based interventions that may control inflammation as it relates to symptoms experienced by cancer survivors. I have led several studies that have provided new insights into the development and treatment of these conditions, such as peripheral neuropathy and febrile neutropenia, and I have authored papers about this work in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

I joined the Division of Medical Oncology in August 2010 after completing a two-year internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland and a three-year combined medical oncology and breast medical oncology fellowship at Ohio State (2007-2010). I also obtained a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Clinical Investigation from Ohio State’s College of Public Health in 2010. I obtained my medical degree from the University of Maryland in 2003.

I serve as medical director of survivorship for the OSUCCC – James and as director for breast cancer survivorship for The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. In addition, I chair the Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Committee and am involved in community events that increase public awareness of breast cancer and survivorship issues. I enjoy interacting with community members and sharing the latest breast cancer updates. I also have spoken publicly on survivorship issues related to advanced breast cancer.

Education and Background


  • University of Maryland Medicine School

    Baltimore, MD


  • University of Maryland Medical Center

    Baltimore, MD


  • Hematology/Oncology

    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    Columbus, OH

  • Hematology/Oncology

    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    Columbus, OH

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Medicine Oncology)

Academic Department

I see patients at

Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212


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. Lustberg has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


Clinical Trials | Lead

  • OSU-18177

  • OSU-15222

  • OSU-13165

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