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.