Peter Shields, MD

The James Cancer Center
Peter Shields

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  • Medical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
  • Cocarcinogenesis
  • Lung Cancers
  • Tumor Markers, Biological
  • Mesothelioma
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
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I’m a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer. My research focus is on cancer prevention and the causes of cancer, with a focus on developing tests to identify people who are at the most risk of cancer. Although most of my research is about breast and lung cancer, with a heavy emphasis on tobacco products, it is not limited to that. My funding for the research comes from the federal government, foundations and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. Importantly, I publish our research results regularly, with many articles appearing in respected journals almost monthly.

I currently direct several large research projects, including epidemiology studies and clinical trials funded by the National Cancer Institute. In the past, I directed a multi-institution contract from the National Cancer Institute toward developing new methods to study tobacco products. I also led a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Center of Excellence to understand why alcohol drinking causes breast cancer and is used as a paradigm for cancer risk relating to nutrition.

I’m a tenured professor in the department of internal medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and in the division of epidemiology at the Ohio State University College of Public Health. I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “America's Top Doctors” from 2008-2018. Additionally, I have served as the president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology and am a fellow in the American College of Epidemiology. I’ve published more than 210 studies, with topics ranging from toxicology and epidemiology to behavior and health disparities.

One of my primary roles is deputy director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). I oversee the scientific research programs and research infrastructure of OSUCCC – James that includes more than 270 cancer researchers from 11 of Ohio State’s 15 colleges.

This type of research happens only in a place that has researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines working together to eradicate cancer. Ohio State is such a place – the breadth and depth of the researchers, as well as the infrastructure, is exceptional. It’s a privilege to be part of this collective effort.

Education and Background


  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine SUNY

    New York, NY


  • George Washington University Medical Center

    Washington, DC


  • Hematology/Oncology

    George Washington University Medical Center

    Washington, DC

Board Certifications

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

Academic Department

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The James at Brain and Spine Hospital

300 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. Shields 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.

  • Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy
  • Husch Eppenberger LLP
  • Jones Carr McGoldrick
  • Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
  • Chubb Insurance
  • Gallagher Bassett Services
  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Monsanto Company
  • Sedgwick LLP
  • Affinity Mutual Insurance
  • Arrowwood Indemnity
  • Capes Sokol Law Firm
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Fishkin Lucks LLP
  • Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson LLC
  • National Railroad
  • National Union Life Insurance
  • Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Phillips 66
  • Pusateri, Johnston, Guillot & Greenbaum
  • Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC


Clinical Trials | Lead

  • OSU-18044

  • OSU-15098

  • OSU-17070

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